Being an IB world school means that it is our aim to educate for life. Our ambition is to create internationally minded and knowledgeable citizens. We know that our students are provided a strong foundation for success both socially and academically. Many come back to visit providing us with positive feedback.
The Five Essential Elements of the PYP
The PYP has compiled the five essential elements which are used in the classroom to aim towards creating balance in the program of study, including.
Each essential element contributes to the social and cognitive development of a child. These essential elements create the foundation of the PYP and set it apart from other thematic approaches to learning.
In the PYP, we appreciate taking part in the development and growth of our students. We can't wait to see how far you will go!
Vice Principal of PYP
What do we want the students to know?
As PYP is a transdisciplinary program most subjects are taught within our units of inquiry. Each academic year consists of six units of inquiry. These units are based upon a central idea, which the teacher and the students explore for a number of weeks. Both students and parents need to be actively working with the central idea during the current unit. Doing so helps students deepen their understanding and inquire deeper into the unit at hand.
The PYP transdisciplinary themes:
● Who we are
● Where we are in place and time
● How we express ourselves
● How we organize ourselves
● How the world works
● Sharing the planet
Science and social Studies will be taught inside the framework of the units. If subject specific goals and skills do not fit within the unit, they will be taught as stand alone topics.
What attitudes do we want the students to demonstrate?
As the PYP program strives to educate the whole child, it has identified a set of personal attitudes that are necessary to become an internationally-minded person in society. The teacher will identify and analyze these attitudes with students, thus making the attitudes an important part of everyday school life.
The PYP Attitudes:
Sample Unit of Inquiry (UOI)
How we express ourselves
Title of unit of inquiry:
The impact of advertising
Advertising influences how we think and the choices we make.
Lines of inquiry:
- The purpose of advertising
- The types, styles and locations of advertisements
- The devices used to make advertising effective and to influence our choices
What do we want the students to understand?
The teacher and students will engage in inquiry through specific conceptual lenses to afford them opportunities to make connections across subject areas.
The PYP Key concepts:
What do we want the students to be able to do?
It is important for the student to not only learn certain skills, but also to understand them and to be able to connect skills in different subject areas to one another. When studying a unit of inquiry, the teacher identifies which skills will be necessary for the students to develop and understand. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on learned skills and to what extent they think the skills were applied during the unit of inquiry.
The PYP Transdisciplinary Skills:
How do we want the students to act?
The PYP believes that successful inquiry will lead to responsible action. As an IB school, it is our obligation to guarantee that there is opportunity for action within units of inquiry. Teachers will guide students in choosing action, as well as acting and reflecting over their action in order to make a meaningful difference in the world.
The PYP Exhibition
The ‘Exhibition’ is an important component of the PYP. In the final year of the programme, students undertake a collaborative interdisciplinary inquiry process that requires them to identify, investigate and propose solutions to real-life issues or problems. Students present their findings to the community. As the culminating experience of the PYP, the Exhibition offers students an exciting opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning while celebrating their transition from the PYP to the MYP.