In the PYP, a balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking responsible action.The essential elements of the written curriculum include...
Significant, relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding
A set of eight key concepts is of major importance in the design and implementation of the curriculum.
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?
Within their learning throughout the program, students acquire and apply a set of transdisciplinary skills, or approaches to learning:
In PYP schools, students should demonstrate:
Commitment Confidence Cooperation
Creativity Curiosity Empathy
Enthusiasm Independence Integrity
Respect Tolerance Action
These are interwoven into the 10 PYP Learner Profile Characteristics that every PYP Learner should demonstrate.
Learning to be:
Open-MindedActionIn PYP schools, students demonstrate deeper learning through the action cycle of “Choose, Act, Reflect.” The goal is for them to use their knowledge to improve their community.