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  • What is the PYP?  

    • Curriculum framework for young learners aged 3-12
    • Founded on a philosophy that recognizes a child's natural curiosity,creativity and ablilty to reflect
    • Stimulates challenging learning environment to nurture and foster a lifelong love of learning in every child.

    PYP Standards specific to IB:

    In the PYP, students learn about significant concpets through units of inquiry.  The six-transdisciplinary themes that guide units of inquiry and compose a year of study are:

    PYP Transdisciplinary Themes

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  • What are the PYP Key Concepts?

    The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) is driven by eight key concepts which give the inquiries direction and meaning.

    "The concepts that drive the PYP are:

    •  timeless (factual examples change, but not the core understanding), 
    •  universal (so students can apply understandings across cultures, situations and disciplines) and 
    •  abstract (so students engage in higher order thinking to grapple with central ideas).”
      -Shannon O’Dwyer


    The eight key concepts for the PYP program are:

    Key Concepts

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    • What are the IB-PYP Attitudes? 

      What do we want our students to feel, value and demonstrate?

       The IB PYP students should demonstrate...

      IB PYP Attitudes

    These are vital pieces in the development of positive attitudes toward people, the environment and learning. The IB-PYP Attitudes are meant to be an explicit part of our daily learning and school life. The IB PYP Attitudes are modeled by both students and staff. Our students will reflect on these attitudes during learning experiences and assessments. When reinforced at home and other places, these become second nature for children.

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  • What does Transdisciplinary Mean? 

    Transdisciplinary is the word that IB uses to describe a concept that is interconnected and can be applied across all subjects and to real life. Within the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate, six transdisciplinary themes provide the framework for exploration and construction of knowledge. Teachers are guided by these transdisciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry for exploration and study. With these units of inquiry, students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action.

    What are the 6 transdisciplinary themes?

    1. Who we are?

    2. Where are we in place and time?

    3. How we organize ourselves?

    4. How we express ourselves?

    5. How the world works?

    6. Sharing the planet?

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  • What are the PYP ATLs ( Approaches to Learning)?


    What are the approaches to learning (ATL)?

    • ATL are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the IB teaching and learning environment.

    • ATL supports the IB belief that a large influence on a student’s education is not only what you learn but also how you learn.

    • Teaching students how to learn has always been a part of IB teaching, but now the IB is providing more explicit support for teaching these skills, aligning the Diploma Programme (DP) with the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Career-related Programme (CP).

    • Focus on ATL will improve the quality of teaching and learning across the programmes and may result in more engaged teachers and students. 


    ATLs Skills

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