Ivy is not just a school, but a learning community. We prioritize building a caring, supportive culture where each student feels valued and safe enough to take learning risks, without a fear of failure. We teach social-emotional skills explicitly as part of our curriculum so that children develop respect, empathy and tolerance. We also set aside time for community building activities so that children learn to support one another as part of a team. We work to ensure that each child’s differences are appreciated and strengths are celebrated.
Children learn best when they interact with concrete materials and make meaningful connections to their own lives. That is why our STEM program focuses on exposing students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through real-life scenarios. Our woodworking projects recognise the importance of hands-on, minds-on learning in the development of intelligence and problem-solving. Similarly, our robotics and coding activities are carefully designed to stimulate creative thinking and logic-building skills so that students become empowered to solve problems for themselves and move forward in their thinking.
We know that the children of today will be the global leaders and citizens of the future. That is why we believe in the importance of Environmental Education. The goal of the program is to equip students with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions about the well-being of the earth. We provide students with opportunities to understand and connect to their surroundings by spending a significant amount of time outdoors. They interact with the environment through green projects such as planting seeds, creating bird feeders, and composting.
Ivy students have ample opportunity to express their creativity through our dynamic Arts program. Students participate in Visual Arts and Music and Movement classes.
In the Visual Arts program, students are exposed to meaningful, open-ended art-making activities that enable them to express personal feelings, experiences, and ideas. They develop the skills to use a variety of art tools, materials, and techniques. In addition, our unique artist study units provide art appreciation and teach students to interpret famous works of art by responding, analysing and describing. They are exposed to artwork representing various themes and styles.
Music & Movement
The Music and Movement program aims to develop physical and emotional balance through mindful practices, body awareness, and creative expression. Students develop concentration and self-awareness through breathing and movement exercises. They also improve spatial orientation through obstacle courses, purposeful games, and dance. Students have opportunities to express their feelings and ideas through music and dance. They explore and experiment with instruments and techniques, revise and refine their work, and share their compositions with others.
Our physical education program aims to develop skills and knowledge that will enable students to enjoy lifelong healthy, active living. They participate in an array of physical activities by learning appropriate movement skills and strategies. Students gain experience with a variety of equipment and different group contexts. They also develop character by focusing on striving to achieve one’s personal best, playing fairly, respecting individuality and building community. The Physical Education program is a key component of the curriculum, as research has shown a connection between increased levels of physical activity and better academic achievement, more focused learning, and improvements in psychological well-being.
One of our core values at Ivy is the understanding that we are part of a global community. Our Global Citizenship program reflects this value, educating students about their rights and responsibilities in our interdependent world. We address social issues in an age-appropriate way, mostly through children’s stories. For example, the book Four Feet, Two Sandals, tells the story of two refugee children who share a pair of shoes. Through relatable stories, discussions and activities, students can understand and begin to address the complex issues they will face as global citizens of tomorrow.