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The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
St Peter’s Anglican Primary School became a candidate school, to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/primary-years-programme in early 2017, as a framework to deliver the outcomes and content set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

This framework supports our teachers in delivering an integrated (transdisciplinary) curriculum, allowing opportunities for students to make relevant connections within their learning. For 2017, our current programming focuses on integrating the learning areas of Science, Human Society and its Environment (including History and Geography) and the health component of Personal Development, Health and Education. Where a natural fit occurs, aspects of Mathematics, English and Creative Arts may also be included in designing transdisciplinary units of work.

The Programme is based on extensive research into how children aged 3 - 12 best learn, and is designed around the concept of guided inquiry. Throughout the inquiry process, students learn, and continue to build upon, the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for independent learning. This programme also encourages students to become age appropriate, global citizens who desire to act in making our world a better place.

The PYP framework is an excellent structure for our school to continue to provide outstanding Christian education, as students inquire into the world around them and learn to appreciate God’s amazing creation and the plan He has for each of us.

The IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations 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 IB Learner Profile

  • IB learners strive to be:
    - Inquirers
    - Knowledgeable
    - Thinkers
    - Communicators
    - Principled
    - Open-minded
    - Caring
    - Risk takers
    - Balanced
    - Reflective

The Transdisciplinary Themes
The six transdisciplinary themes unifies the curriculum delivered at our school and allows students of all cultures and backgrounds to participate equally. Knowledge and skills are continuously built upon through these six themes as students progress on their learning journey. 

- 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

The Transdisciplinary Skills
To support learning within the themes listed above, as well as preparing them for the future, students will build upon the following skills:
- Thinking skills
- Social skills
- Communication skills
- Self-management skills
- Research skills

The PYP Attitudes
PYP students strive to demonstrate:
- Appreciation
- Commitment
- Confidence
- Cooperation
- Creativity
- Curiosity
- Empathy
- Enthusiasm
- Independence
- Integrity
- Respect
- Tolerance

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