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IB Primary Years Program

The International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an inquiry-based, student-centered educational framework which focuses on the development of the whole child. The PYP is inclusive of all students from BBP-Grade 5 and aims to develop internationally-minded students. The curriculum is composed of a balance five essential elements:

Knowledge: Significant, relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding.

Concepts: Powerful ideas that have relevance within the subject areas but also transcend them and that students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in-depth understanding. These concepts are form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, reflection.

Skills: Those capabilities that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature. These include thinking, communication, social, research and self-management skills.

Attitudes: Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people. The twelves PYP Attitudes are: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance.

Action: Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through responsible action; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements.

Core-subject classroom teachers teach the traditional subjects such as Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies which are integrated into the Programme of Inquiry. Single-subject teachers, Art, Music, PE, Japanese, Library, and Technology collaborate with the core-subject classroom teachers to make meaningful curriculuar connections.

Trevor Rehel
PYP Coordinator


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