Walking into the Primary Years Programme (PYP) building at KIS gives a sense of wonder, excitement and discovery. At KIS International School in Bangkok we follow the International Baccalaureate curriculum, which enables students to be inquisitive, caring, life-long learners.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) has been specifically designed for students aged 3 - 12 years. This internationally recognized programme provides students with the opportunity to learn and explore through the use of inquiry, promoting an academically challenging curriculum which fosters international mindedness thus making it the ideal curriculum for our students. This section provides an overview of the PYP.
Primary Years Programme (PYP) Overview
The IB PYP focuses on the growth of the whole child, encompassing the academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of all students. The PYP provides an international curriculum consisting of 5 essential elements developed to ensure students are engaged in a holistic programme that nurtures, challenges and supports all aspects of learning. The essential elements include:
The PYP promotes learning through inquiry; by developing and asking questions structured around key concepts, students research answers, pose and solve problems and engage in meaningful learning experiences that promote the acquisition of knowledge. The PYP also supports the development of a wide range of skills as an essential part of the curriculum, enabling students to be effective life-long learners and succeed in a challenging world. Positive attitudes towards learning, the environment and the people around us are viewed as being essential to student success in an ever changing world. Taking action offers children the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the real world.
The academically challenging curriculum has been developed around three key questions:
What do we want students to learn?
- a written set of student skills and expectations, learning outcomes and concepts for each subject area
How best will they learn?
- teaching and learning strategies that promote inquiry, encourage student ownership of their learning, support best educational practice and cater to the learning needs of all students ensuring student success
How will we know what they have learned?
- the use of effective and authentic assessment practices that monitor individual student progress and guide future planning and learning experiences.