We are continually faced with the challenge of learning about a constantly changing, increasingly interconnected world where knowledge in all areas is exponentially growing. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both inside and outside the classroom. The educational framework is guided by six transdisciplinary themes that are globally significant, and is designed to support students’ efforts to gain an understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it. The PYP encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning.
There are six subject areas that are identified within the PYP:
- Social Studies
- Personal, social and physical education
The PYP is comprised of six transdisciplinary themes
Who we are: Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values, person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
Where we are in place and time: Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
How we express ourselves: Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
How the world works: Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
How we organise ourselves: Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organisations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
Sharing the planet: Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
- Every transdisciplinary theme is addressed each year by all students, although students aged 3 to 5 address four of the themes each year
- Each Unit of Inquiry involves students in in-depth exploration of an important idea
- All PYP students over the age of 7 have the opportunity to learn more than one language