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The Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The IB Primary Years Programme (sometimes referred to as the PYP) is an inquiry-based program for students in the 3-year-old programme through Grade 5.

The Primary Years Programme takes the best of teaching and learning worldwide and combines them with the IB’s international school expertise to create classes that are challenging, exciting, and just right for kids with developing minds. They try out ideas and use their hands. They make connections. They share their observations and thoughts.

We also help them explore the world outside of their experience. They become aware of other cultures and peoples, exploring their common humanity while appreciating their differences—all with the goal of creating a better, more peaceful world.

 

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Challenging, Exciting, and Exploratory

The PYP curriculum is organized around six themes that span multiple subject areas:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in time and place
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • How we share the planet

Learning is connected to life to create a deeper level of learning and the themes focus on the integration of seemingly separate subject areas. This encourages students to think deeply and broadly and make connections. Teachers use the inquiry method, asking students open-ended questions. This method starts discussions and prompts even more questions from students.

All Units of Inquiry are:

  • Engaging
  • Relevant
  • Challenging
  • Significant
  • Action Oriented

Meaningful Assessment

Students are assessed in all subject areas. Effective assessment is important for student progress in the PYP. Children are most often assessed in a way that they will scarcely notice.

The main goal of assessment is to get meaningful and useful feedback on each student’s learning. Teaching can then be focused to improve each student’s progress and differentiate instruction.

We provide frequent feedback to students, parents, and administrators. This way we’re able to reflect on teaching effectiveness, refine our teaching strategies, and celebrate student performance.