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IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME (PYP)


Our PYP section is decided into two distinct sections (Early Years for 3 to 5 year olds and Primary School for 6 to 11 year olds), although we ensure a smooth transition from one to the next.

Students aged 3 to 11 learn through the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate. This offers a rich, challenging and stimulating curriculum designed to generate an enthusiasm for learning and value it as a life-long process.

Thanks to a very stable and committed faculty, fully trained and experienced in the PYP, we endeavour to ensure the development of a strong foundation of skills, knowledge and understanding while meeting the needs of the individual child. The PYP is founded on the belief that all children are naturally curious and disposed to learning. They are creative, imaginative, energetic and resourceful. The focus of the curriculum aims to capitalise on these natural dispositions by providing meaningful, authentic transdisciplinary learning experiences in which children can become absorbed, committed and successful.

To complement the above our Early Years section also takes inspiration from the Reggio approach which puts places an important emphasis on the environment as a tool for learning. As such, our Early Years classrooms, dedicated atelier space an playground encourage students to form a strong sense of community in an environment that encourages creativity and thought.

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FIVE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF PYP

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Action


We encourage the children to see their learning as valuable experiences that, as well as forming their intellectual development, should guide how they act. Therefore, learning should be demonstrated by positive action and service. The children are encouraged to reflect, choose wisely and to act responsibly with their peers, school staff and in the wider community. All children also have the opport...

We encourage the children to see their learning as valuable experiences that, as well as forming their intellectual development, should guide how they act. Therefore, learning should be demonstrated by positive action and service. The children are encouraged to reflect, choose wisely and to act responsibly with their peers, school staff and in the wider community. All children also have the opportunity to contribute to the student council.

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Attitudes


Alongside the Learner Profile, PYP teachers aim to foster a set of attitudes in our children, which are discussed, modelled and reflected upon through the units of inquiry. These twelve attitudes help towards students being life-long learners on the global stage.

Alongside the Learner Profile, PYP teachers aim to foster a set of attitudes in our children, which are discussed, modelled and reflected upon through the units of inquiry. These twelve attitudes help towards students being life-long learners on the global stage.

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Key Concepts


Thinking conceptually through a unit of inquiry helps the children to view topics and issues through various lenses. The PYP is built around eight key concepts which are used across all subject areas.

These concepts are:

Form: What does it look like?
Function: How does it work?
Causation: Why is it this way?
Change: How does it change over time?
Connection: How is it connected to other things?
Perspe...

Thinking conceptually through a unit of inquiry helps the children to view topics and issues through various lenses. The PYP is built around eight key concepts which are used across all subject areas.

These concepts are:

Form: What does it look like?
Function: How does it work?
Causation: Why is it this way?
Change: How does it change over time?
Connection: How is it connected to other things?
Perspective: What are the points of view?
Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
Reflection: How do we know?

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Knowledge


What we teach is based on the themes of the PYP, current research and the needs of our school community.

At the beginning of each unit parents receive a Unit Newsletter which outlines the objectives for the unit and how parents can support their child to develop their understanding. There are clear assessment tools and strategies and standards which align with those outlined by the IB.

What we teach is based on the themes of the PYP, current research and the needs of our school community.

At the beginning of each unit parents receive a Unit Newsletter which outlines the objectives for the unit and how parents can support their child to develop their understanding. There are clear assessment tools and strategies and standards which align with those outlined by the IB.

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Skills


As well as learning specific subjects skills, there are many transdisciplinary skills that our students should develop that transcend subject areas and are not limited to one subject. These ‘Approaches to Learning’ are developed throughout the units of inquiry.

As well as learning specific subjects skills, there are many transdisciplinary skills that our students should develop that transcend subject areas and are not limited to one subject. These ‘Approaches to Learning’ are developed throughout the units of inquiry.

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