The IB Primary Years Programme
The International Baccalaureate Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. PYP students learn agency – to take ownership of their learning – and are guided to direct their learning within a framework of real-time experience and inquiry.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. In the IB PYP Next context, teachers are provided with a coherent curriculum and with a planning framework that shows them how to guide and engage learners as well as ensure overall expectations and learning outcomes are reached. The curriculum is designed to help learners broaden their understanding of the world, and to honour children’s questions, curiosity, and voices.
In PYP World Schools, all students have the opportunity to learn more than one language from at least the age of 7. Language is involved in all learning and is an essential vehicle for inquiry and the construction of meaning.
The IB PYP Next embraces a transdisciplinary approach, ensuring that learners make connections between, across, and beyond subjects.
The IB PYP Next employs six transdisciplinary themes based on human commonalities; Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organize ourselves, and Sharing the planet. These themes are used around the world, regardless of national boundaries or cultural differences. This allows students to use many lenses and filters to view the same question from different angles. Learning within the IB PYP Next framework encourages learning to be authentic, engaging, relevant, flexible, connected and international.
These programmes feature themes designed to encourage shared responsibility and experiences; to become compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people with their differences, can also be right; and to invite student action based on shared community ideas across the world.