Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Curriculum

International Baccalaureate PYP

Learning in the Primary Years

The focus from the Early Learning Centre (three and four year-olds) to Year 6 is on the growth of the developing child. The International Baccalaureate Organization’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), an international, transdisciplinary program, is the main vehicle through which this development is fostered.

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PYP strives for a balance between:

  • The search for understanding
  • The acquisition of essential knowledge and skills
  • The development of positive attitudes, and
  • The opportunity for positive action

Within our Early Childhood Learning Centres, we offer interactive activities and experiences that encourage a child’s self-esteem and positive attitudes to learning. The PYP is implemented through the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach to education, which views children as active learners, who acquire knowledge and refine understandings through inquiry based learning.

From Prep to Year 6, the comprehensive program of inquiry plays a critical role in the development of the knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes for each child.

Core skills and knowledge are also developed in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science and Technology
  • Languages other than English
  • Physical Education
  • Health
  • Library
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Dance and Drama.

However, it is recognised that educating students in a set of isolated subject areas, while necessary, is not sufficient. Of equal importance is the need to acquire skills in context, and to explore content that is relevant to students, and transcrends the boundaries of the traditional subjects. A set of six transdisciplinary themes have been developed and they are considered essential in the context of a programme that focuses on local, national and international perspectives and content.

The six transdisciplinary themes are:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we oragnise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet