IB Primary Years Program

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) is the framework for the organization of the curriculum. The PYP is driven by concept acquisition and is inquiry-based. Students explore topics in mathematics; science and technology; languages; social studies; arts; and personal, social, and physical education. All students in the Primary School study and explore these areas in two languages.

In working out answers, children build skills such as reading, reasoning, researching, and communicating. Sensitive to the age appropriateness of tasks and activities in class, teachers work to ensure that children develop these skills while gaining self-confidence and independence. Teachers seek to instill a depth of understanding so students can become independent and lifelong learners.

Along with strong academics, WIS concentrates on developing the whole child. The PYP promotes positive attitudes and good character. We emphasize traits such as respect, tolerance, integrity, and confidence and encourage students to reflect, choose wisely, and act responsibly with other children and their teachers, as well as in the wider community. Weekly morning meetings, or assemblies, allow children and teachers to explore our learner profile by transforming words into actions. 

As a culminating and collaborative activity of the PYP, Grade 5 students design and execute a whole-class project, including written work, oral presentations, technology, and art performances and projects. The Grade 5 Exhibition challenges students to analyze and propose solutions to real-world issues, drawing from what they have learned during their PYP years. 

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