The PYP curriculum framework
The PYP and the IB mission
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
— IB mission statement
The Primary Years Programme has widely impacted not only students aged 3-12 and school communities but also the course of international education. As a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centred education with responsible action at its core, the PYP has remained trusted, timeless and transformational.
The PYP curriculum framework emphasizes the central principle of agency that is threaded throughout the three pillars of the curriculum: the learner, learning and teaching and the learning community. Augmenting the focus of the "written, taught, and assessed" curriculum with the human elements--the learner and the learning community-underlines that everyone connected to the school community has voice, choice and ownership to impact learning and teaching. These holistic components complement and reinforce each other to form a coherent whole.
The learner: describes the outcomes for individual students and the outcomes they seek for themselves (what is learning?)
Learning and teaching: articulates the distinctive features of learning and teaching (how best to support learners?)
The learning community: emphasizes the importance of the social outcomes of learning and the role that IB communities play in achieving these outcomes (who facilitates learning and teaching?)
The PYP curriculum
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) presents schools with a comprehensive plan for high quality, international education.
It provides schools with a curriculum framework of essential elements - the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future.
Schools work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum for international education.
The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3-12 age range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.
The PYP is organized according to:
1. The written curriculum, which explains what PYP students will learn 2. The taught curriculum, which sets out how educators teach the PYP 3. The assessed curriculum, which details the principles and practice of effective assessment in the PYP
What are the benefits of the PYP?
The PYP benefits both learners and educators, and strengthens learning and international mindedness throughout the entire school community.
In the PYP, students learn how to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own learning through an inquiry-led approach.
By developing the attributes of the IB learner profile, students also learn how to demonstrate respect for themselves and others, developing international-mindedness by working with others for a shared purpose and taking positive action for change.
It prepares students for the intellectual challanges by focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer.
The PYP nurtures independent learning skills & encourages all the students to take responsibility for their learning.
It prepares the students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves & others & have the capacity to participate in the world around.
It incorporates local & global issues into the curriculum by focusing on six trans-disciplinary themes that are inter-realted.
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