The Primary Years Curriculum Framework 

The Primary Years Program (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world. It is a curriculum framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance. These themes are explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as approaches to learning (ATL), with an emphasis on inquiry.

WIS has been proudly offering the Primary Years Programme since 1999. The curriculum is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for all learners with their diverse strengths and backgrounds. The PYP represents a combination of wide-ranging research and experience from best practices around the world that focus on the developing child. It touches hearts as well as minds and encompasses social, physical, emotional, academic and cultural aspects of learning.

The PYP model is built around the elements of the Learner Profile, the IB’s beliefs and values translated into a set of learner attributes, with an underpinning theme of international-mindedness. Students inquire into and learn about, globally significant issues through units of inquiry, each of which addresses a central idea relevant to a particular transdisciplinary theme.

 

These units collectively constitute the WIS Programme of Inquiry. In the Early Years, students learn through four units of inquiry while in Grade 1 to Grade 5 students inquire into six units.

 

Students make connections, make their thinking visible, and build on learning experiences from one subject area to another. They develop conceptual understandings, build ATL skills, gain knowledge and learn to take responsible action. Students engage in learning both within the classrooms and in the local environment.

 

Giving students a voice and encouraging them to be partners in their own learning not only increases their agency and achievement, but it also creates positive long-term learning habits and a deeper more meaningful understanding as a learner.

The Written Curriculum

The Taught Curriculum

The Assessed Curriculum

 

For more information about the PYP Programme, please visit www.ibo.org

 

Modern Languages: Grade 3 students having a Skype conversation with an aid organisation in a war-torn country to get first-hand information on poverty to support their Unit of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet.

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