What is PYP?
Our Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children age 5 (kindergarten) to Grade 5 appreciates and understands how important each and every child is. The PYP is the first part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme.
The PYP is thoughtfully based on what is known as "best practice" developed from child development studies of how children learn. From the age of three, it fosters the bilingual development of students and builds on their existing life experiences to further develop their intellectual, social and emotional skills. The curriculum includes five basic elements: concepts, talents, attitudes, action and knowledge. Most of the subjects are taught interdisciplinary. In the Early Primary Years, children begin to study of the topics mathematics, language, science, social studies and arts.
The program is well-balanced including practice and physical activities. Students are encouraged via the organizing themes (see curriculum model) to discuss, debate, theorize, explain, investigate, take view points and make decisions. This active engagement leads to understanding. Strong emphasis is also placed on developing socially responsible behavior.
Students up to grade 5 do not receive grades. They are assessed by rubrics.
How do we work with your child?
We help your child to receive and share ideas and information in English through structured play and meaningful activities. Through supporting the first steps towards children's literature, reading and writing. Through inquiry projects and experiments in social studies and sciences to further children's natural curiosity. Through special music and sports programmes. Through encouraging creativity via art and drama activities.
What do we teach at Primary Years Program?
The IB organisation provides a framework for the curriculum at our school. The framework includes four to six organizing themes, which are, in essence, "big ideas" about our world and who we are. From age 6-11, our students study units under the headings of these six organizing themes.
Through this solid framework, students learn and become familiar with the organising themes, their meaning, and a greater understanding of the world around them. The units of inquiry have been developed within our school, with the support of supervising IB Primary Years Programme coordinators. The units reflect the study of our local community, as well as the world around. Because we are reflective practitioners, changes and improvements are made to the units as they are taught and collaborated upon by colleagues.
Primary Programme curriculum framework (IBO 2013)
The units of inquiry make up sixty percent of allocated class time. The duration of each unit ranges from 4-8 weeks, upon discretion of the teacher. The units integrate subject areas, however each organising theme has a specific subject area focus, outlined as follows:
Who we are:
Social Studies, Language, Fine Arts
*PSPE (Personal, Social and Physical Education)
Along with the units of inquiry, a set of scope and sequence documents for each age level are taught.
Math, Spelling, and other language skills (e.g. German) are taught outside the units of inquiry. In addition students study Performing Arts and Physical Education.
What are we working towards at DIS?
Within the PYP framework, there are ten learning outcomes which we model and strive for children to achieve throughout the programme. These learning outcomes represent the qualities of internationalism. The ten learning outcomes are also known as the IB learner profile.
We know that it is not enough to be academic in today's world. Positive attitudes are as important as concepts, skills, and knowledge to make up an internationally educated person. Our teachers design activities that promote positive attitudes toward people, toward the environment and toward learning. We also consider attitudes when we are designing assessment strategies.
We teach the program of inquiry through a set of transdisciplinary skills set out by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. All of the skills centre around thinking.
For detailed information on the PYP curriculum, please access the download file: PYP Curriculum Information Guide.