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IB Primary Years Programme Curriculum (PYP)

IB Primary Years Programme Curriculum (PYP)
Here we will cover all what parent need to know about the IB Primary Years Programme  Curriculum – IB Schools in Qatar.
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What is the IB Primary Years Programme Curriculum?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers four different Curriculums based-on student age, IB Primary Years Programme Curriculum (PYP) (3-12 years)


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IB Primary Years Programme PYP

The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond.

By choosing to implement the PYP, schools will develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.

The programme incorporates 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’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works’.

The six transdisciplinary themes are:

Who we are: An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time: An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnections of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves: An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How the world works: An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves: An inquiry into the interconnections of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the planet: An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

PYP learners

The five essential elements of the PYP are:

Knowledge, which is both disciplinary, represented by traditional subject areas (Language, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Arts, PSPE -personal, social and physical education- ) and transdisciplinary.

Concepts: which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas.

Skills: which are the broad capabilities students develop and apply during learning and in life beyond the classroom.

Attitudes: which contribute to international-mindedness and the wellbeing of individuals and learning communities, and connect directly to the IB learner profile.

Action: which is an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.

PYP learners grow as a whole person

The PYP is organized according to:

The Written Curriculum: which explains what PYP students will learn.
The Taught Curriculum: which sets out how educators teach the PYP.
The Assessed Curriculum: which details the principles and practice of effective assessment in the PYP.


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