As we begin the final term at Dwight, we begin the process of previewing and forecasting towards the next year. Part of this process involves discussions, activities and initiatives aimed at preparing students for the next phase of their IB learning journey.
As an IB Continuum School - a school that offers the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programme - we can really hone in on those transitional moments when a student will move from one programme to the next. We internally reflect and consider things that we are doing in order to prepare these students for the next phase of their learning.
Despite there being a notable progression in terms of what is learnt throughout the three IB programmes, there are also some positive common elements that tie the three together: inquiry-based teaching and learning, a focus on conceptual understanding, a commitment to the development of the Learner Profile and the Approaches to Learning Skills, as well as student action being both encouraged and celebrated.
For students in Year 6, we have a series of events planned throughout the year led by our transition coordinator Ms Delgado. These have included virtual meet and greets, taster lessons and question and answer sessions thus far. In this term, students will get to come up to the Upper School on a few occasions and experience some time as a student in the Middle Years Programme.
For our M5 students, they have started the process of selecting their courses for the first year of their Diploma year. This has involved meetings with the DP coordinator to outline what courses are offered, as well as to think about what the student wants to do after the DP which can certainly shape their thinking about subject choices.
This year, we are starting a series of DP readiness courses for our M5 students in the hope that they enter the DP with a solid skillset and understanding of many facets of D1 life. Led by Ms Sidoli, these workshops will include presentations from key people in the following key areas: