The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) develops internationally-minded students. At ISUtrecht we encourage students to become life-long learners and equip them with the academic and life skills to enable them to actively choose to be world citizens.
The PYP places the student at the center of everything we do. Building on their own background knowledge and experiences we endeavour to develop internationally-minded students, by, among other approaches, modeling and raising awareness of the learner profile attributes: inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taker and balanced These attributes are a set of ideals, which aim to promote intercultural understanding.
Inquiry based learning
The PYP uses constructivist-, conceptual- and inquiry-based learning to enable students to become life-long learners and equip them with the academic and life skills to enable them to activity choose to be world citizens. We encourage students to investigate their own questions, which come up while exploring traditional academic subjects. Through this exploration they construct new knowledge through discussion and research and transfer these ideas to a conceptual level of understanding by approaching the subject areas in multi- or interdisciplinary lessons under transdisciplinary themes. This way we emphasise the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills.
Primary teacher articles and Instagram accounts
If you want to know what inquiry-based learning looks like in our school, please read an article by Kindergarten teacher Brandi Brittain about the inquiry cycle and taking action. You can also take a look at an article from grade 3 teacher Brian Lynam in which he explains how the IB curriculum is continuously linked to the world outside school, or you can let our grade 5 students tell you about their team building days at the start of this school year. Of course, you can also follow our primary teachers on Instagram: @msmaria_isutrecht; @msdudgeon_isutrecht; mrkris_isutrecht; missbrandi_isutrecht, or our whole school account: @international_school_utrecht.
More information about the IB
Programme of Inquiry and Phases
Please view the ISUtrecht Programme of Inquiry for the 2019-2020 academic year. You might also find it interesting to look at the developmental phases for: