The IB Primary Years Programme - page 3

“The recognition of Seneca Academy as an IB World
School delivering the Primary Years Programme, makes
me extremely proud of our teachers, staff and parents
who have dedicated themselves to helping our students
become lifelong learners. By creating an environment
where students make connections between what they are
learning in the classroom and the world around them, we
are creating global citizens who will be well prepared to
take leading roles in the world.”
Head of School, Dr. Brooke Carroll, Seneca Academy, USA
• How we organize ourselves
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
Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share
finite resources with other people and other living things;
communities and the relationship within and between them;
access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Each theme is addressed each year by all students. (Students aged 3
to 5 engage with four of the themes each year.)
In addition all PYP students have the opportunity to learn more than
one language from the age of seven.
These transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a
programme of inquiries–investigations into important ideas,
identified by the schools, and requiring a high level of involvement
on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth
and usually last for several weeks.
Since these ideas relate to the world beyond the school, students
see their relevance and connect with it in an engaging and
challenging way. Students who learn in this way begin to reflect
on their roles and responsibilities as learners and become actively
involved with their education. All students will come to realize
that a unit of inquiry involves them in in-depth exploration of an
important idea, and that the teacher will collect evidence of how
well they understand that idea. They will expect to be able to work
in a variety of ways, on their own and in groups, to allow them to
learn to their best advantage.
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