What is the International Baccalaureate® and the Primary Years Programme (PYP)?
The goal of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is to develop learners who become inquirers, thinkers, communicators, and risk-takers who are knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded and well-balanced.
A structured Inquiry Approach to learning is the basis of the program, whereby students learn to ask and formulate answers to meaningful questions. Teams of teachers develop Units of Inquiry that provide significant, relevant, and challenging learning experiences across the curriculum. Community service opportunities and activities promote caring and responsible attitudes among students.
How are students assessed?
Teachers assess students by selecting or designing methods of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes they intend to capture.
Teachers also take into account the diverse, complicated and sophisticated ways that individual students use to develop and demonstrate their understanding.
The prime objective of assessing students’ learning and performance is to give feedback to:
- students—to encourage the start of lifelong learning
- teachers—to support their reflection on what to teach and how to teach it
- Parents—to highlight their child’s learning and development.