The Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Introduction
The Primary Years Programme focuses on the understanding that students from Nursery to Year 6 are developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help them achieve success in the rest of their lives. During this time, we recognise that students are becoming increasingly aware of the wider world and its influence on their lives. The PYP strives to make the most of this time of growth to help students develop the capacity to become increasingly independent and to make decisions informed by their growing understanding of their own principles and the consideration of the perspectives of others.

Early Years Department
In the Early Years Department at the British International School the key to success is the provision of a secure, happy and motivational environment for all pupils.  We seek to develop children who are secure and confident in their own ability and ready to meet the challenges of everyday life.
It is our belief that communication through play is the key to learning.  The programme uses play-based learning and has a range of clearly defined areas to encourage exploration, investigation and play, both indoors and outdoors. These include spaces for reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative play, maths, science and technology, with a wide variety of appropriate resources in each. Our fully qualified staff are sensitive to each child’s stage of development and self-confidence, using differentiation to make sure each child learns at the level right for them. We stimulate learning through the PYP Units of Inquiry, by supporting the children, giving them the freedom to express their unique ideas and to make their own decisions with child-centred opportunities.

The Transdisciplinary Themes are:
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organise ourselves
Sharing the planet.

In addition stand alone units are created to cover skills that are essential for students to be effective learners but may not have an explicit link to the units studied in the Programme of Inquiry.  For example, teachers design stand alone units to develop high levels of skills in Language and Mathematics.

Parents are encouraged to see their child’s education in terms of the processes that they go through rather than the product that is achieved; the journey that each child takes is fundamental in making them a confident and secure lifelong learner ready for the academic challenges of Primary School.