Primary Years
Programme (PYP)

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 — 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning


Primary Years Programme at Bloomingdale

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a concept based, inquiry-driven curriculum framework. The PYP strives for a balance between the search for understanding, the acquisition of essential knowledge and approaches to learning (skills), the development of positive attitudes and the opportunity for impactful action.

In terms of achieving this balance, the PYP emphasizes four components:

Concepts – Powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which learners must explore and re-explore in order to deepen understanding

Approaches to learning – Skills the learners need to be able to succeed in a changing, challenging world such as thinking, research, social, communication and self-management skills.

Knowledge – Significant, relevant, subject matter.

Action – Taking positive action within and beyond our community.

Agency - Developing the capacity through skills and mindset to make a difference. At Bloomingdale, we unleash student agency through providing choices in their learning engagements, ensuring their voice is heard and incorporated in designing their learning pathways, and setting and tracking personal learning goals to develop ownership of their learning journey.

The PYP programme model shows all the elements that combine to form the coherent curriculum framework.

Learners in the BIS

The Primary Years Programme at BIS

1. Create a Lifelong Love for Learning

By inculcating in its learners, a desire to learn, a natural curiosity about the world, and develop the skills they need to ask questions and seek answers through research and inquiry.

2. Build Responsible Citizens – Who Share and Care

By developing an understanding of social problems so that students can emerge as caring and responsible citizens.

3. Equip Students with Critical 21st Century Skills

By teaching them the tools for success in work and life – thinking, research, communication, self-management and social skills.

4. Instil Global Cultural Perspectives

By developing an appreciation and understanding of one’s own, as well as other cultures to become internationally-minded citizens.

5. Encourage a Proactive Approach

By enabling children to develop their voice and take charge of their own learning and development.

1. Learning through Play

In the early years, children learn through play and experiential hands-on techniques.

2. Grasping Concepts while Gaining Knowledge

A curriculum based on concept-driven units of inquiry inculcates a balance between knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and action.

3. Teaching through an Inquiry-based Transdisciplinary approach

Inquiry-based learning creates a curriculum framework that is integrated across disciplines.

4. Catering to Individual Needs

Teaching is differentiated to meet the particular needs of each different individual. In addition to academics, a 3600 holistic approach is used to understanding each student and in providing experiences that cater to each student’s personal, social and physical growth. Multi-faceted co-curricular activities as part of regular teaching help foster holistic all-round development.

1. Teachers Learn too

Teachers receive ample opportunities for professional development and growth. Teachers across the section collaborate and interact to integrate subjects, achieve shared learning goals and co-design learning strategies for each individual.

2. Parent involvement

Parents partner with the school as resource persons and facilitators to enhance and support the learning environment for all students.

3. A Single Framework across Disciplines

Inquiry-based learning creates a curriculum framework that is integrated across disciplines.

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