Primary Years Programme
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Summit Cove Elementary is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School
Below is some information to help you better understand the International Baccalaureate and the Primary Years Programme (PYP)
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.
The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.
Often traditional education systems sacrifice significant ideas and deeper understanding for the memorization of isolated facts. The search for understanding is central to the PYP; however this does not rule out the recognition of developing skills. Our goal is to guide students to develop a deeper understanding while at the same time acquiring and applying skills.
The Action Cycle
The Action Cycle at Summit Cove is used to recognize our students that take their education into their own hands. Through the action cycle the students are able to grow both personally & socially as learners. They
Why include the Learner Profile as an essential element in the PYP?
While recognizing the importance of concepts, knowledge and skills, the PYP believes that these alone do not make an internationally educated person. The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Time Line for Summit Cove Units of Inquiry
Each grade level has six (other than Preschool which has four) units of inquiry that integrate our district, state, and national learning standards. Teachers provide students the opportunity to become life-long learners and promote international-mindedness through the structured, guided, and open inquiry in these units.
IB and PYP Terms for Parents
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IB – International Baccalaureate (formally known as IBO): A global network of schools, educators, students and parents whose mission is “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who can help create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
PYP – Primary Years Program: A transdiciplinary framework of international education for students ages 3-12 designed to foster the development of the whole child.
POI: Program of Inquiry: A collaboratively-developed framework for inquiry, with the purpose of allowing students to explore six universal themes of knowledge, which forms the core of a school’s curriculum. Those themes are: Who We Are, Where We Are In Place and Time, How the World Works, How We Express Ourselves, How We Organize Ourselves and Sharing the Planet.
Curriculum: In an IB school “curriculum is all those student activities, academic and non-academic, for which a school takes responsibility, since they all have an impact on student learning.” The curriculum of an IB school consists of three interrelated parts: the written, learned and taught curriculum.”
Units of Inquiry: Units of study, structured around a conceptual “central idea”.
Central Idea: An enduring understanding that integrates conceptual understanding and factual knowledge. Example: The survival of living things relies on understanding and maintaining a reciprocal relationship between living and non-living things.
Lines of Inquiry: These clarify the central idea and define the scope of a PYP unit of inquiry.
PYP Planner: A document, provided by the IB, that teachers must use to collaboratively plan and reflect upon PYP units of inquiry.
Learner Profile: A set of attributes with universal value across cultures, which define an internationally-minded student and graduate of an IB school.
Essential Elements of the PYP: Knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action that foster development of the whole child and form the PYP written curriculum.
Concepts: Mental constructs or “frames of mind” that is universal, timeless, abstract and transferable. These powerful ideas must be explored and re-explored in order to develop deep understanding. Form, function, causation, connection, change, perspective, responsibility and reflection are the key concepts.
Related Concepts: Concepts which are contained under the PYP Key Concepts and are more specific to certain subject areas. They include things such as systems, innovation, freedom, patterns, design, to name just a few.
Transdiciplinary: Broad knowledge, skills, and understanding that transcend the boundaries of traditional subject areas and yet can be applied to learning within any of them.
Transdiciplinary Skills: Broad groups of skills which can be applied within and across all subject areas. These include thinking skills, research skills, communication skills, self management skills, and social skills.
Transdiciplinary Themes: Universal themes, with relevance within and across the traditional subject areas, and within and across cultures that define the body of lasting knowledge valued in a PYP school.