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International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

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Primary Years Programme

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an enquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects areas, as well as interdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on enquiry. The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme. It is a unique international programme of guidelines that encompass social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academics.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) emphasises internationalism and identifies what students from all cultures should learn in six subject areas: Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Art and Personal, Social and Physical Education.

The central purpose of the Primary Years Programme is to develop the attributes and traits identified in the IB Learner Profile. Students are taught to become; enquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, and to be knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective.

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Following are the five essential elements in the IB

Knowledge

Significant, relevant, subject matter we wish the students to explore and know about

Concepts

Powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explore and re-explore in order to develop understanding

Skills

Those things the students need to be able to do to succeed in a changing, challenging world

Attitudes

Dispositions which are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment, and the people

Action

Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through positive action and service; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements