AIS's International Baccalaureate's Primary Years inspired programme (PYP 4-8) provides our school with a philosophy and curriculum framework, which aims to combine the best research and practice from a range of national systems with the wealth of knowledge and experience in international schools.
The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.
The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB inspired Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them.
The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework.
- 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
Through these themes, students gain knowledge in six principal domains:
- Language (English and Danish)
- Science and technology
- Social Studies
- Personal, social and physical education
Teachers develop a programme of inquiry, in-depth investigations into important ideas, identified by the teachers and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial and in-depth and last for a number of weeks.
Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do. The teacher's feedback to the students provides the guidance, the tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skillful and better at understanding how to learn.
For more information regarding our inspiration and the PYP please visit www.ibo.org