Primary students are off to an exciting start of the year as they gather with old pals and welcome new friends. All classes have begun to explore their first units of inquiry, tuning in to their central ideas to reflect on what they already know about their topics and what they want to find out. As you visit classrooms for Open House on Thursday evening you will be able to see where they are in the inquiry process.
We are pleased to be hosting a PYP workshop at the school on 5-6 October. Teachers will receive training to further their understanding of how to effectively implement the program in their classrooms and school wide. On 17-18 October two consultants from IB will be at the school for our final authorization visit. They will speak to teachers, board members, students and parents about our understanding of the PYP and it’s implementation at ISM.
Classroom learning experiences and parent communications are shared on the SeeSaw platform. The Weebly site will now be used to share updates on the PYP program. Parents will still be able to access practical school information such as calendars, handbooks and school policies.
The Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate is a framework for teaching and learning that centers on student inquiry. Students ages 3 to 12 years experience the curriculum through units of inquiry built around a central idea,, within six transdisciplinary themes of global significance. Through these units they explore the key concepts, learner traits, skills and attitudes of the PYP framework.
Through the integrated units of inquiry students study Language, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, Health, Physical Education and ICT. The UK National Curriculum describes what students should know and be able to do in core subjects at different stages of learning.
The goal of the PYP program is to develop lifelong learners and global citizens who will be prepared to go out into our rapidly changing world with the knowledge and skills needed to make an impact.