What is the International Baccalaureate?
An International Baccalaureate (IB) school offers high quality programs of international education.
There are four IB programs: Diploma Program (DP), The Career-related Certificate (IBCC), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Primary Years Program (PYP) running in schools for different student age groups.
Each program includes: a curriculum and pedagogy; student assessment appropriate to the age range; professional development for teachers; and a process of school authorization and evaluation.
IB World Schools cooperate in curriculum development, student assessment and the governance of the IB. This makes it a unique international collaboration.
What is the Primary Years Program?
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12 years of age. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. This is undertaken through; the way we teach, what we teach and each student’s ability to understand themselves as a learner.
At Mount Eliza North Primary School we encompass the PYP and the Australian curriculum within all our curriculum planning and documentation.
The Primary Years Program in Action
This program works to develop the whole child and builds within students the passion for learning and a sense of citizenship.
In the Primary Years Program, teachers and students generate questions with which to conduct inquiry into significant content. Through this inquiry process, students gain essential knowledge and skills as well as a positive attitude to learning by making many of their own decisions.
Through the PYP at Mount Eliza North Primary School, children take action by:
The Primary Years Program at Mount Eliza North Primary school allows students to participate in large, transdisciplinary units each year, called Units of Inquiry (UOI). Each of these units:
Is a significant, relevant and challenging learning experience
Builds on the prior knowledge of the students
Requires students to engage in positive action
Integrates diverse subject areas whenever meaningful and appropriate.
Through these Units of Inquiry, the classroom becomes a centre of structured inquiry through which students acquire and practice skills and build new knowledge.
These units are outlined in our school-wide Program of Inquiry (POI) and are carefully designed to build from one year to the next as a student progresses through the school.
To meet the program goals, the PYP emphasises five essential elements: Knowledge, Concepts, Skills, Attitudes and Action.