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Primary Years Programme

The curriculum is based on, and authorized by, the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is an international curriculum framed for younger students up to age 12. It is a transdisciplinary program that focuses on the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.

The PYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging educational program.

The PYP offers an inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching. It provides an internationally designed model and incorporates guidelines on student learning styles, teaching methodologies and assessment practices. The curriculum framework comprises of three interrelated parts:

  • What do we want to learn?
  • How best will we learn?
  • How will we know what we have learned?


The transdisciplinary themes form the context in which the curriculum operates are:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

 

 

 

The PYP incorporates 5 essential elements: concepts, skills, attitudes, action and knowledge. Students explore six subject areas: language; social studies; mathematics; science; the arts - music, visual arts, dance and drama; and personal, social and physical education. The teaching of additional languages other than English is encouraged in order to support the international perspective of the curriculum.

 

Learners are Collaborative
Bouncing ideas off others and gaining an appreciation for different perspectives, students often work together and in groups.
 

Learners are Unique
Everyone learns differently.  Finding out what motivates and engages an individual is key to helping them become lifelong learners.

Learners have Potential
Providing opportunities for students to embrace challenges and inspiring them to beat their own personal best.
 

Learners make Connections
Most things in the world are interrelated. Students need to be encourage to "connect the dots" and transfer knowledge from one subject to the next.



Learners are at the Center
Actively engaged in their own learning, students gain confidence through discovery and expression.

Learners are Reflective
Learning in school, at home and outside of the community.  Experiences that can shape decisions and the path an individual will take in life.

Learn more about the
PYP Program @ VIS

See the VIS Primary
Student Handbook

 

Visit the IBO website