PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM
Primary Years Program (PYP) is for students from age 3 to grade 5. The PYP prepares students to become lifelong learners who care for others and respect differences. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer who asks questions and is curious about things, both within and beyond the classroom.
PYP emphasizes international mindedness through the learner profile attributes and the local and global issues addressed in the units of inquiry.
There are six units (for K-5 students) and four units of inquiry (for age 3-Pre-K students) under the six trans-disciplinary themes listed below. Early childhood students are required to complete a unit under How We Express Ourselves and Who We Are.
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How the world works
How we express ourselves
Sharing the planet
How we organize ourselves
Essential Elements of PYP
Unit content is based on the common core Science and Social Studies skills which have been reorganized to have deeper focus and connect to global issues.
PYP has different types of assessment that are done to understand students’ pre-knowledge and the process as well as the end result.