IB PYP Candidate School

What is International Baccalaureate (IB)?

International Baccalaureate (IB) is a global leader in international education-developing inquiring, knowledgeable, confident, and caring young people. Our programmes empower school-aged students to take ownership in their own learning and help them develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in a world that changes fast.

The IB programmes are designed to develop well-rounded individuals who can respond to today's challenges with optimism and an open mind.

IB programmes enable teachers to develop resilient, self-motivated young people who have the knowledge, skills, and sense of purpose they need to thrive throughout their lives and contribute to making the world abetter place.

Primary Years Programme at MAPS

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)is designed for students aged 4 to 12 (grades Preschool - 5). It is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts, as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academic development. The PYP curriculum has an international perspective where the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds is welcomed and celebrated.

A PYP school strives towards developing an internationally minded person who demonstrates the attributes of the Learner Profile, which represent the qualities of a life-long learner.

Concept based inquiry is the leading pedagogical approach of the enhanced PYP and is the basis for all learning and teaching in the programme. Inquiry is an authentic way for students to explore and understand the world, nurturing their curiosity as they move from current to new and deeper understandings, and embark on a lifelong journey of learning.

The IB knows that young learners are intelligent, resourceful and creative individuals who grow, develop, and learn at different rates. Early learning in the PYP is a holistic learning experience that integrates socio-emotional, physical, and cognitive development. The power of play is the primary vehicle for inquiry, supporting thoughtful and intentional opportunities for child-initiated play, hands on learning, and the co-construction of learning between teachers and young learners. Through play and exploration, and relationships with peers, teachers, family, and community members, students will learn to inquire as they build and test theories to help make sense of the world around them.

Benefits to Learners

IB Learners are:

  • encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems
  • drive their own learning; more culturally aware
  • able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world etc.

 

The Spirit of Inquiry

Inquiry, as the leading pedagogical approach of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) recognizes students as being actively involved in their own learning and as taking responsibility for that learning. PYP learning is approached with a spirit of inquiry. Drawing from the transdisciplinary themes and students' interests, inquiry is an authentic way for students to relate to, explore and understand the world around them.

Through the inquiry process, students move from current understandings to new and deeper understandings. This process involves : exploring, wondering and questioning experimenting and playing with possibilities making connections between previous learning and current learning making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens collecting data and reporting findings clarifying existing ideas and reappraising perceptions of events applying concepts to deepen conceptual understandings researching and seeking information establishing and testing theories solving problems in a variety of ways taking and defending a position.

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative In making reasoned, ethical decisions

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view. and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a

commitment to service. and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenge sand change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives intellectual, physical, and emotional to achieve wellbeing for others and ourselves. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world inwhich we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

The PYP Curriculum

The PYP Curriculum aims to provide parents a basic understanding of the PYP at MAPS. There will be open house sessions throughout the year to develop an understanding of this programme. the Primary Years Programme(PYP) is design for students aged from three to eleven years. It is a concept based, inquiry philosophy and a curriculum framework. the PYP strives for balance between the search for understanding, the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, the development of positive attitudes and the opportunity for positive action. in terms of achieving this balance, the vision and mission, the curriculum includes five essential elements curriculum.

  • Concepts - powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explorer and re-explore in order to develop understanding.
  • Skills - those things the learner need to be able to succeed in a changing, challenging world like thinking skills, research skills, social skills , communication skills and self management skills.
  • Knowledge - significant ,relevant, subject matter we wish the students to explorer and know about.
  • Action - demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through positive action and service; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements. the PYP model shows all the elements that combine to form the coherent curriculum framework.

 

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