The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12.
It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas - arts; language; mathematics; physical, social and personal education; science; and, social studies - with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning:
Students inquire into, and learn about, these globally significant issues in the context of units of inquiry, each of which addresses a central idea relevant to a particular transdisciplinary theme.
Students who learn in this way begin to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as learners and become actively involved with their education.
All students will come to realise that a unit of inquiry involves them in an in-depth exploration of an important idea, and that the teacher will collect evidence of how well they understand that idea.
The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme.
Due to the nature of our student population and bearing in mind the future educational prospects of the majority of our pupils, our school has made every attempt possible to incorporate and align the Italian National Curriculum learning objectives into the main school curriculum. Parents need, however, to be aware that content as well as methods and approaches to teaching and learning will be different to the traditional Italian school system and be willing to accept that this is part and parcel of the choice they have made when selecting our school for their child.
Students who are in their final year of the programme are expected to carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry project, known as the exhibition, under the guidance of their teachers.
The exhibition represents a significant event in the life of both the school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the programme and sharing them with the whole school community.
It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the Learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the programme. It is a culminating experience marking the transition from PYP to further steps in education.
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