Primary School – PYP Programme
Age: 6 to 12 years
Our Primary school curriculum embraces the philosophy and aims of the IB PYP program. Lessons encourage student inquiry and initiative, with teachers planning units of inquiry that allow students to work to their strengths and develop skills across other areas. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to search out answer for greater understanding. English and Mathematics remain a key focus in our classrooms, with inquiry being the driver in our approach to learning. Students are encouraged to develop across a broad span of subject areas, with specialist teachers in Music, Personal, Social and Physical Education, Visual Arts and Mandarin. Our Primary school curriculum develops students knowledge and skills with ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship; critical and compassionate thinking; a sense of the universal values of shared humanity; a respect for the variety of cultures and attitudes that make up the variety of life; an understanding of community; an active engagement in charitable projects.
Our Primary Years Programme
Students in the 21st Century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world in which knowledge is constantly developing. The core of our Primary school programme is to prepare students to be active participants in their lifelong journey of learning. This is achieved through teachers developing units of inquiry across all subjects that are transdisciplinary and include five essential elements:
1. a focus on key concepts such as function, reflection and change;
2. exploration of relevant, important topics to build a body of knowledge of local and global significance;
3. the acquisition of essential skills to conduct research, communicate effectively, respond to real-life challenges and think critically and creatively;
4. the fostering of positive attitudes such as tolerance, respect and responsibility;
5. an opportunity for meaningful action and social service.
Our Primary school programme is built around six transdisciplinary themes at each year level, that identify inquiry learning considered to be essential, globally significant, common to all human experience, and unifying for students worldwide. These themes provide the framework for all units in every Primary school class. Our transdisciplinary themes are:
– Who We Are;
– Where We Are in Time and Space;
– How We Express Ourselves;
– How the World Works;
– How We Organize Ourselves;
– How We Share the Planet.
Each transdisciplinary theme is valued because of its global significance. Each theme is also supported by five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, attitudes, skills, and action. These five essential elements are used to guide our planning, teaching, and assessment practices.