LEARNING IN PYP
Within the PYP it is believed student learning is best done when it is authentic - relevant to the "real world" and Trans disciplinary - where the learning is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subject areas but is supported and enriched by them. Our understanding of the word trans disciplinary is that through the use of central ideas, themes and concepts, learning does not just go across different subject areas, but it 'transcends' them. During inquiry learning, it would be difficult to tell which specific 'subjects' are being studied in a class at any one time - there will be students using different 'subjects' to deepen their understanding of the central idea, in authentic ways.
A unit of Inquiry usually lasts for 6-8 weeks. Six units are studied throughout each year. Each trans disciplinary theme contains an inquiry.
Units of Inquiry provide a framework on which our teachers build students' knowledge. With the IB PYP, the priority is not on using a set of textbooks, but rather the emphasis is on a wide variety of resources from which teachers and students extract knowledge, develop understanding, and explore ways of applying that to real life.
IB Learner Profile:
- Inquirers: We develop our natural curiosity.
- Knowledgeable: We explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance.
- Thinkers: We apply thinking skills critically and creatively to approach complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
- Communicators: We understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.
- Principled: We take responsibility for our own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
- Open-Minded: We understand and appreciate our own culture and community history and are open to the perspective, values and traditions of other individuals, communities and ethnicities.
- Caring: We have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
- Courageous: We approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.
- Balanced: We understand the importance of intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for ourselves and others.
- Reflective: We are able to assess and understand our strengths and limitations in order to support our learning and personal development.
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