Understanding the IB Program
What is PYP?
PYP is the official curriculum framework and teaching methodology of the International Baccalaureate Organization which was developed to meet the needs of children in the Primary Years (Pre-school - Grade5). It emphasizes learning through active inquiry and aims to develop the whole child to meet certain competencies and attitudes outlined in the student profile.PYP is an inquiry approach to learning which is rigorous, yet designed for all students. A strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship. Units of study are driven by a set of six conceptual questions based on the following universal organizing themes:
Our aim is to develop globally-minded citizens who are:Inquirers- curious and actively enjoy questioning the workings of the world
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organize ourselves
- How we share our planet
Thinkers - able to problem solve and think critically
Communicators - able to think and communicate in more than one wayCaring- sensitive to the needs of othersPrincipled- fair and honestReflective- able to think about oneself and make constructive changes when needed
Knowledgeable - able to explore and apply relevant and significant conceptsBalanced- healthy and aware of good choicesOpen-minded- able to consider many possibilities before making decisionsRisk Takers or Courageous- willing to try new thingsFor more information about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program visit their web site at www.ibo.org.