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IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)

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IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)
Traditional academic subjects dovetail into a programme that emphasises the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills.
IBPYP

About the IBPYP

The IBPYP is an international curriculum framework designed for children between the ages of 3 and 12 years.  This programme is based on the latest educational research and believes that each child has their own personality, learning style and combination of intelligence types. Opportunity is given, within a structured framework, for students to explore their own interests and questions. PYP students are well prepared for the next stage of education, including participation in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).

Importantly for our youngest learners, the IBPYP focuses on their social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs as part of a strong academic ethos.

The PYP supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it, and helps them establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish. PYP studies are based on six subject areas: language, social studies , mathematics , arts, science, and personal/ social/physical education. Students also work and play with specialists to explore language and culture, art, music, and physical education. World class outdoor spaces support a Forest School curriculum that connects students with the natural world.

In the PYP, the whole school community - especially parents - are viewed as valued partners in learning, actively contributing to a well-rounded educational experience.

Internationalism

Internationalism

Internationalism is a key aspect of the PYP curriculum. The PYP supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it, and helps them establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish. The students are exposed to alternative perspectives and examples of working methods and data from around the world. Teachers use tried and tested techniques from many countries and search for new ideas from different cultures.

Inquiry based learning

Inquiry based learning


Teaching methods build on students individual knowledge and interests. Inquiry, is the leading but not exclusive
pedagogical approach of the PYP. It is recognised as being intimately connected with the development of children’s
comprehension of the world. Inquiry is the process initiated by the learner or the teacher which moves the learner from
his or her current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding. This can mean:

 

  • Exploring, wondering and questioning
  • Experimenting and playing with possibilities
  • Researching and seeking information
  • Collecting data and reporting findings
  • Clarifying existing ideas and reappraising events
  • Making and testing theories
  • Making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens
  • Elaborating on solutions to problems.
The IBPYP develops

The IBPYP develops

  • sensitivity to the experiences of others through the curriculum
  • the characteristics listed in the student profile
  • the attitudes that are an explicit element of the programme
  • the expectation of socially-responsible action as a result of the learning experience.