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IB Primary Years Programme (Nursery-5th Grade)
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) focuses on the development of the whole child, in the classroom and in the world outside, exposing them to many environments where their academic, social, physical, linguistic and emotional needs can be met. While fostering a true love of learning, it offers a teaching framework which emphasizes inquiry and reflection, and aims to develop independence, cooperation, creativity and adaptability.
At the center of the PYP curriculum are five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. The aim of the program is to help students acquire a holistic understanding of six main themes, shown on the outside of the program model, through the interrelatedness of these essential elements. Additionally, the PYP identifies a body of knowledge for all students in all cultures, in six transdisciplinary subject themes.
Learning Outside of the Classroom
Field trips for all students at ISB are a key element in ISB’s action-oriented learning. All field trips are directly related to the unit being studied. Predictions, observations and questions are incorporated into the classroom before and after field trips. Special guests - doctors, dancers, writers, for example – round out the experience, bring the world outside into the classroom.
PYP Learner Profile
The PYP defines the attributes of students who are aware of and sensitive to the experiences of others. These create a profile of the PYP student, which serves as a reference to help teachers and students to establish goals, plan units of inquiry and assess performance.