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Getting to Know PYP
Posted 09/12/2017 10:58AM

Greetings from the PYP office at our Jingshan campus! Every few weeks or so, I will be giving some information about the PYP in general, and specifically on how we are strengthening our SIS curriculum using the PYP framework.

How is the curriculum organized? The ES and ECC teams have started to review our curriculum at SIS and are working collaboratively to organize them in coherent and engaging units. In PYP, much of the content in the curriculum is organized through the six transdisciplinary themes, namely:

  • 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


As you can see in the PYP chart, the traditional subject areas are part of the curriculum. Students write, read and do math on a daily basis. Our challenge, however, is to engage our students in the inquiry by learning and applying the different literacy and numeracy skills in the context of other subject areas. When applicable, we will also look for connections between the core subjects and our specialist subjects in authentic and meaningful ways.

What does a transdisciplinary curriculum mean? In the real world, humans view daily experiences through the lens of the different subject areas. At SIS, we will endeavor to make connections between the different subject areas in planned, spontaneous and incidental ways. As we reorganize our curriculum to develop PYP units, we expect increased involvement among the teachers during planning and implementation. Ultimately, we hope to assess students' capacity to understand and apply subject specific knowledge and and skills in authentic contexts.

I look forward to meeting you and learning more with you about the exciting curriculum developments at SIS. Please take note of parent sessions dedicated for PYP and I will see you there!

For more information about the PYP, please visit the IB website: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/


Leda Cedo, PYP Coordinator

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