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IB Primary Years Program

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) aims to help students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth.The PYP is a process led, inquiry based curriculum that encourages students to ask questions and seek answers about the world around them. It helps students to become independent, confident thinkers and learners from an early age. The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, trans-disciplinary themes and to consider the links between them .The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) is underpinned by six trans-disciplinary themes around which learning is planned.

These are:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

The 5 Essential elements of PYP are: Knowledge, Skills, Concept, Attitudes and Action

  • Knowledge – which is both disciplinary and trans-disciplinary is represented by traditional subject areas – language, mathematics, science, social studies, arts and PSPE.
  • Skills – which are the broad capabilities students develop and apply during learning and in life beyond the classroom.
  • Concepts – which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas
  • Attitudes – which contribute to international-mindedness and the wellbeing of individuals learning communities, and connect directly to the IB learner profile.
  • Action – which is an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.
  • Visible thinking routines are practiced at Oakridge to promote and enhance student’s learning. These routines enrich the classroom environment and foster student’s intellectual development. It helps students to reflect on their thinking about a topic or issue and explore how and why that thinking has changed.
  • Classroom routines for developing language, mathematical concepts and a sense of belongingness, ensure that you get through things that need to be done daily or weekly. With these routines in place the students are aware what is expected from them.
  • Learning by doing – Students are given various opportunities to explore, investigate and find out answers to their queries. Virtual and in-house field trips give prospects to their learning.
  • Parent involvement in their children’s learning, not only improves a child’s morale, attitude, and academic achievement across all subject areas but it also promotes better behaviour and social adjustment. At Oakridge , parents are involved openly in all major activities.
  • Reflection is an integral part of IBPYP: Teacher’s reflect on his/her teaching style and strategies while students reflect on what, why and how the learning has changed their views.

Assessment is an essential part of the teaching and learning process. It provides information about student learning and development, as well as a framework for planning, self-reflection, and collaboration. Formative and Summative assessments are done for each unit followed by Student led conferences,this helps teachers in understanding students’ strengths and challenges. These are reflected in a report called “The Touch stone report” and is shared with parents periodically.

PYP Exhibition

In the final year of the PYP, students, carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as the PYP exhibition. This involves students working collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or problems. Students collectively synthesise all of the essential elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community. They identify, investigate and find solutions to real life problems. It also provides teachers with a powerful and authentic process for assessing student understanding. The exhibition represents a unique and significant opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile developed throughout their engagement with the PYP. It also provides schools and students with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the transition of learners to the next phase of their education.

Student Led Conference (SLC)

At the end of an academic year, students demonstrate their knowledge in learning through a formal SLC. In addition to the concepts learnt, various skills like communication skills, social skills, attitudes like confidence, respect and  time management,  collaboration is presented by students to parents, peers and teachers.  This assessment gives an in-person experience to parents on their child’s overall development.

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