The Primary Years
Year 3 to Year 6
Transdisciplinary learning from The Early Years continues so that the disciplines are not taught in isolation or even in combination, but instead they are integrated into holistic Units of Inquiry that address several disciplines or content areas simultaneously, while also going beyond to address the commonalities of human experience in a way that is significant, relevant, engaging and challenging for each student.
Skills common to several disciplines such as the development of thinking, communication, socializing, research and self-management skills are fostered and discipline-specific skills with applications in other curriculum areas, essential 21st-century skills are developed. Our teachers foster an atmosphere that encourages students to engage in rigourous intellectual activity and independent thinking. This might include going on field trips, using media, meeting professionals in the field, constructing play areas representing the topic, and conducting interviews or surveys. Students are encouraged to put into practice what they have learned through service to the school community, the local community and the global community. Knowledge and attitudes mean little unless they cause one to take action. PYP expects that all learners have the opportunity and the power to choose their actions, to act and to reflect on their actions in order to make a difference in the world.
Link to include the PYP units for Y 3 – Y 6
As a culmination to the Primary Years programme, students in Year 6 engage in the PYP Exhibition which is a significant event in the life of an IB World School and its students, and is a celebration of the transition from primary to middle school. Students engage in an in-depth inquiry into a real world issue, individually or in groups. The purpose of the exhibition is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate independence in their own learning, to explore multiple perspectives, apply learning from previous years, reflect on the journey and demonstrate how they can take action. The exhibition provides us with an authentic process for assessing student understanding.