At WIS we are developing and teaching the IB curriculum throughout all grade levels. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
The Goal of PYP Curriculum:
• address students’ academic needs and their social and emotional well-being
• encourage students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
• support students’ effort to gain understanding of the world and to function effectively within it
• help student to establish personal values as a foundation on which international-mindedness will flourish.
The PYP views student as being at the center of their learning. The leading pedagogical approach is guided inquiry, in which students engage in their learning in a way that sees them actively constructing meaning. The PYP is concept-driven, asking students to understand big ideas, rather than isolated facts. There is a focus on developing positive dispositions, such as respect, enthusiasm and responsibility. Students are taught essential skills that will empower them to be independent and proactive. There is a large focus on developing research, communication, social, self-management and thinking skills. Critical thinking and problem solving are important aspects of the program. Students will work independently, but they are also often asked to work successfully in collaboration with other students. There is a very significant emphasis placed on how students learn, as well as what they learn. In order to implement the PYP, schools undergo regularly rigorous authorization processes.