The IB Primary Years Program is for all students in grades K-5. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, touching hearts as well as minds and addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs as well as academic ones. The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.
The POI is an overview of the scope, sequence, and depth of student learning from kindergarten through fifth grade. The POI documents the central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts, and related concepts of each of the six PYP transdisciplinary themes. At the end of each school year, the PYP staff meets to reflect on the POI and their transdisciplinary units of study and agree upon any changes that need to be made to better align and support student learning at each programme year.
The IB PYP Curriculum Framework is organized by the six transdisciplinary themes, which drive conceptual and contextual learning for PYP students as they engage in units of inquiry that help them develop a global perspective and international-mindedness. Below are the six transdisciplinary themes with the IB descriptions for each one:
An inquiry into the nature of self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations, and migrations of humankind; the relationships between interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
An 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.
An inquiry into the natural world and its laws: the interaction between the natural worlds (physical and biological) and human societies: how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the affect of scientific and technological advances on society and the environment.
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their affect on humankind and the environment.
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
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