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Academic

 

Teaching and Learning at IGGS helps provide children with a solid foundation for their learning in the primary schooling years. 

Our school is committed to using the Dimensions of Learning, a comprehensive, proven teaching framework for K-12 which underpins curriculum and pedagogy.   

The philosophy of Dimensions of Learning is based around proven methods of instruction which encourage children to become active and independent learners.  It provides them with strategies for learning which will ensure they can successfully engage in higher order thinking and acquire the knowledge and skills they need for secondary school.  

How does Dimensions of Learning work?

Dimensions of Learning is based on thoroughly researched teaching principles which

  • target the five types of thinking
  • incorporate active teaching of the Habits of Mind: 16 intelligent behaviours which teach students what to do when they don’t know the answer to a problem
  • is an all-school approach, applying to all subjects and all year levels
  • contends that assessment should focus on students’ use of knowledge and complex reasoning processes building on their recall of information
     

Mathematics
The Mathematics staff at IGGS is a very experienced, dedicated and innovative team of teachers who ensure that all students experience success, excitement and challenge at their individual level of competence in Mathematics.


English & Modern Languages
Studying English and modern languages leads students to a better understanding of how the arrangement of words can shape meaning and culture. In this way it also helps students to develop their own sense of identity, to express their own needs, and to respond to other people’s words and actions in different settings.


Science
Our Science programs develop critical thinking and interpretive skills to complement a broad and deep knowledge base. Through class tests, independent investigations, practical skills tests, listening to guest speakers, assignments and excursions, students learn to understand and interpret how objects interact to form systems and how these systems impact on the development of our world and society.