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1 Southlands Elementary School International Baccalaureate World School Primary Years Program
2 IB Mission StatementThe International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
3 What is a PYP Education?educational framework that focuses on inquiry-based learning (asking questions and searching for answers)encourages a learning process that emphasizes natural curiosity and making connectionsstudents are taught to understand that learning is about asking questions and seeking answers, which may lead to new, more complex questions!local curriculum is organized into the PYP frameworktransdisciplinary approach to learning (integrating subjects when appropriate)
4 Who is the PYP for?inclusive education – all children in the school are part of the PYP, regardless of their learning needsaddresses academic, social, and emotional well-being of every childencourages students to develop independence and take responsibility for their own learning
5 What is a typical PYP day? some direct instruction in reading, writing, and mathunits of inquiry, with a main focus on science, social studies, fine arts, and/or health and careersFrench language instruction twice a weekon-going assessment and reflection, by teachers and students (no external IB exams)group-work and individual workdaily physical activity
6 PYP Learner Profileaim of the PYP is to develop internationally minded students who help to create a better and more peaceful worldtraits of the learner profile are:inquirers open-mindedknowledgeable caringthinkers risk-takerscommunicators balancedprincipled reflective
7 PYP Written Curriculum knowledge: significant, relevant contentconcepts: powerful ideas that have subject significance but also connect to other curricular areasskills: transdiciplinary capabilities students need to succeed in a changing, challenging worldattitudes: expressions of fundamental values, beliefs, and feelings about learning, the environment and peopleaction: demonstrations of deeper learning through responsible action
8 Knowledge: (Transdisciplinary Themes) units of inquiry are planned under six transdisciplinary themes, which repeat each year:Who we areWhere we are in place and timeHow we express ourselvesHow the world worksHow we organize ourselvesHow We Share the planet
9 Key Concepts: form: What is it like? concepts shape the units of inquiry and give them direction and purpose: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?
10 Concept-based Learning: instructional focus is on concepts rather than themes or topics, and is expressed through a central idea:Rather than:Memorize and locate the rivers, bodies of water, and mountains in British Columbia. Inquire into:Geographic features may determine where humans settle.Rather than:Research bear facts: types of bears, what they eat and where they live.Inquire into:Animal habitats are affected by human behaviour.
11 Skills: (Approaches to Learning) students are given opportunities to develop transdisciplinary skills needed for academic and personal success:thinking skillssocial skillscommunication skillsself-management skillsresearch skills
12 Attitudes: appreciation empathy commitment enthusiasm students are encouraged to develop the following attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning:appreciation empathycommitment enthusiasmconfidence independencecooperation integritycreativity respectcuriosity tolerance
13 Action:something students choose to do as a result of their experiences, because it is important to themstudents, staff, and families are encouraged to use a cyclical process, called the Action Cycleby reflecting on learning, social situations, and behavioral issues, students can make a choice and take action