PYP Curriculum Model
Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Focuses on learners – the IB’s student-centered programmes promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge
Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning – IB programmes help students to develop the attitudes and skils they need for both academic and personal success
Works within global contexts – IB programmes increase understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally significiant ideas and issues
Explores significant content – IB programmes offer a curriculam that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.
IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.
The Primary Years Programme: preparing students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for young learners aged 3-12 designed by the international Baccalaureate (IB). Founded on a philosophy that recognizes a child’s natural curiosity,creativity and ability to reflect, the PYP generates a stimulating, challenging learning environment to nurture those assets and foster a lifelong love of learning in every child. The PYP, like all IB programmes, is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas
The IB Primary Years Programme
Addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
Encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
Supports student’s efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
Helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.
The six subject areas identified within the IB Primary Years Programme:
Personal, social and physical education
The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme are the six transdisciplinary themes
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet.
These themes provide the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.
Since these ideas relate to the world beyond the school, students see their relevance and connect with it in an engaging and challenging way. Students who learn in this way begin to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as learners and become actively involved with their education.