What is the difference between an IB school and a regular neighborhood school?
The Primary Years Program (PYP) provides an educational experience upon what is currently known about how young children learn. It draws on the best practices in elementary school instruction. Teachers collaboratively plan their instruction around six organizing themes - Who we are; Where we are in place and time; How we express ourselves; How the world works; How we organize ourselves; and How we share the planet. Students are given the opportunity to build meaning through structured inquiry.
In PYP schools, the teachers’ structuring of new experiences, and the support they give to students’ ideas about new experiences, are fundamental to students’ knowledge, understanding, and conceptual development - the ability to have an understanding of abstract concepts, to make links between them, and to think conceptually. In the PYP it is recognized that development and learning are interrelated, and the PYP curriculum framework allows for concept development that applies across and beyond subject-specific areas.