Lower Grades

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Morganton Day School offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for Junior Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. Being mindful of the fact that our children are living in a global world where they need knowledge and understanding of other cultures and languages, students explore concepts through Units of Inquiry. Students learn concepts through structured inquiry and through the essential elements of the PYP Programme. In addition to transdisciplinary units, students extend their learning in traditional ways, practicing skills such as grammar, writing mechanics, and mathematics. By blending inquiry with skill building, teachers are able to encourage natural curiosity, develop each child’s individual talents, and prepare students with skills they need as they move to higher grade levels.

Devoted teachers bring warmth, imagination, and purpose to learning endeavors. At MDS, inquisitive, actively engaged learners are guided by skilled and resourceful educators every day. Parents partner with teachers as students find academic and social success. Enrichment teachers and specialists work closely with classroom teachers to integrate learning in all areas. This team of parents, teachers, and students join together in a reflective process that allows students to excel.

IB Essential Elements:

6 Transdisciplinary Themes: Who We Are, Where We Are In Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves, Sharing The Planet
Key Concepts: Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection
Approaches To Learning: Thinking Skills, Social Skills, Communication Skills, Self-Management Skills, Research Skills
IB Attitudes: Appreciation, Commitment, Confidence, Cooperation, Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Independence, Integrity, Respect, Tolerance
The action cycle: Choose, Act, Reflect*Demonstrations of deeper learning through responsible action

MDS Programme of Inquiry