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Curriculum

At KSI Montenegro we strive to provide all our learners with a balanced, relevant, engaging and differentiated education to ensure the success of all our students.

The aim of our school is to support the development of independent lifelong learners. Our teachers seek to instil in learners an attitude of confidence and achievement, which when combined with a rigorous academic curriculum, opportunities for sports and artistic self-expression prepares learners to graduate to the most respected universities in the world.

KSI Montenegro is an IB world school offering three academic programmes for children aged 3 – 18 years:

Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)

Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)

Diploma Years Programme (IB DP)

Languages

English is the primary language of instruction however providing lessons to support the learning of Montenegrin, the host country language, will enable our learners to develop better cultural understanding and integrate into the Montenegrin community.

A third language and/or mother tongue language support is also offered to support our school’s mission of enabling learners to engage productively and creatively in a global environment. Currently, we are providing lessons of French and German language.

We have traditional language lessons but also integrate technology and language learning with the use of the immersive language programme Rosetta Stone.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP)

What is the PYP?

The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12.

It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

It is a framework guided by six interdisciplinary themes of global significance.

Themes are explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas.

What are the six subject areas identified within the PYP?

Languages

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Arts (Music, Drama & Visual)

Personal, Social and Physical Education

What are the six transdisciplinary themes of the PYP?

Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

How the world works

How we organise ourselves

Sharing the planet

The themes allow teachers to incorporate local and global issues into the units of inquiry and support children’s learning outside of the confines of learning within just subject areas.

Each theme or Unit of Inquiry lasts approximately 6 weeks for Years 1 through 6 and 9 weeks for Kinder classes.

Assessment

Students are continuously assessed by their teachers throughout the unit of inquiry but also receive a formalised end of unit assessment to record their progress of subject specific knowledge, understanding the central idea and learner goals. Assessments particularly focus on mathematics and literacy development.

To help measure progress, children will take MAP assessment tests 3 times a year, to monitor their growth and ensure any “needs” are highlighted in Mathematics or English. For more information on MAP assessments please speak to the school or visit the NWEA website.

The Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)

What is the IB Middle Years Programme?

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16.

It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world.

It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

The Curriculum

The MYP is a disciplinary and interdisciplinary curriculum, which consists of eight subject groups. Subject teachers provide a global context for teaching and learning, and develop conceptual understanding within their own discipline and across subject groups.

Students are required to study at least two languages (as part of their multilingual profile and also to develop their intercultural understanding), individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design. These subjects are unified by their focus on skills that help students learn how to learn, and their promotion of service as action.

In Year 10, students will undertake a small group ‘community project’ to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. This will help to prepare them for their final year, during which students will undertake an independent ‘personal project’ to summatively demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding to this point.

What are the eight subject areas identified within the MYP?

Language acquisition

Language and literature

Individuals and societies

Sciences

Mathematics

Arts

Physical and health education

Design

The MYP is a disciplinary and interdisciplinary curriculum. Subject teachers provide a global context for teaching and learning, and develop conceptual understanding within their own discipline and across subject groups.

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the programme. In the final two years of the programme, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.

Assessment

MYP assessment standards are consistent around the world and are a criterion-related assessment model. Our teachers structure varied continuous assessment tasks so that learners can demonstrate achievement according to the objectives defined by the IB. Tasks are assessed against established criteria, not against the work of other students.

These include:

open-ended, problem-solving activities and investigations

organised debates

tests and examinations

hands-on experimentation

analysis and reflection.

The recording and reporting of individual levels of achievement are organised in ways that provide students with detailed feedback on their progress as it relates to the assessment criteria for each subject group.

Students will also continue to sit the MAP assessment tests 3 times a year to assess their progress in Mathematics and English.

The Diploma Years Programme (IB DP)

What is the Diploma Programme?

The DP is designed for students aged 16-18.

It is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations.

It is aimed at preparing students for success at university and life beyond.

The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.

What is the curriculum?

Studies in language and literature

Language acquisition

Individuals and societies

Sciences.

Mathematics

The arts.

IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Student may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5. There are different courses within each subject group.

To be awarded an IB Diploma, a candidate must successfully complete 6 courses, exams and internal assessments, as well as three core requirements:

The Diploma Programme core is:

The extended essay: This asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.  The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.

Theory of knowledge: This develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.

Creativity, action, service (CAS): This involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

Examinations

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.