The IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is the first curriculum framework for international primary schools, designed for student ages three to ten (grades preschool through five). Through both the curriculum and teaching, it aims to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical potential of each child, in a secure and stimulating environment which helps them to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.
IB education is defined and working together with following four characteristics:
1.Centers on learners
2. Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning
3. Works within global contexts
4. Explores significant content.
The IBPYP provides a curriculum framework of 5 essential elements:
The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB PYP is the 6 trans-disciplinary themes. These themes provide IB Schools with the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to step up beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.
1. Who we are:
2. Where we are in place and time:
3. How we express ourselves:
4. How the world works:
5. How we organize ourselves:
6. Sharing the planet:
Each theme is addressed each year by all students. (Students aged 3 to 5 engage with four of the themes each year).
Important ideas that have universal significance regardless of time or place within and across disciplines. Concepts are presented in the forms of questions that drive the inquiry.
Specific capabilities in thinking, social interactions, communication, self-management, and research.
The 12 attitudes help contribute to the well-being of the individual and the group. They are: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.
Students are encouraged to put what they have learned into practice through services to the school community, the local community and the global community.