Essential Elements of the PYP
When we think of school, we often think of subjects like math, science, or reading. These subjects all a part of the PYP model, but the focus moves beyond just content to building well-rounded individuals who can contribute to their local and global communities. The key components of the PYP curriculum framework are Knowledge (through the subjects), Conceptual Understandings, Skills (Approaches to Learning), and Action and Engagement.
There are six transdisciplinary themes students will investigate throughout the school year. These themes are globally significant and cover concepts that are interconnected, can be addressed in all disciplines (subjects), and can be applied to real life.
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
There are seven key concepts that drive instructions through inquiry, questions, and investigation.
Form - What is it like?
Function - How does it work?
Causation - Why is it how it is?
Change - How is it transforming?
Connection - How is it linked to other things?
Perspective – What are the points of view?
Responsibility – What are our obligations?
Skills (Approaches to Learning)
There are five transdisciplinary skills and associated subskills students develop as they involve themselves in the learning environment:
Action and Engagement
Students are encouraged to reflect, to make informed choices and to take action that will help their peers, school staff, and the wider community. These are student initiated responses to what they are exploring and learning about themselves and the world in which they live. Demonstrations of action include participation, advocacy, social justice,
social entrepreneurship, or lifestyle choices.