IB is not just an instruction program. The methodology goes way beyond and offers a multicultural education which prioritizes the development of socioemotional skills, shaping global citizens with international mindsets capable of making informed decisions and aware of their responsibility to the planet, helping to create a more peaceful and better world.

Through IB, we want our students to be supportive, open-minded, solidly principled, reflective, communicative, inquisitive and sensible risk takers.

Currently, the school applies the PYP in Sao Paulo, focusing on early Childhood Education and Elementary School I. The school entire community, including parents, is considered a partner in learning and contributes to a wholesome educational experience through which students can start building their own learning capacity agency. The PYP encourages students to be active and empathic learners who understand and respect differences.

THE 5 ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM

The program features a curriculum with five essential elements: Knowledge, Concepts, Skills, Attitudes, and Action. From this point of reference, Red House students learn through active research and exploration inside and outside the classroom.

The teaching process is interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary and enables learning to be contextualized and related to topics of local and global relevance.

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THE FIVE ELEMENTS OF THE PYP CURRICULUM STRUCTURE

  • Attitudes
    Behavior that contributes to an international mindset and reveals values and feelings about learning, the environment and the community
  • Action
    Responsible and transformative enactment of values, beliefs and attitudes in the world

CURRICULUM ORGANIZATION AXES

The Red House Elementary School curriculum is organized around the major axes of knowledge:

Portuguese Language

Along with English, Portuguese is a language of instruction at Red House. That way, beyond the linguistic development itself, the school gives special attention to the History of Brazil, Culture and Literature in order to expand students’ knowledge of the country’s culture and develop in young learners’ habit of reading, creativity and critical thinking.

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English Language

English is the main language of instruction at Red House and from early childhood education students learn to communicate in English. In Elementary School, oral skills, reading and writing skills are enhanced through the curricular contents and works of foreign literature, both in English and Portuguese.

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Spanish Language

From Year 1, Spanish is introduced in the curriculum as a foreign language. Language practices are developed around reading, understanding and interpreting of texts, as well as listening, speaking and writing.

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Mathematics

Logic as a solutions resource in various ways. This is the path to effective and long-term knowledge. To this end, Red House chose a methodology from Singapore, a benchmark country in Math instruction. The methods and tools simplify exponentially the secrets and intricacies of mathematics, with our fully trained teachers.

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Science

Research is the basis of Science Studies. In all grades of elementary school, students are encouraged to experiment, explore, compare, ask teachers and perform experiments to expand their knowledge in the discipline in a practical and effective way.

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Social Studies: Geography and History

Geography and History make up the area of Social Studies. The understanding of society and the planet is magnified in this discipline. Students investigate and learn that humans are organized in communities; and how they influence the environment and cultures differ. They also come to understand the changes that occur over time and how the past, and technology, impacts the present.

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Sports

It is a tool that enables students to deal with their needs, limits, desires and expectations. It develops technical, social, attitudinal and communicative competences, concurrently promoting respect and team spirit. At Red House, sport does more than muscle stretching: it strengthens and stimulates global aspects of health, wellness and self-agency.

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Arts

An integral part of the Red House curriculum, Art represents a powerful communication tool through which students explore and build a sense of self. It provides meaningful social and cultural engagement and historical perspectives of society.

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Music

The activities in the classroom are planned to stimulate children’s interest in music. In early childhood education, students learn playfully. From Elementary School, students learn by being exposed to different rhythms, melodies, circle songs and by exploring instruments. The IB PYP music subject has four focus areas that unfold progressively.

Performing, divided into Singing and Playing Instruments. Since Toddler lessons, students are encouraged to sing and explore the instruments playfully, with body movements that help them assimilate music’s basic elements. Over the years, their repertoire increases and new techniques are developed.

The second is Listening Appreciation It exposes musical works from different eras, styles and cultures, encouraging students to identify the various musical elements such as rhythm and melody. Through the Notation pillar, elementary students learn from drawings, lines and symbols. And from Elementary I, a gradual approximation to notation (sound records) and traditional reading begin so students can create their own compositions.

All elements learned are reinforced in Creating and Composing, fostering the use of imagination so children can organize sounds to compose music.

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OTHER PROGRAMS

MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME

For students from 11 to 16 years of age, it focuses on intellectual challenges and engages students in relating the traditional disciplines to the world outside the classroom. The MYP encourages students to become critical thinkers, creative and reflective.

The program is flexible and meets the requirements of most national curricula. Based on the five elements developed in the PYP, the program prepares students for the challenges of the IB Diploma program.

DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

DP prepares students from 16 to 19 years of age for higher education and encourages them to become engaged doers in an increasingly globalized society.

With a rigorous evaluation, the program is challenging and recognized by the best universities in both Brazil and abroad.

To know more details about the program, visit IB official website: www.ibo.org.

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