IB PYP FAQs

What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)?
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework for young learners aged 3 –12 designed by the International Baccalaureate. Founded on a philosophy that recognizes a child’s natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect, the PYP generates a stimulating, challenging learning environment to nurture those assets and foster a lifelong love of learning in every child. The PYP is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas. 

Does the IB PYP have a specific set of standards?
In the IB PYP, students learn about significant concepts through units of inquiry. The six transdisciplinary themes that guide units of inquiry and compose a year of study 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.

Units of inquiry interweave subject areas such as mathematics, language arts, science and social studies. This approach encourages students to make their own connections between what they learn in core subject areas and how it relates to the world around them.

What are the advantages of an IB education?

  • IB World Schools (the only schools authorized to offer IB programmes) are subject to a strict accreditation process monitored by the IB, ensuring that schools provide a high-quality education.
  • IB teaching methods and curriculums are research-based and draw from the best educational practices from systems around the world.
  • IB teachers are required to participate in many professional development opportunities to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and new thinking.
  • IB students develop a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it.
  • IB programmes are recognized internationally and ease the educational transitions of mobile students so that their education is not adversely affected if their families relocate.

Do IB PYP teachers receive special training?
All IB PYP teachers receive professional development in IB’s approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the PYP.

Is IB PYP considered “gifted” programme?
The IB PYP is implemented in the Junior School and adapted by teachers to meet the learning needs of all students. All PYP teachers are required to participate in collaborative planning and reflection to make their teaching practices consistent and to foster a holistic approach to education. A growing body of evidence suggests a positive relationship between teacher collaboration and student achievement.

What about the Australian Curriculum?
The learning program at the Scots Junior School has been designed to engage students in learning that is relevant, challenging and significant. As an International Baccalaureate Candidate School our philosophy and approach is based on the teaching and learning principles of guided inquiry, development of globally significant conceptual understandings, collaborative learning, differentiation and assessment for learning. Through the PYP framework, we incorporate the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework requirements.

Have studies been done on the impact of the IB PYP?
The IB PYP places great value on external validation of its programmes, curriculums, and professional development. A recent Global International Schools’ Assessment study found that IB PYP students outperformed non-IB students in mathematics, reading, and writing.

How can I learn more about the IB PYP?
Visit the IB website at www.ibo.org
Attend school meetings and events
Speak with your school’s IB PYP coordinator
Speak with your child’s IB PYP classroom teacher

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