The IB Education Framework
The PYP is a curriculum framework; it brings with it a clear educational philosophy and a methodology for young learners.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students between the ages of 3 and 12. It is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. The PYP 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 welfare.
The PYP places structured inquiry at the heart of the learning process. Children are encouraged to develop, through the learning process, those attributes and traits that will enable them to become expert learners.
The PYP curriculum model is built from a framework of transdisciplinary themes that help teachers and students to explore and acquire essential knowledge and skills and to take socially responsible action.
The IB PYP strives to demonstrate this through learning, giving understanding to a real-life world and through the learner profile: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced and Reflective.
BMIS has aligned the IB scope and Sequence to the Common Core Standards and other international standards to set a clear shared goal and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in each grade level. The high international standards with its inquiry-based pedagogy, chosen by the school, define what all students are expected to know and be able to do; not how teachers should teach the PYP; it provides an effective framework for teaching and learning. The curriculum framework of the PYP supports the implementation of the standards. Just as the standards build upon prior experience and knowledge, the PYP scope and sequence also builds from one phase to the more advanced phase.