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PYP Curriculum 101

The IBO mission and PYP Curriculum framework directly support the school’s vision and mission:

Our mission is to empower our students to pursue their passion for learning, lead lives of integrity and create socially responsible solutions.

The Learner Profile

  • The IB learner profile is the IBO mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. The attributes of the profile express the values inherent to the IB continuum of international education: these are values that should infuse all elements of the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program and, therefore, the culture and ethos of all IB World Schools. The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of students, parents and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.
  • Students are: Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators, Risk-takers, Knowledgeable, Principled, Caring, Open-minded, Balanced, Reflective.

The Written Curriculum

The 5 essential elements of the written curriculum are knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action.

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

  • Six transdisciplinary themes guide the curriculum: Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organize ourselves, Sharing the planet.

Key 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.

  • Each unit of inquiry has 2 or 3 key concepts embedded into the central idea of the unit. 
  • There are a total of eight key concepts:
    • Form: What is it like?
    • Function: How does it work?
    • Causation: Why is it like it is?
    • Change: How is it changing?
    • Connection: How is it connected to other things?
    • Perspective: What are our points of view?
    • Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
    • Reflection: How do we know?

Skills:
Those capabilities that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature.

  • Five sets of transdisciplinary skills are taught throughout the curriculum. Social Skills, Communication Skills, Research Skills, Self-management Skills, Thinking Skills.

Attitudes:
While recognizing the importance of knowledge, concepts and skills, these alone do not make an internationally minded person. It is vital that there is also focus on the development of personal attitudes towards people, towards the environment and towards learning, attitudes that contribute to the well-being of the individual and of the group.

  • Twelve attitudes: Appreciation, Commitment, Confidence, Cooperation, Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Independence, Integrity, Respect, Tolerance

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

  • Child beginning a recycling program at home
  • Child encouraging parents to purchase healthier foods
  • Child learning a new language

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