At ISD we feel that one of the fundamental goals of education is to encourage a love of learning. By nature, children are active inquirers and we believe our students retain far more knowledge when given the freedom to have ownership over their learning. Our students engage in intellectual exploration while teachers gently guide, encourage and inspire students to navigate through an inquiry cycle and develop a variety of enduring skills.
The International School of Dublin is an IB World School, therefore the curriculum is guided by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Children who attend IB schools have a seamless transition to other schools offering IB around the world. There are more than 1 million IB students (aged 3-19) in 140 countries.
The International Baccalaureate is increasingly recognised as the gold-standard measurement of academic and intellectual development both by universities and leading graduate employers. The curriculum falls outside national and political agendas; it is innovative and exciting, designed around key notions of international understanding, respect for diversity and appreciation for home and host cultures. An IB education focuses on the total growth of the developing child and encompasses social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.
The curriculum of each academic year is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas. Each student has six Units of Inquiry yearly, one that covers each theme.
All IB students aim to learn about and acquire the attributes of the Learner Profile. Every aspect of the curriculum at ISD is designed to promote these attributes.
Please see the 2017-2018 academic year Programme of Inquiry (curriculum) below, scroll side – to – side and up – and – down on the document as needed: