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OUR EDUCATIONAL APPROACH

IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an international curriculum framework designed for all children between the ages of 3 and 12 years. The programme focuses on the total growth of the developing child, addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.

The PYP combines the best research and practices from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools, to create a relevant and engaging educational programme.

The PYP offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. It is an international model designed for concurrency in learning and in student learning styles, teaching methodologies and assessment strategies.

St. John’s addresses the 5 essential elements of the PYP :

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1. KNOWLEDGE


Six core subjects are addressed, through six Units of Inquiry per year (four in pre-kindergarten), which are language, math, science, social studies, arts and personal, social and physical education.


Units of Inquiry are organised into six transdisciplinary themes of global significance. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in pla...

Six core subjects are addressed, through six Units of Inquiry per year (four in pre-kindergarten), which are language, math, science, social studies, arts and personal, social and physical education.


Units of Inquiry are organised into six transdisciplinary themes of global significance. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks:

  • 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

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2. CONCEPTS


The PYP is a concept-driven curriculum, encouraging students to think critically about the world around them. The PYP identifies eight key concepts which are central to understanding:

  • Form: What is it like?
  • Function: How does it work?
  • Causation: Why is it like it is?
  • Change: How is it changing?
  • Connection: How is it connected to other things?
  • Perspective: What are the points of view?
  • Respon...

The PYP is a concept-driven curriculum, encouraging students to think critically about the world around them. The PYP identifies eight key concepts which are central to understanding:

  • Form: What is it like?
  • Function: How does it work?
  • Causation: Why is it like it is?
  • Change: How is it changing?
  • Connection: How is it connected to other things?
  • Perspective: What are the points of view?
  • Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
  • Reflection: How do we know?

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3. SKILLS


Teaching and learning at St. John’s encourage the development of essential skills which transcend subject boundaries. The skills identified in the PYP are regarded as essential to lifelong learning, and include:

The skills identified in the PYP are regarded as essential to lifelong learning, and include:

  • Thinking skills
  • Social skills 
  • Communication skills 
  • Self-management skills
  • Research...

Teaching and learning at St. John’s encourage the development of essential skills which transcend subject boundaries. The skills identified in the PYP are regarded as essential to lifelong learning, and include:

The skills identified in the PYP are regarded as essential to lifelong learning, and include:

  • Thinking skills
  • Social skills 
  • Communication skills 
  • Self-management skills
  • Research skills

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4. ATTITUDES


At St. John’s, we recognise the importance of the development of personal attitudes towards learning, other people and the environment.

The PYP attitudes are:

  • Appreciation 
  • Commitment 
  • Confidence 
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity 
  • Curiosity 
  • Empathy 
  • Enthusiasm
  • Independence
  • Integrity 
  • Respect 
  • Tolerance

(See also the IB Learner Profile)

At St. John’s, we recognise the importance of the development of personal attitudes towards learning, other people and the environment.

The PYP attitudes are:

  • Appreciation 
  • Commitment 
  • Confidence 
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity 
  • Curiosity 
  • Empathy 
  • Enthusiasm
  • Independence
  • Integrity 
  • Respect 
  • Tolerance

(See also the IB Learner Profile)

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5. ACTIONS


As each child’s knowledge and understanding of the world increases, we encourage them to think and reflect on their learning and take appropriate, responsible action, both inside and outside of the school environment.

As each child’s knowledge and understanding of the world increases, we encourage them to think and reflect on their learning and take appropriate, responsible action, both inside and outside of the school environment.

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