'The Primary Years Programme (PYP) prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.' ~ International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for 5 to 10 year olds prescribes a curriculum framework of essential elements comprising concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and action, each of which is reflected in the IB Learner Profile and is a reference point for the construction of a school’s curriculum.
The most significant and distinctive features of the IB PYP framework are its six trans-disciplinary themes, focusing on conceptual ideas and global issues that have meaning and importance for everyone. 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 trans-disciplinary framework that allows students to "step up" beyond the confines of learning within a single subject area.
- 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
These six trans-disciplinary themes help Fairgreen and its teachers develop a concept-based program, approached through activities of authentic inquiry. Using in-depth investigations into important ideas, which require a higher level of involvement and skill development from each student, each inquiry is substantial, detailed and lasts for several weeks.
For each of the Units of Inquiry developed under the umbrella of the six trans-disciplinary themes, all subjects are integrated into a single conceptual unit, including science, where the emphasis is on developing the skills for scientific exploration such as ‘thinking’ and ‘process’ as well as unit content. If a subject is not organically and naturally linked to a unit, which can happen with some areas of mathematics and physical education for example, then the subject is taught separately through discrete lessons. The UAE Ministry of Education Social Studies Standards for example will be incorporated within the six trans-disciplinary themes where appropriate and will be taught separately where necessary.
The five essential skills identified within the PYP are social, communication, research, thinking and self-management skills. These skills are explored and developed explicitly throughout the programme. Such skills are essential for 21st century living and work, and by developing them we ensure that our graduates are not only knowledgeable, but also skilled at applying what they have learned in multiple situations.
Assessment is ongoing and integral to the PYP from KG2 all the way to Grade 5. The final year of the PYP culminates in the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition, where students demonstrate their depth of learning to peers, teachers and parents and where they can showcase their community action and service towards solving a global issue.