The Primary Years Programme offers an inquiry based curriculum that allows students to become responsible world citizens and reflective lifelong learners.
There is a commitment in PYP to learn through inquiry.
In keeping with the international focus of PYP, students are required to learn a second language. All students receive Spanish instruction as part of their curriculum.
Six organizing themes help teachers and children explore knowledge in the broadest sense of the word. They are: Sharing the planet; Who we are; Where we are in place and time; How we express ourselves; How the world works; and How we organize ourselves.
To achieve a balance in learning, the PYP emphasizes the five parts of the written curriculum which are called the Essential Elements of the curriculum. These five elements are concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action.
· Teachers and students use key questions that are concept based to structure the units of inquiry.
· Knowledge is considered to be an in-depth understanding of significant ideas, not merely the acquisition of facts and skills.
· They acquire and apply transdisciplinary skills while developing an understanding of these important concepts.
· The development of explicit attitudes and the expectation of socially responsible behavior are also essential elements of the program.
· Students are encouraged to take action that will help others in the community.