Being an inquirer is just as important because it provides a window to becoming a creative, innovative and exploitative learner.
Our students progress at different rates and the Primary Years Programme from the International Baccalaureate Organization recognizes this by giving young students the opportunity to learn in many different ways.
Assited by our qualified teachers, SVP students construct their learning of concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and actions within an authentic and stimulating framework.
It prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers, focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
By choosing to implement the PYP, schools will develop students’ academic, social and emotional well being, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.
The IB PYP Curriculum
The PYP curriculum contains three key components (written, taught and assessed curriculum), which explain how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment within the programme.
In the PYP a balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking of responsible action. PYP person grows as a whole person.
The PYP delivers excellent results for students aged 3 to 12. For example:
- PYP students outperformed non-IB students in mathematics, reading and writing in a global International Schools’ Assessment study that ran from 2009-2011
- A 2014 national study in Australia found that students in the PYP perform better than the national average in nationwide science tests (as shown in this figure below: Proportions of students performing at curriculum level)
NAP= National Assessment Program – Science Literacy
Developing students in the PYP
The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. In promoting this aim, the programme is committed to developing the attributes of the IB Learner Profile among its students.
The IB Learner Profile
The International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that goes beyond academic success.
Each of the IB’s programme is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.
The profile aims to develop learners who are:
- Risk-takers/ Courageous
The IB learner profile also represents a synthesis of the essential elements of the PYP. Throughout the primary years, the students engage in structured inquiry that synthesizes knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. In doing so, they develop the attributes described in the learner profile. This profile provides powerful goals that serve learning across all areas of the curriculum.