International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)
FIS was a founding member of the International Baccalaureate and was the second school worldwide to receive authorization to teach the IBPYP curriculum.
The Primary Years Programme is transdisciplinary in nature, teaching important concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes through integrated units of inquiry and stand-alone core subject teaching. FIS currently has six IBPYP workshop leaders on faculty.
How is the curriculum developed?
The PYP holds regular meetings to which authorized schools send representatives. These representatives serve on curriculum committees, which develop curriculum for individual subjects within the context of the central PYP framework. Since the early stages of its development, the PYP has also worked closely with consultants and teacher trainers from different national systems.
What will my child be learning?
The curriculum framework consists of five essential elements: concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action. The knowledge component is developed through inquiries into six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, supported and balanced by six subject areas. At FIS, your child will:
- develop a deep understanding of important concepts
- conduct research into knowledge which has local and global significance
- acquire and practice a range of essential skills
- be encouraged to develop positive attitudes towards learning, the environment and other people
- have the opportunity for involvement in responsible action and social service.
How will I know how my child is doing?The PYP promotes the use of a range of assessment strategies, which are designed to give a clear picture of your child’s progress. At FIS, progress is reported to you regularly, both orally and in writing. You are encouraged to play an active role in supporting your child’s learning.
How can I support my child's learning?The PYP sees learning as a partnership between student, parent and school. You can help your child by:
- maintaining regular contact with the school
- sharing books with your child
- supporting your child’s mother tongue development
- assisting your child with research projects
- attending curriculum information sessions at school and parent/teacher conferences
- providing an appropriate setting and structured routine for homework.
Will the PYP help my child fit into another school?
Although no school or curriculum can guarantee a perfect fit when children transfer, particularly to a school in a different country, parents may be reassured by the following points.
Transfer to schools following a national curriculum
- The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems and on a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.
- After an initial adjustment period, students transferring from international schools usually have no trouble with the standards of national schools.
- Students in other schools implementing the PYP curriculum will have common learning experiences in terms of conceptual development, skill acquisition, positive attitudes and meaningful action. There will be less uniformity of specific content in certain areas, since schools will naturally wish to reflect the unique nature of their own locations.
- The PYP is working toward agreement on a common set of assessment, recording and reporting strategies, which will facilitate the transfer of students.
What can I do if I still have questions?
Please speak with your child’s homeroom teacher or with the PYP coordinator for the campus where your child is currently based.
Additionally, we encourage you to attend other Parent Forums throughout the year to learn more about specific aspects of the curriculum, such as literacy development and assessment procedures.