At Learning Skills International School, we are a community of learners whose intentions are to produce lifelong learners who are globally competent and global minded. It is a place where the joy of learning is practiced and celebrated daily. Our teachers and students strive to be well versed in the tenets of 21st Century education such as: creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. It is a place where instructional practices are guided by standards-based rigorous curricula that allows for successful completion of Units of Inquiry. Underpinning all that we do is our expectation that our students will continue to demonstrate the Learner profiles of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme of Inquirers, knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open – Minded, Caring, Risk – Takers, Balanced and Reflective.
Statement of Philosophy
At Learning Skills International School, we believe that every teacher is a language teacher and that oral language is the foundation for effective communication. It is transdisciplinary and central to all learning. We believe proficiency in language fulfills children’s potential as life-long learners and promotes intellectual, social and emotional development. At LSIS we believe that development in language is best achieved by learning language, learning through language and learning about language.
Children have the right for their language and cultural background to be acknowledged and respected. The languages that children learn and use help them to develop their own personal identity. It contributes to an understanding of culture and facilitates international-mindedness. Learning more than one language enriches personal growth and facilitates international understanding.
Language of Instruction and Additional Language Instruction
English is the language of instruction at LSIS. Learning more than one language enriches personal growth and facilitates international understanding. LSIS offers French for all students in our learning community.
LSIS values the development of Mother Tongue language and believes it is crucial for maintaining cultural identity and processing information and concepts. It enables young people to participate more effectively in the global community.
- Families are encouraged to use their mother tongue to support their children’s development by speaking, reading and writing in their mother tongue.
- The school library contains a number of books in Ghanaian languages
Assessment and Reporting
In order to provide the quality of language experience we aspire to, it is important that assessment practices play a key role in our planning for teaching and learning. Therefore we ensure that:
- There is regular and prompt feedback on learning;
- Teachers track progress and use a range of assessment methods;
- Assessment informs further teaching and learning in all strands of language;
- Pre-assessment guides learning and quality assessment tasks provide the feedback as to whether learning intention have been achieved and
- There is regular and school wide reporting to parents through parent teacher conferences and written reports
This policy will be reviewed annually and revised as appropriate.