The current curriculum used in the Primary School is the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) which uses a transdisciplinary inquiry approach. WIS started implementing the PYP in 2008 and was authorized in 2010. 

How does the PYP work? 

The PYP is a curriculum designed for students (ages 3-12). Its main purpose is to develop the attributes and traits as identified in the IB learner profile – developing international mindedness. Students are encouraged to develop the learner profile through all experiences at school such as whole class, group and independent activities; social interaction at school extending into everyday life. Parent Handbook 2017 6 

 

IB learner profile: 

Inquirers 

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love for learning throughout life. 

Knowledgeable 

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. 

Thinkers 

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions. 

Communicators 

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. 

Principled 

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our own actions and their consequences. 

Open-minded 

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. 

Caring 

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and in the world around us. 

Risk-takers 

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change. 

Balanced 

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives- intellectual, physical, and emotional- to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize the interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. 

Reflective 

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development. 

What will your child be learning? 

The PYP is a concept driven curriculum which integrates subject areas to support inquiry and learning in meaningful contexts. The transdisciplinary nature of the curriculum enables students to experience how subject knowledge and understanding work together in the real world, while also experiencing individual components as well. 

Classes from Prep to Year 5 are actively involved in six units of inquiry each per year, each one being approximately six weeks in length. Students in our WISE Centre (Early- Childhood) experience four units of inquiry per year, one per term. Parent Handbook 2017 7 

 

The units of inquiry are centred around six transdisciplinary themes: 

Who We Are 

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human. 

Where We Are in Time and Place 

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives. 

How We Express Ourselves 

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic. 

How the World Works 

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment. 

How We Organise Ourselves 

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment. 

Sharing the Planet 

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution. 

 

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