International Baccalaureate

Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme

(PYP) is for students aged 3-12. "

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’." - Find out more about the PYP

RRE IB Coordinator - Pam Gutierrez

PYP Model

Our International Baccalaureate Program of Inquiry outlines for teachers, students, parents, and community members what a student should know (knowledge) and be able to do (skills). In order to conduct purposeful inquiry and in order to be well prepared for a lifetime of learning, students need to master a range of skills. These skills are taught throughout the Primary Years Program in the context of authentic learning experiences.

The Transdisciplinary Skills, as they are referred to by the PYP, include:

  • Thinking Skills - acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, dialectical thought (recognizing various points of view), metacognition
  • Social Skills - accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperation, resolving conflict, group decision-making, adopting a variety of group roles
  • Communication Skills - listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting, non-verbal communication
  • Self-Management Skills - gross and fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, healthy lifestyle, codes of behavior, informed choices
  • Research Skills - formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording data, organizing data, interpreting data, presenting findings

Each of these skills is vitally important at every level of education and for a successful life outside the school setting.

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