We have chosen to use the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program as we believe it offers an amazing education for children. Its aim is to help child develop into internationally minded, creative, flexible global citizens who have strong critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities and empathy with others. It is fun, interesting and rigorous.
Please read this FAQ from the International Baccalaureate to introduce the curriculum to you.
We implement the PYP from Preschool and older. We have developed a Programme of Inquiry that ensures a spread of areas of learning: for example some inquiries are more science based, some more art and others focus on the social sciences. This spread also includes a balanced coverage of the Learner Profile, Attitudes and the transdisciplinary skills which cover research, social, learning and physical skills. Against this framework we plot the acquisition of more traditional skills and knowledge of maths, language science and social sciences.
Our particular strength is that we do all of this in a bilingual environment. Our teachers plan with the PYP Coordinator weekly to ensure that not only is the Inquiry planned, basic skills in Language and Maths taught but also that all of this is done in a balance of the two languages. Our specialist German teacher also plans her input in line with the inquiries being explored in each class.
Grade classes have 6 inquiries over the year, which are delivered in 6 week blocks with a student led conference at the end of each one. Preschool have 4 inquiries over the year allowing them a slower pace and to explore things like seasons and celebrations as they experience them. As far as basic skills of language and maths, we try and incorporate them within our inquiries as much as possible to keep the feeling of genuine learning for the children. However some skills need to be taught discretely to ensure a good foundation in these skills for the children.
Student led conferences allow the child to talk about their learning experiences with their parents (and siblings, grandparents etc!). They share a book that records their learning journey through the inquiry and explain what they have learnt, how it felt, what was interesting or challenging or enjoyable. In addition to this we also have a full schedule of reporting to parents by the teachers which is detailed in our Parent and Student Handbook.
This gives an overview of what each group will cover during this year.
It shows the different elements that are looked at within each inquiry. These are the unique parts of the PYP curriculum which enable the children to develop into global citizens with 21 century skills.
This show the standards that the school has to meet in order to comply with IB PYP regulations. Our accreditation inspection in May 2017 showed that we were able to meet all these standards. We continue to work towards improving our practice through an action plan developed in response to the report by the PYP inspectors from that inspection. Our continuing progress will be monitored by the International Baccalaureate in 3 years time.