AaIS has designed a transdisciplinary curriculum that draws together individual subject disciplines into a coherent whole. Our teaching aims to bring together research, best practice and a wealth of knowledge and experience in international education to create a curriculum which is relevant, challenging and engaging. Instruction is in English with support for mother tongue students. As well as Norwegian, students will learn an additional language.
Throughout the primary school students work on transdisciplinary units of inquiry. Each year, students work within six different themes that are universally important. This approach gives students the opportunity to learn important concepts without the restriction of subject boundaries. The organising themes for the Units of Inquiry are: “Who we are”, “Where we are in place and time”, “How we express ourselves”, “How the world works”, “How we organize ourselves” and “Sharing the planet”. Incorporated in these transdisciplinary themes are six further specific areas: language, mathematics, science, social studies, art and personal, social and physical education. While emphasis on subject disciplines will vary depending on individual units, coverage of concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes is ensured through comprehensive curriculum mapping.
The middle school teaches the national curriculum of Norway in an interdisciplinary way that encourages Holistic Learning, Intercultural Awareness and Communication. We aim to build character alongside academic learning.
Students at AaIS learn through investigation (inquiry). The programme is a student-centred system that tries to educate children as a whole, focusing on social participation and responsibility, as well as academic skills. This is most evident in the Learner Profile which is a set of ten attributes that the programme tries to develop in all students. These attributes are: