Why Choose the IB Primary Years Programme?

What are the benefits of choosing an IB school in Singapore that offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP)? WhichSchoolAdvisor speaks to PYP co-ordinators at Chatsworth International School, One World International School (Nanyang) and GEMS World Academy (Singapore) to find out…
Why Choose the IB Primary Years Programme?
By Carli Allan
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How does the PYP differ from the UK National Curriculum at primary level?

Chatsworth: The PYP advocates for an inquiry-based curriculum where the child independently explores deep conceptual questions across a range of transdisciplinary units. The PYP believes in the child as a responsible learner, an agent of their own learning, driving their understandings and skill development forward.

Teaching and learning in the PYP is not a passive, top down process. The child is at the centre of their learning, developing and using a range of broad transdisciplinary skills to equip them for a successful and confident transition into secondary school and adult life.

OWIS: The different curricula of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all standards-based. This means that there are particular learning objectives to be covered in each year of learning. The PYP is a framework, rather than a curriculum, which allows concept-driven learning to take place.

The IB PYP is also planned from a more global perspective, yet local and global initiatives underpin what is taught. It is much more flexible and less rigid, with a lot more emphasis on service and humanitarian issues. Students can take ownership of their own learning under the guidance of their teachers. At OWIS, we underpin our PYP framework with the objectives from the English National Curriculum, which allows us to teach in the way that we believe is best for deep and meaningful learning (using the PYP), but gives us a clear benchmark for standards.

GEMS: The UK National Curriculum is a standards-based curriculum which requires students to meet predetermined benchmarks at each grade level or key stage. While there are definite merits to this system, the Primary Years Programme offers greater flexibility for students as they are able to learn according to their own pace and level of understanding. Essentially, the fundamentals of education will be taught in both the UK National Curriculum and the Primary Years Programme. However, the way in which the content is delivered will differ.

Next: What are the main subjects covered in your PYP?

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