The PYP programme model
Amity Global School, Gurgaon is an authorized school for IB Primary Years Programme for PYP (Primary Years Programme) of International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), which focuses on the development of the whole child and challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts. The school is committed to provide high quality, challenging, international education that is important for its students.
The focus is on the development of the whole child: academic, social, physical and emotional. This is expressed in the overall aims of our programme, which is to encourage young people to become inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective. These characteristics are outlined in the IB Learner Profile and are explicitly taught in the IB Primary Years Programme(PYP) at AGS, Gurgaon
Our primary school is for children from Pre-Nursery to Grade 5. The approach to teaching focuses on student-centred , inquiry-based learning and teaching and concept driven curriculum. The transdisciplinary approach reiterates our belief that knowledge transcends beyond individual subject areas, thus aiding development of skills, concepts and dispositions, which form the core of learning. Use of the inquiry process and inquiry teaching philosophy enable students to explore, develop meaning to become active constructors of their own knowledge through experiences that encourage assimilation and accommodation.
The learning model is constructivist and based on the belief that students come to any learning situation with prior knowledge which can be built upon. IB Primary Years Programme has identified six areas of knowledge called transdisciplinary themes, that are of lasting significance for students in PYP schools anywhere in the world:
- 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
These themes provide a framework of units of inquiry that incorporate global, national, local content as well as opportunities for students to develop skills, concepts and knowledge needed to become internationally-minded people and lifelong learners.
PYP organizes units of inquiry under the six trans disciplinary themes in the Programme of Inquiry. PYP units of inquiry are transdisciplinary in nature and enable students through units that incorporate perspectives from different subject areas (science, social studies, language, mathematics, physical education, arts (music, dance, visual arts, drama) to reach understandings of concepts.
Assessment in an IB Primary Years Programme school is to help students develop the elements of learning: the understanding of concepts, the acquisition of knowledge, the mastering of skills and the decision to take action.
The prime objective of assessment in the PYP is to provide feedback on the learning process. Assessments for learning are on-going to assess students’ knowledge across all areas of learning. Assessment enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do.