The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers a curricular framework which fosters the growth of internationally-minded people. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the transdisciplinary curriculum designed for learners aged 3-12. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.
The PYP can be adopted by any school in any place in the world. It does not need to have an international student body.
|Organizing Structure for the PYP Programme
|What, You Might Ask, Are Units of Inquiry?
The philosophy at the heart of the PYP is a commitment to structured inquiry as an ideal approach to learning. Teachers and students are guided by a series of basic questions as they design curricular units for exploration and study. Ideas of local and global significance reveal concerns shared by people of all nations.At each grade level, six transdisciplinary themes are explored through specially selected, globally significant Units of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet, Who We Are, How We Organize Ourselves, Where We Are in Place and Time, How the World Works, and How We Express Ourselves.
Each Unit of Inquiry has a central idea, which is expressed in one or two sentences. For example, a class studying human dwellings may use as its central idea, “Humans’ shelter reflects their needs and the surrounding environment.”
Grade 5 Units