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The Six PYP Subject Areas
at Campus des Nations

Social Studies & Science

At Campus des Nations, Social Studies and Science are taught as large Units of Inquiry. This allows for true in-depth exploration and the natural integration of other relevant subject areas. Different units can last about 6 weeks and cover a variety of topics. All of theses units are outlined Programme of Inquiry.

In Science, the topics are arranged into four main strands:

  • Living Things
  • Earth & Space
  • Matter & Materials
  • Forces & Energy
kitchen chemistry drawing

In Social Studies, there are three main areas of exploration:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Society

 

hand designs from a whole class

English Language

Language is central to a child’s development and is a key element of all curriculum areas at Campus des Nations. Throughout the day and in all subject areas, language is seen as a crucial tool for learning. Students learn to use the language appropriate to different formal and informal situations – for example, the informal language of a class discussion or the formal structures used in report writing. Students at our school do more than master basic language skills. They learn to express feelings and opinions and to support their opinions with sound arguments and research.

children using language to work together

Additional Languages

English is the language of instruction at Campus des Nations.  We also offer French instruction from the age of four, or additional English support for students still mastering the English language (EAL).

EAL class cow

Mathematics

Mathematics is a key element in our curriculum. At the Campus des Nations, students gain knowledge of mathematical language, and learn to express their mathematical ideas clearly in five mathematical strands:

  • Number Sense & Numeration
  • Geometry
  • Patterning & Algebra
  • Data Management & Probability
  • Measurement

Each day, our students learn to identify relationships between mathematical concepts and problem solve in everyday situations.

 

Year 3 number drawing

Music

All students at the Campus des Nations receive music instruction each week with a specialty teacher. During these classes, students learn the basic elements of music through listening to, performing and creating music.

 

Information and CommunicationTechnologies

Each class regularly uses the mobile computer lab. In addition, each classroom has several computers for students to use. Our in-depth computer curriculum focuses on teaching skills that are meaningful for students, and that can be applied to the other subjects they are studying in class.

 

Using the iBook mobile lab

Library

Students visit the library once a week with their class and at their leisure during their recess breaks. During their library period, students learn research skills as well as being exposed to new literature.

Story in the Pregny library

Art & Drama

At Campus des Nationsl, Art is taught by a specialty teacher and integrated into the Units of Inquiry. Specific artistic skills are taught, including the elements of design, art interpretation and the creation of artwork that communicates a range of ideas and feelings. Drama is incorporated into the classroom, where students interpret plays and stories using dramatic techniques and communicate using role-play and movement.

Year 6 toning and shading in art class

Personal and Social Education and Physical Education

All students at Campus des Nations receive 2-40 minute Physical Education periods each week supported by a Physical Education specialist. During this time, students learn the basic elements of healthy living and active participation. During Physical Education class, students are also introduced to fundamental movement skills, including locomotion, manipulation and stability.

Personal and Social Educaiton is incorporated into the Units of Inquiry.

Sports at Pregny

 

5concepts

Action

Concepts

Knowledge

Skills

Attitude

Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through positive action and service; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements

Powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explore and re-explore in order to develop understanding

Significant, relevant, subject matter which students are expected to explore and know about

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Those things which the students need to be able to do to succeed in a changing, challenging world

Dispositions which are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people

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updated 13 fÈvrier, 2007