The Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students aged three to 12, focuses on the development of the child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework consisting of five essential elements (concepts, knowledge, skills, attitude, action) and is guided by six themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from language, social studies, math, science, technology, art, music and personal, social and physical education.
The six themes are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them.
Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do. The teacher’s feedback to the students provides the guidance, the tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skillful and better at understanding how to learn.
Unique characteristics of the programme include the following:
It encourages international-mindedness in the IB students.
It encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries and developing their awareness of the process of learning so that they become lifelong learners.
It reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond and through traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real issues.
Through the Learner Profile, it emphasizes the development of the student – physically, intellectually and emotionally.