Today we live in a state of constant change. It is a technology-rich world, where communication is instant and information is immediately accessible. The way we interact with each other personally, socially, and at work has changed forever. Knowledge is growing and information is changing extremely quickly, creating new possibilities. This is the world our students are entering.
The British Columbia's curriculum has been modernized to respond to this demanding world. To develop new models, the Ministry of Education consulted with education experts both locally and internationally. They agree that to prepare students for the future, the curriculum must be student-centered and flexible, and maintain a focus on literacy and numeracy, while supporting deeper learning.
The new curriculum maintains a focus on sound foundations of literacy and numeracy. Every student will continue to be connected to the basics of reading, writing and math. These critical skills are the foundation of B.C.’s education system, and are a key component of developing an educated citizen.
Essential learning, literacy and numeracy foundations, and core competencies are the base of our new curriculum. All three contribute to deeper learning.
The core competencies are the intellectual, personal, and social skills that all students need to develop for success in life beyond school. B.C. has identified three core competencies as essential for all learners:
- Creative Thinking
- Critical Thinking
- Positive Personal and Culture Identity
- Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Concept-Based, Competency-Driven Curriculum
The new curriculum brings together two features that most educators agree are essential for 21st-century learning: a concept-based approach to learning, and a focus on the development of competencies, to foster deeper, more transferable learning. These approaches complement each other because of their common focus on active engagement of students. Deeper learning is better achieved through “doing” than through passive listening or reading. Similarly, both concept-based learning and the development of competencies engage students in authentic tasks that connect learning to the real world.
The Canadian School Bahrain will implement unique approach to teaching that increases achievement while keeping student actively engaged in their learning. This will be accomplished through:
This approach to learning will be implemented in our BC core subject areas, electives and Arabic program. Our fully integrated teaching and learning model will highlight Bahrainian culture through teaching Arabic Language, Social Studies, Citizenship, and Islamic Studies through the lens of inquiry and the development of competencies.
The Nursery to KG Curriculum (3 to 5 years) is responsible to individual children’s interest. The children will be exposed to numbers, letters and shapes. These are fundamental capabilities that need to be developed in early childhood education. Additionally, for a child to build trusting relationships with grownups outside the family they need to spend time away from parents in a safe, happy, caring and learning environment. This will enable the child to develop socially, intellectually and emotionally.
The elementary school consists of grades 1-3 with higher grades opening in subsequent years.