INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME) (1 - GRADE V) (5-10)
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 5-10 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. The IB PYP is guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, students deepen their learning by developing their conceptual understandings, strengthening their knowledge and skills across and beyond subject areas.
The International Baccalaurreate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is supported by six transdisciplinary themes around
which learning is planned. These are:
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission to create a better world through education. IB programmes for students aged 5 to 19 help develop their intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world.
At AGS we offer the IB PYP (Primary Year Programme)
IB WorId 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.
Aims of the IB Programme
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalureate currently works with schools in 144 countries to develop and offer their
programmes to over one million students.
The IB Mission declares : “The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intelcultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international educationl 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'’
Primary Years Programme - PYP
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) at AGS, for students aged 5-10 focuses on the development of the whole child, addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, while giving students a strong foundation in all of the major areas of knowledge. Through the PYP, children become aware of and sensitive to the points of view of people in other parts of the world.
We offer the PYP for students in grades 1-5 (aged 5-10). The programme focuses on the development of the whole child. It is geared towards creating independent, confident and respectful learners.
Our classroom curriculum addresses the children’s social, physical, cultural and ethical development while giving them a strong foundation in all the major areas of knowledge.
The core subjects we cover include English, language, mathematics, social studies, science and technology. Our programme also includes a beginning computing course, physical education, music, art and Robotics.
Students and teachers explore questions in all subject areas using an interactive, student-centered approach. The knowledge element of the curriculum is enhanced by six themes that are studies across the various subject disciplines. These are:
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organise ourselves
Sharing the planet
These transdisciplinary themes of global significance are addressed through six units of inquiry at each grade level, and this forms the school’s programme of inquiry. The programme of inquiry is the conceptual cirrculum framework for the PYP. The transdiciplinary themes ensure that they are”revisited throughout the students’years of PYP so that they are immersed in broad ranging, in-depth, articulated curriculum content” (making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education).
The PYP develops well-rounded students who are well versed in all areas of knowledge. They learn to be intellectually curious, principled, caring, open-minded, well balanced and reflective learners.