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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 concerns.

The PYP offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. It 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.

Teaching methodologies and assessment strategies reflect teachers’ engagement with current educational thinking and high quality ongoing professional development.

 There are 5 essential elements to the PYP.

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). The core subjects are Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts and ‘Personal, Social and Physical Education.’

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

Six core subjects are addressed, through six Units of Inquiry per year (four in pre-kindergarten). The core subjects are Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts and ‘Personal, Social and Physical Education.’

Units of Inquiry are organised into six transdisciplinary themes of global and local 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:

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

  • 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 we cultivate in our students 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 we cultivate in our students are:

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

(See also the IB Learner Profile)

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5. ACTION


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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Dual Language Program


The Dual Language Program is one in which two languages are used for instruction: English and, in our case, French. 50% of instruction is provided by a French mother tongue teacher and 50% is provided by an English mother tongue teacher, working together as a team. The students are integrated during most of the day, allowing them to learn from each other as proficient peer models. This model allows for additive bilingualism for all students, meaning that academic progress will be maintained in the first language while the student obtains proficiency in a second language.

Please see this FAQ document for more information on the Dual Language Program.

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