Student Support Within The PYP
At LIS, we strongly believe in differentiating our instruction so that we can best support the learning needs of all of our students. We acknowledge the fact that there are many types of learners and we therefore vary our teaching strategies and assessment techniques so that we give our students every opportunity to demonstrate to us what they know. Our small class sizes enable our teachers to give individual attention to each and every one of our students.
The Student Support Team also supports our primary students and acts as an early warning system for any student that is experiencing difficulties at school, emotionally or academically.
Additional Student Support is available at LIS which could include a part time English as Additional Language (EAL) teacher if available, although we mainly teach English to non-English speakers through an immersion program with the assistance of the classroom teachers
Learning for Life (L4L)
Approaches To Learning:
Students learn skills applicable across their lives that help them to become more reflective, independent and responsible learners.
Students in Years 2 – Year 6 participate in regular guidance lessons to develop a mindful approach to utilizing learning skills throughout their school and personal lives.
- ATL are the thinking, communication, social, self-management and research skills required for personal and academic success;
- ATL are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the teaching and learning environment;
- ATL supports the IB belief that a large influence on a student’s education is not only what he/she learns but also how he/she learns;
- ATL are intrinsically linked with the IB learner profile attributes to enhance student learning and assist student preparation for life beyond school.
The ATL are developed through:
- Cognitive Skills: all the information processing and thinking skills, often called “study skills” in a school environment.
- Affective Skills: the skills of behavioral and emotional management underpinning attitudinal factors such as resilience, perseverance, and self-motivation, which often play a large role in educational achievement.
- Metacognitive Skills: the skills that students can use to monitor the effectiveness of their learning skills and processes, to better understand and evaluate their learning.