IB Primary Years Programme

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The Scots School Albury is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that The Scots School Albury believes is important for our students.

The International Baccalaureate encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

In the PYP, each child is active – they ask questions, they are empowered, and learning is hands-on. At Scots, your child will feel in control of their learning.

We use ‘structured inquiry’ – our teachers have a broader purpose in mind, they support students through experiences to help them gain knowledge, skills and understanding.

The knowledge and skills from the NSW curriculum underpins learning at Scots. Through the PYP framework, this learning is presented in a more dynamic way with students engaging in units of inquiry that incorporate learning from a variety of traditional subject areas.

Through the PYP, children learn from real-life experiences – for example, when students were learning about how we organise ourselves they adopted the role of a city planner to design an effective transportation system for a specific community. When learning about sharing the planet, students became eco-tour guides who lead tourists through a particular ecosystem educating them about the impact of humans and promoting sustainable practices.

With the PYP, your child won’t be stifled or bored – instead they will be engaged, motivated and passionate.

Some people describe how the role of teachers has changed over time as this: from sage on the stage, to scribe on the side, now to meddler in the middle – and that’s where our teachers are – right in the thick of it.

“It’s about balance – at this age, children are still developing their sense of self. Being exposed to so many opportunities helps them work out what they like and what they are good at. Many parents wish they had had these opportunities!” Mr Nick Martin, Head of Junior School.

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Further information:
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms
Lynne Erikson on the power of concept based learning (central to PYP thinking)

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