Primary Years Programme
Discovery College is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) school. This programme offers our school a philosophy and curriculum framework which aims to combine the best research and practice from a range of national systems with the wealth of knowledge and experience in international schools.
What is the Primary Years Programme?
The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.
The PYP encourage the development of the traits described in the IB learner profile. It describes the qualities IB students develop and display as they learn.
Find out more about the IB Learner profile here.
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.
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organise ourselves
- Sharing the planet
Through these themes, students gain knowledge in six principal domains:
- Language (English and Chinese)
- Science and technology
- Personal, social and physical education
- Social Studies
The Taught Curriculum
The six transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a comprehensive programme of inquiry with 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’s feedback 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.
Find out more about the PYP curriculum here.
The Discovery College Programme of Inquiry
This promises to be another exciting year in the Primary School. Please download a copy of our Programme of Inquiry to find out what’s in store for all the year levels.
Kate Agars, PYP Coordinator