IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum framework...
Six transdisciplinary themes These themes provide IB World Schools with the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.
Who we are Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human
Where we are in place and time Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives
How we express ourselves Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic
How the world works Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment
How we organize ourselves Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment
Sharing the planet Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Each theme is addressed each year by all students. (Students aged 3 to 5 engage with four of the themes each year).
In addition all PYP students have the opportunity to learn more than one language from the age of seven.
These interdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiries–investigations into important ideas, identified by the schools, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.
Since these ideas relate to the world beyond the school, students see their relevance and connect with it in an engaging and challenging way. Students who learn in this way begin to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as learners and become actively involved with their education. All students will come to realise that that a unit of inquiry involves them in in-depth exploration of an important idea, and that the teacher will collect evidence of how well they understand that idea. They will expect to be able to work in a variety of ways, on their own and in groups, to allow them to learn to their best advantage.
Challenge stereotypes. Explore contemporary and traditional aspects of life. Engage with the diversity of Asia. Explore Australia’s place in the region. Access online resources and materials to support the texts and CD ROMs.
Domains P-10. Curriculum offered to students from Prep to Year 10 is accompanied by a range of teaching & learning aids to ensure teachers & students maximise the opportunity for education. The aids are grouped into the VELS domains.
Teacher's corner: teaching and learning about the United Nations Resources for Model UN Internet Resources Multi-media Resources Useful Publications: From 5 up to 7 years old From 6 up to 17 years old From 10 up to 17 years old From 17 years old and up Resources for Libraries Other services Download Fact Sheet
Video Links Five short videos on the “big ideas” of Understanding by Design, View Video Short videos on the new Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units (ASCD 2011). In these videos, Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe discuss the changes to the UbD template and highlight some features of the new design guide. View Video on Jay’s author’s page View Video on Grant’s author’s page Here is a link to a free video program from The Arts in Every Classroom Series – “Using UbD to Design Multi-Arts Curriculum Units” View video Jay discusses the challenges of trying to learn to surf. View Video Jay discusses a transformative moment from his early teaching career. View video Just for fun – a UbD rap created by a teacher! View Video
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