IB Primary Years Programme

 


At Sreenidhi International School (SNIS) - our primary years focus on Inquiry based teaching-learning and concept driven curriculum rather than mere content driven curriculum. The transdisciplinary approach reiterates our belief that knowledge transcends beyond individual subject areas, thus aiding development of skills, concepts and attitudes, which form the core of any learning. The path for lifelong learners is clearly demarcated.

The Primary Section of SNIS is an authorized school for PYP (Primary Years Programme) of International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), which focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

                        

Five essential elements of the PYP

The five essential elements - concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action are incorporated into this framework, so that students are given the opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge that is relevant and of global significance
  • Develop an understanding of concepts, which allows them to make connections throughout their learning
  • Acquire transdisciplinary and disciplinary skills
  • Develop attitudes that will lead to international-mindedness
  • Take action as a consequence of their learning

The PYP curriculum model is:

The written curriculum - The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to”step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas are:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Teachers are guided by these six trans-disciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry that both transcend and articulate conventional subject boundaries. The programme can be illustrated by a hexagon with the six transdisciplinary themes surrounding six subject areas:

  • Language
  • SocialStudies
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Personal, social and physical education

The trans-disciplinary themes and subject areas outlined above form the knowledge element of the programme.

The taught curriculum- The six trans-disciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiries- in-depth investigations into important ideas, identified by the teachers, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.

The assessed curriculum- Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do. The teacher'sfeedback to the students provides the guidance, the tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skillful and better at understanding how to learn.

Learner profile- The learner profile describes a list of attributes that promote academic rigour and the establishing of a personal value system leading to international-mindedness. It is expected that PYP teachers will assess and report on individual student development regarding each of the ten attributes.

To know more about PYP & IBO please visit- www.ibo.org

The Programme of Inquiry for the year 2015-16 - POI

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Testimonials


PARENT REFLECTION


1) Very nice presentation by kids.

 P/ o-Siri Aahlada (PYP5D)

2) The experience today was extremely amazing volunteered at the food counter and was pleased to  see children curious, well informed and polite. The presentation by the children in PYP1 was well researched and presented.  Thank you!

(P/o: Joshua V- PYP1 B)
 
3) I loved the children’s excitement and the curiosity they showed. This event is an amazing learning  experience for the children to get introduced to different cultures, countries, food etc. My child was excited to research on the topic.
 
Debica (P/o: Joshua.S-PYP1B)
     
4) Fabulous concept-ISD.The kids get to learn much more about different Nations, their history, culture, food, economy, and tourism and so much more. It’s so much informative when done this way through activities rather than just reading. This is almost one of my favorite days in the entire
annual academic year: Love the concept of passports and stamping. Beautiful simply.
 
Pragnya Gupta (P/o: Aaryaveer Gupta—PYP5 D)
 
5) Very nice, loved the excitement of children. Awesome experience. Great learning for the children.

Rajeshwari Bandari (P/o Akshainie Bandari—PYP3 A)


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