The PYP is a rigorous study program based on researchthat transforms teaching practices.
It is inquiry-based learning and research that helps to develop the student’s understanding of the world.
The PYP seeks above all to create a balance between the quest for meaning, understanding, the acquisition of essential skills and knowledge.
The PYP consists of 6 transdisciplinary themes:
- Who are we:An inquiry into the nature of the 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
- Where are we in place and time:An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between, and the interconnectedness of, individuals and civilizations from local and global perspectives
- How we express ourselves: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.
- How the world works: An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
- How we organize ourselves: An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
- Sharing the planet: An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Although the PYP adopts a transdisciplinary learning model, it is important to understand that knowledge disciplines are not the enemy to flee but rather an effective and necessary ally (Beane, 1995).
The question, therefore, is not whether to make room for subject-specific knowledge, but how to integrate knowledge into the transdisciplinary module in a convincing and authentic way.
To do this, transdisciplinary themes will be studied through six subjects:
– Languages: English and French
– Individuals and Societies
– Personal, Social and Physical Education
In the final year of PYP, students participate in a graduation project: the exhibition.
This project requires each student to invest in the 5 essential elements of the programme: knowledge, concepts, know-how, skills and action.
It is both a transdisciplinary research project conducted in the spirit of a personal and shared responsibility, and a summative evaluation activity to celebrate the transition of students from the PYP to the MYP.
The exhibition is an important event that brings together the essential elements of the PYP and shares them with the wider school community.
There are different assessment strategies:
- Task completion
- Procedure assessment
- Answers to set questions
- Open-ended questions and tasks