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IB PYP

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an educational programme managed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for students aged 3 to 12.
IB PYP
Country of Origin: Switzerland
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The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an educational programme managed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for students aged 3 to 12.

The PYP:

  • addresses students’ academic needs and their social and emotional well-being
  • encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • supports students’ effort to gain understanding of the world and to function effectively within it
  • helps students to establish personal values as a foundation on which international-mindedness will flourish.

While the programme prepares students for the IB Middle Years Programme, it is not a prerequisite for it, in the same way the Middle Years Programme is not a prerequisite to sit the IB Diploma. In fact IB Continuum schools (that go through IB PYP to MYP to DP) are exceptions rather than the rule.

The IB is a framework more than a curriculum and is less prescriptive than other "curricula", for example the Early Years Foundation Stage that underpins UK primary education. This applies to both teaching methods, and to content.

The philosophy of the PYP is to make the students into "inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective".

 

 

The PYP is however underpinned by six 'transdisciplinary' themes around which learning is planned.

These 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.

Subject areas of the PYP include language, social studies, mathematics, science and technology, arts, and personal, social and physical education. Students are required to learn a second language during the programme.

Themes are selected for their relevance to the real world and are used to help teachers develop a programme of inquiry. Teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a substantial and high level of involvement on the part of students. 

 

 

 

35 UAE Schools offering IB PYP

School name Community City
Ajman Academy Muwaihat Ajman
Al Bateen Academy Al Manaseer Abu Dhabi
Ambassador International Academy Al Quoz Dubai
American International School Abu Dhabi Al Reehan Abu Dhabi
Australian School of Abu Dhabi Shakhbout City Abu Dhabi
Dar Al Marefa Mirdif Dubai
Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills Dubai
Dubai International Academy Al Barsha Al Barsha 1 Dubai
Dwight School Dubai Al Barsha South Dubai
Emirates International School Jumeirah Umm Suqeim Dubai
Emirates International School Meadows The Meadows Dubai
Emirates National School Abu Dhabi (Primary campus) Al Manaseer Abu Dhabi
Emirates National School Al Ain Towaya Abu Dhabi
Emirates National School Al Nahyan (Secondary) Al Nahyan Abu Dhabi
Emirates National School Mohammed Bin Zayed City Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Emirates National School Ras Al Khaimah Al Thaid Ras al-Khaimah
Emirates National School Sharjah Al Rahmaniyah Sharjah
Fairgreen International School The Sustainable City Dubai Dubai
GEMS American Academy Khalifa City A Abu Dhabi
GEMS International School Al Khail Dubai Hills Estate Dubai
GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi Al Danah Abu Dhabi
GEMS World Academy Dubai Al Barsha Dubai
Greenfield International School Dubai Investments Park Dubai
International Concept for Education Meydan Dubai
Jumeira Baccalaureate School Jumeirah 1 Dubai
New World School Private Dubai Al Twar Dubai
North London Collegiate School Dubai Sobha Hartland Dubai
Raffles World Academy Umm Suqeim Dubai
Raha International School, Gardens, Abu Dhabi Khalifa City A Abu Dhabi
Raha International School, Khalifa City Khalifa City Abu Dhabi
RAK Academy Dafan Al Khor Ras al-Khaimah
Solomon International School Dubai Production City Dubai
Swiss International Scientific School Dubai Dubai Healthcare City Phase 2 Dubai
Universal American School Festival City Dubai
Uptown School Mirdif Dubai

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