IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME
The PYP framework focuses on students’ academic, social, and emotional wellbeing, while nurturing the development of international mindedness through the IB Learner Profile. Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practices of effective assessment, the programme places powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning, while incorporating local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include: Who We Are, How We Express Ourselves, Where We Are in Place and Time, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves, and Sharing the Planet.
"The IB PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the outside world." - ibo.org
MONTESSORI + IB PYP LOWER ELEMENTARY GRADES 1-3
Classes in Lower Elementary (Grades 1 through 3) implement an approach to learning and teaching that is drawn from the dynamic integration of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Montessori curriculum and philosophy.
MONTESSORI’S COSMIC CURRICULUM takes students on a captivating, profound, and deeply enriching learning journey experienced through
“The Five Great Stories”:
The Story of the Universe
The Coming of Life
The Arrival of Humans
The History of Writing
The History of Numbers
Students engage in the exploration of these great stories through music, art, drama, dance and student-led individual and group presentations.
IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME GRADES 4 – 5
Students in Upper Elementary (Grades 4-5) engage fully in the IB PYP, which nurtures and develops young scholars into competent, caring, active agents of change, both at school and beyond. Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the Upper Elementary curriculum challenges students to think for themselves, develop strong personal values, and take responsibility for their learning while investigating local and global issues and seeking opportunities for service, action, and problem-solving in real-world contexts.
PYP GRADE 5 EXHIBITION
The PYP Exhibition is a transformative, culminating experience for Grade 5 students, as they take full control of their final unit celebration by exploring a global issue of personal significance, while engaging in an enlightening, creative research project in small groups, guided by a teacher mentor. The PYP Exhibition experience increases student awareness, self-motivation, confidence, and presentation skills, while educating the school community on how we can live more sustainable lives here on planet Earth.