08 September, 2023

How you can support your child on the Primary Years Programme at Northbridge

How you can support your child on the Primary Years Programme at Northbridge

By Donita Bell
Assistant Head of Primary and PYP Coordinator

The inquiry-based teaching on the Primary Years Programme (PYP) means asking effective questions that underpin how we nurture students to be life-long learners and support our students to understand how they learn. The IB advocates several ways families can support their children as PYP Learners.

Parents and carers can: 


Be inquirers themselves:

- Model that they are a learner too

- Inquire together to find out

- Ask questions

- Reply to your child’s questions with a question: “how can we find out?”


Support your student to be independent and have ‘agency’:

Encourage them to express themselves

Support their choices

Allow their curiosity to prompt their investigations and follow what they are interested in


Reflect upon things they do with questions:

“How do you know?”

“What makes you think that?”

“Is there any other way you could do that?”

“What did you find easy or challenging?”


Give feedback to your child to nudge their curiosity?

“Where to next with your questions?”

“After you do that, what might you do next?”


Support learning through asking conceptual questions:

“What did that make you think of?”

“Why did you do that?”

“How did you work it out?”


Your role as families is crucial in the learning of our children.  What you do at home is the consolidation of the importance of learning in everything we do.  If you are interested in learning more about the PYP, please lock it in on your calendar for Friday 22 September in the Hub Room. 

We will further continue to explain how the Primary Years Programme is so crucial in the development of skills and dispositions that will make our children create a future full of problem solvers, designers, creators and caring humans who value the world around them.