Lisa-Junior Primary School is an IB-World School for the Primary Years Programme since May 2014. IB-World schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Lisa-Junior Primary School believes is important for our students.
In September 2008 we started to teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is designed for students between 3 and 12 years. It is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encloses social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.
The Primary Years Program (PYP) is an international framework for curriculum. It is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12. The program focuses on the total growth of the developing child, affecting hearts as well as minds and addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare. The PYP is based on research about best teaching practices from all over the world and provides a relevant and engaging educational program.
Aims of the Programme
Aims of PYP are expressed as a series of desired attributes and attitudes that characterize successful students. These globally minded young people are:
|Inquirers||Their natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning, and the love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.|
|Thinkers||They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills, critically and creatively to make sound decisions and solve complex problems.|
|Communicators||They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.|
|Risk-takers||They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.|
|Knowledgeable||They have spent time in our schools exploring themes that have global relevance and importance. In so doing, they have acquired a sound base of significant knowledge.|
|Principled||They have a sound grasp of principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty, and a sense of fairness and justice.|
|Caring||They show sensitivity toward the needs and feelings of others. They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.|
|Open-minded||They respect the views, values, and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seek and consider a range of viewpoints.|
|Well-balanced||They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.|
|Reflective||They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyse their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.|
In the PYP a balance is sought between acquistion of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking of responsible action.
Concepts and conceptual questions drive the way we teach and learn in a transdisciplinary context. Traditional subject areas of language, mathematics, science, social studies, art, personal, social and physical education supported by the use of IC are all taught and practised through units of inquiry.
Key concepts are expressed as questions:
- form (what is it like?)
- function (how does it work?)
- causation (why is it like it is?)
- change (how is it changing?)
- connection (how is it connected to other things)
- perspective (what are the points of view?)
- responsibility (what is our responsibility?)
These are acquired through approaches to inquiry based learning.They are the skills of thinking, communication, social, research and self-management.
We describe the attitudes of international mindedness in and through our school values. Students develop attitudes of appreciation, cooperation, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance.
The body of significant and relevant subject matter we wish students to explore and know about. The traditional subject disciplines are addressed in an integrated programme of inquiry arranged in six transdisciplinary themes. These themes provide the main structure for the school´s framework of content or Programme of Inquiry.
Demonstrations of positive action and service. Students are encouraged to reflect, choose wisely and to act responsibly with their peers, school staff and in the wider community.The action component culminates in the PYP exhibition.
PROGRAMME OF INQUIRY