The philosophy of the PYP is applied in the classroom activities and arrangements.
Students will often be involved in whole class discussions while the teacher will visibly record the content of the discussions, or may work individually and in smaller groups doing research or collecting information or working towards a performance or presentation. This discussion will be on display during the rest of the unit and will be referred to at a later stage.
The classroom looks active; students take initiative, assist each other, get their own resources and may work in different areas in the classroom. Different groups of students may be working on different projects at the same time. Plentiful resources are available to stimulate and assist the learning and the results of the learning are displayed in the class. The Student Profile as well as the central idea, lines of inquiry, and student questions of each unit will be visible in each classroom.
Approaches to Learning:
For effective and efficient learning a variety of skills are required. The Primary Years Programme includes the following skills:
- Research Skills
- Thinking Skills
- Communication Skills
- Self-management Skills
- Social Skills
In their final year of the Primary Years Program students are expected to carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry project, known as the exhibition, under the guidance of their teachers.
The exhibition represents a significant event in the life of both the school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the programme and sharing them with the whole school community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the student profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the programme. It is a culminating experience marking the transition from the PYP to the Middle Years Programme (MYP).