International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP)

Candidacy Stage

Saltwater P-9 College is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted

What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)?

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), is the first curriculum framework for international primary schools, designed for students ages three to ten (grades preschool through five). Through both the curriculum and teaching it aims to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical potential of each child, in a secure and stimulating environment.

International perspective: A driving force behind the PYP is the philosophy of international mindedness. The IB’s mission statement strives to nurture young people who recognize that they are global citizens and who are motivated to make changes to and in the world.

Integrated: the subject areas of maths, language, science, social studies, information technology, the arts, physical education and library are taught through transdisciplinary themes in order to help students make connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning.

Individualised: Teaching and Learning is differentiated for student needs. Students are asked to make connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world. These connections contribute to the development of the attitudes that contribute to international mindedness.

The PYP fosters the development of thinking, communication, socializing, research and self-management skills. Students are encouraged to put what they have learned into practice through service to the school community, the local community and the global community.

The PYP provides a curriculum framework of 5 essential elements

Knowledge – content in math, language, social studies, science and the arts

Concepts – important ideas that have universal significance regardless of time or place within and across disciplines. Concepts are presented in the forms of questions that drive the inquiry.

Skills – specific capabilities in thinking, social interactions, communication, self-management, and research

Attitudes – dispositions, values, beliefs and feelings towards learning

Action – Making changes to and in the world.

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