At CIS, we offer a range of experiential learning opportunities where students learn beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. This mode of learning is both memorable and engaging, and encourages students to apply their learning in a hands-on, minds-on manner. Our students develop a sense of independence, collaboration, resilience and responsibility as they engage with the real world and learn about local, regional, global and environmental issues.
Our outdoor learning programmes
Programmes vary in length and focus, and the level of challenge increases as students progress through the respective grade levels. Outdoor learning programmes include Open Minds in Primary School, field trips, Secondary DP field investigations and Excursion Week.
Open Minds sees Primary students (Grades 1 to 6) spend up to a week in a variety of real world settings. Investigation topics are linked to both our curriculum and the units of inquiry found within the Primary Years Programme (PYP). First-hand experience with artifacts, field experts, and opportunities to go behind the scenes create unique moments of extremely powerful hands-on, minds-on learning.
Excursion Week* sees students in Grades 4 to 11 travelling to countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Canada with their teachers and peers. Distance travelled is commensurate with age, and Excursion Week provides students with a unique opportunity to develop a sense of independence, as well as an understanding of global issues, and other people and communities. Secondary excursions have a more concentrated focus on community outreach, and students participate in a range of activities including house building in Cambodia, planting friendship groves in Ladakh, and working with NGOs to help those in need.
Fieldwork in the Diploma Programme (DP) is part of a student’s coursework and counts towards their internal assessment. Fieldwork serves a distinct purpose: to expand, reinforce and extend concepts and skills that are taught in class. It enriches the study of particular themes within the course, and adds to students’ knowledge, understanding and awareness, helping to make learning engaging and relevant. As they learn through practical work, students collaborate and develop investigative, analytical and organisational skills.
*Excursion Week 2020/21 is cancelled due to COVID 19.