Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.
Primary Years Programme
The IB Primary Years Programme at VSA, for students in Years 1 to 5, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
The Written Curriculum
A significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes relate to issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to "step up" beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.
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
The Taught Curriculum
The six transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry, in-depth investigations into important ideas, identified by the teachers, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for six weeks.
The Assessed Curriculum
Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do. The teacher's feedback to the students provides the guidance, tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skillful and better at understanding how to learn.
(www.ibo.org – The Primary Years Programme)