Primary Years Programme (PYP)
There are three stages in the IBO programme
- The Primary Years Programme (for students aged 3-12)
- The Middle Years Programme (for students aged 11-16)
- The Diploma Programme (final two years of school)
- The Career-Related Programme (final two years of school)
The curriculum used is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. All students should be supported to participate in the programme to the fullest extent possible.
What will your child be learning?The curriculum is built on essential elements that help to frame the teaching and learning. These essential elements are:
Relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding. Through structured inquiry, the student will make links between the already existing knowledge and new information and gain understanding of the world. Different strategies are used to ensure the best possible approach for each individual student. It is important for parents to be involved in their child’s learning. Close contact will be maintained between parents and teachers to enable parents to support their child’s learning.
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organize ourselves
- Sharing the planet.
- The unit of inquiry “The life cycles” could be an inquiry into “How the world works”.
- The unit of inquiry “Recycling”” could be an inquiry into “Sharing the planet”.
- The unit of inquiry “Occupations” could be an inquiry into “How we organize ourselves”.
Structured inquiry is a powerful way of learning that promotes understanding, and challenges the students to be actively involved in their own learning process. This structured inquiry is driven by a set of key concepts that are formulated as key questions. These open ended questions help students to consider ways of thinking and learning about the world.
- Form: What is it like?
- Function: How does it work?
- Causation: Why is it like it is?
- Change: How is it changing?
- Connection: How is it connected to other things?
- Perspective: What are the points of view?
- Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
- Reflection: How do we know?
Students acquire and apply a set of skills that they need to succeed in a changing, challenging world:
Students can take responsibility, they respect others, can work cooperatively in a group, can resolve conflict, can discuss ideas.
Students listen to others, to information, they can express ideas clearly, can read a variety of sources for information and pleasure, can write for different reasons, can present information through a variety of visual media.
Students acquire new knowledge and can make use of this knowledge in practical or new ways. They see relationships between different parts, can think about different points of view at the same time, can analyse one’s own and others’ thought processes.
Students can ask compelling and relevant questions, can plan a course of action to find out information, can record data by drawing, note taking, charts, tallying. They can draw conclusions form organized data, can effectively communicate what has been learned.
Self management skills:
Students develop their gross and fine motor skills, can plan and carry out activities effectively, use their time appropriately, can make choices to achieve a balance in nutrition, rest, exercise, know how to take care of themselves. They can follow rules.
In order to become an internationally minded person, it is important that personal attitudes are developed towards people, the environment and learning and contributing to the well-being of the individual and of the group. These attitudes should be part of the daily lives of both adults and students.
appreciate the world and the people around us
show responsibility and commitment to own learning
having the courage to take risks, apply what has been learned, make appropriate choices, feel confident as learners
collaborate with others, lead or follow as the situation demands
be creative in our thinking, and in the approach to problems
be curious about the world, the people and the cultures
Empathy: be able to imagine oneself in another’s situation, be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.
enjoy learning, put effort in the process of learning
make own judgments based on reasoned arguments, think and acd independently
be honest and fair
respect oneself, others and the environment
be sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and be responsive to the needs of others
A successful learning process, will lead to responsible action, initiated by the students themselves. Through these actions students are able to grow both personally and socially, developing skills such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and cooperation. This action comes from the students’ concrete experiences and begins at a basic level, within the family, within the classroom and around the school. It can be a demonstration of a sense of responsibility and respect for oneself, others and the environment. Action is an important part of students’ active participation in their own learning.
Parent-teacher conferences will take place at least once per school term to discuss the student’s progress.
Each student has his/her own portfolio with a collection of work that provides a picture of the student’s progress and development over a period of time.
Written reports are completed at the end of each year (June) and sent home with the student.
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