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 Trans-disciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge, concepts and skills derived from various subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning and taking action through learning.
The PYP leads directly into the Middle Years Programme (MYP). It can also prepare learners for other inquiry based middle years programmes as most of the knowledge, skills and understanding that students acquire during PYP are readily transferable.
The PYP is a way of teaching and learning is usually taught in conjunction with a curriculum which details more specific content. At Al Rowad we have taken the best from national curricula around the world and benchmarked this content against Cambridge Curriculum. Throughout their learning students acquire and apply these skills:
The school focuses on developing a series of attributes in the students that make up the PYP Learner Profile:
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a five-year programme that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
The MYP builds on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed by the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP).
The features of the MYP programme help students develop disciplinary (and interdisciplinary) understanding.
- Approaches to learning (ATL)
Demonstrating a commitment to approaches to learning as a key component of the MYP for developing skills for learning.
- Approaches to teaching
Emphasizing MYP pedagogy, including collaborative learning through inquiry.
Highlighting a concept-driven curriculum.
- Global contexts
Showing how learning best takes place in context.
Important outcomes of the MYP programme:
Inquiry-based learning and broad and balanced curriculum may result in student-initiated action, which may involve service within the community. The MYP culminates in the personal project (for students in MYP year 5) or the community project (for students in MYP years 3 or 4).
The MYP organizes teaching and learning through eight subject groups:
Al Rowad International School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of adiverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org