1. What grade/s is the PYP programme being offered at NWPS?
On the first year of the programme (2017/18) the IB PYP will be offered exclusively to Kg 1 and optionally to KG 2- Grade 3.
The first IB Generation to enroll in the IB programme at NWPS for the academic tear 2017/18 will receive a 45% discount on their tuition fees until they graduate from the school.
MOE & the IB curriculum will be offered to KG2 to Grade 3 students.
Parents can select the curriculum they choose for their children. It’s very important to clearly explain to parents that the MOE curriculum will be gradually phased out on an annual basis from Grade 4 onwards..
2. What is the Primary Years Programme?
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for young learners aged 3–12 designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Founded on a philosophy that recognizes a child’s natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect, the PYP generates a stimulating, challenging learning environment to nurture those assets and foster a lifelong love of learning in every child. The PYP, like all IB programmes, is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas..
3. Does the PYP have a specific set of standards?
In the PYP, students learn about significant concepts through units of inquiry. The six transdisciplinary themes that guide units of inquiry and compose a year of study are:
Units of inquiry interweave subject areas such as mathematics, language arts, science and social studies. This approach encourages students to make their own connections between what they learn in core subject areas and how it relates to the world around them. The school outlines its specific knowledge content and academic curriculum, guided by the following five essential elements:
4. What are the advantages of an IB education?
5. Do IB teachers receive special training?
All PYP teachers receive professional development in IB’s approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the PYP.
6. Are IB programmes considered “gifted” programmes?
The PYP is implemented schoolwide and adapted by teachers to meet the learning needs of all students. In most cases, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) is also a schoolwide program. All PYP teachers are required to participate in collaborative planning and reflection to make their teaching practices consistent and to foster a holistic approach to education. A growing body of evidence suggests a positive relationship between teacher collaboration and student
7. Does implementing an IB programme mean my child’s school will not teach local or national standards such as the Common Core?
The IB is committed to making sure that students in IB programmes meet and exceed local or national standards. With the implementation of any IB programme, schools are required to examine their curriculum carefully to ensure that there is alignment with local, state or national standards. More information on the IB and the Common Core is available at www.ibo.org.
8. Have studies been done on the impact of the PYP?
The IB places great value on external validation of its programmes, curriculums and professional development. A recent Global International Schools’ Assessment study found that PYP students outperformed non-IB students in mathematics, reading and writing. Additional studies on programme impact, quality assurance, programme development and assessment research are available at www.ibo.org/research.
9. When do students start and finish the PYP? When do they transition to the MYP?
The PYP is designed for students aged 3–12 (preschool and primary grades). The MYP spans students aged 11–16, and the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) is for the last two years of highschool, students aged 16–19.
10. How can I learn more about the IB and PYP?