What is PYP?
PYP is the official curriculum framework and teaching methodology of the International Baccalaureate Organization which was developed to meet the needs of children in the Primary Years (Pre-school – Grade 5). It emphasizes learning through active inquiry and aims to develop the whole child to meet certain competencies and attitudes outlined in the learner profile.
PYP is an inquiry approach to learning which is rigorous, yet designed for all students. A strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship. Units of study are driven by a set of six conceptual questions based on the following universal organizing themes:
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organize ourselves
- How we share our planet
Our aim is to develop globally-minded citizens who are:
Inquirers– curious and actively enjoy questioning the workings of the world
Thinkers – able to problem solve and think critically
Communicators – able to think and communicate in more than one way
Caring– sensitive to the needs of others
Principled– fair and honest
Reflective– able to think about oneself and make constructive changes when needed
Knowledgeable – able to explore and apply relevant and significant concepts
Balanced– healthy and aware of good choices
Open-minded– able to consider many possibilities before making decisions
Risk Takers or Courageous– willing to try new things
For more information about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme visit their web site at www.ibo.org.
We are currently a PYP Candidate school aiming to be authorized to implement the PYP.