The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), designed for students aged 4-11, is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. ISUtrecht is an International Baccalaureate World School, accredited to teach the IB PYP.
The aim of teaching the IB PYP is to develop internationally minded people, who will, during their school days as well as later in life, actively choose to be world citizens, believing that individuals can make a difference. We encourage students to become life-long learners and equip them with the academic and life skills to take them into the changing world they are growing up in. Please take a look at the slides from a presentation by Eryn Wiseman – Leader of Primary Years, to find out what the PYP looks like at ISUtrecht.
Inquiry Based Learning
At the heart of the PYP are the so-called Learner Profile Attributes: inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taker, balanced and reflective. These attributes are a set of ideals, which aim to promote intercultural understanding and the belief that other people with their differences can also be right.
The PYP strongly promotes inquiry based learning whereby learners are allowed to explore their own questions and construct new knowledge and levels of understanding. This will inspire and motivate students to become open-minded, respectful individuals who will play an active part within the local and global communities.
Traditional academic subjects are part of the programme, but are encouraged in a transdisciplinary programme of inquiry that emphasises the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills.
The most important premise of the PYP is that children learn through their own curiosity – and that it is the school’s responsibility to encourage them to be curious, to ask questions and to explore ways of finding the answers to their questions.