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IB Primary Years Programme: PYP

Taihu International School became an IB World School, authorized to offer the PYP in June 2009. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years and may be taught in any language. At Taihu International School the language of instruction is English. The curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, in the classroom but also in the world outside, through other environments where children learn. It offers a framework that meets children’s several needs: academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural. The programme combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge from international schools.

The Programme of Inquiry

The PYP is committed to structured inquiry. This forms the basis of the schools Programme of Inquiry, the framework for the PYP within our school. Students explore subject disciplines through transdisciplinary themes that are designed to challenge them.

The transdisciplinary themes are:
  • Who we are

  • Where we are in place and time

  • How we express ourselves

  • How the world works

  • How we organize ourselves

  • Sharing the planet

The programme of inquiry strives for a balance within the curriculum ensuring that five essential elements of learning are addressed
  • The understanding of concepts

  • The acquisition of essential knowledge

  • The acquisition of skills

  • The development of attitudes

  • The opportunity for positive action

Units of Inquiry

Within the programme each year group investigates 4 – 6 units of inquiry in a year, depending on the age of the children. These units are transdisciplinary and engage the children in their own learning. The units range from Choices in Nutrition to Families and Friends, and contain a variety of subject disciplines.

For further information on the PrimaryYears Programme please log onto: www.ibo.org

or feel free to contact Ms Judy Imamudeen, PYP Coordinator, in person at Taihu International School or by e-mail at pypcoord@tis-wuxi.com