Central to the philosophy of the PYP is the principle that structured inquiry is a powerful vehicle for learning that promotes understanding, while challenging your child to engage with significant ideas. The PYP framework includes eight key concepts that provide the underlying structure for the exploration of content throughout the program. These key concepts include:
- Form: What is it like?
- Function: How does it work?
- Causation: Why is it like it is?
- Change: How is it changing?
- Connection: How is it connected to other things?
- Perspective: What are the points of view?
- Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
- Reflection: How do we know?
Our PYP curriculum is arranged and taught through large, cross-curricular units of study known as Units of Inquiry. Throughout the Elementary School, these Units of Inquiry are arranged under six themes that are explored transdisciplinary across different subject areas. Our program offers a balance between learning about or through the different subject areas, and learning beyond them.
- 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
These themes are explored transdisciplinary across subjects that follow a scope and sequence and place importance on the construction of meaning. Conceptual understandings and learner outcomes are given for each phase in the learning continuum. The subjects are as follows:
Personal, social and physical education