Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for young learners aged 3–12 designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Founded on a philosophy that recognises a child’s natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect, the PYP generates a stimulating and challenging learning environment to nurture those assets and foster a lifelong love of learning in every child.

 

The PYP, like all IB programmes, is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas.
Young learners explore the commonalities of human experience by investigating these themes through a programme of inquiry.


Units of inquiry interweave subject areas such as mathematics, language arts, science and social studies. This approach encourages students to make their own connections between what they learn in core subject areas and how it relates to the world around them.


The IB is committed to making sure that students in IB programmes meet and exceed local or national standards. We are required to examine our curriculum carefully to ensure that there is alignment with local, state or national standards.

 

The PYP programme includes all compulsory Ministry of Education Curricula.

curriculum mapping

Semester 1

Semester 2

Frequently asked questions

What is the PYP?


“PYP” stands for Primary Years Program. It is one of four programs offered by the International Baccalaureate [IB] Organisation. It is designed for children aged 3-12 and focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.




Is the PYP a curriculum?


No. It is a curriculum framework in which the school has the administrative option to apply a curriculum it feels best suits its students and community.




Does implementing the PYP mean that Al Sahwa Schools will not teach local or national standards or common core curriculum?


No. Al Sahwa Schools is committed to making sure that students meet and exceed local or national standards. Schools belonging to the IB program are required to examine their curriculum carefully to ensure that there is alignment with local and national standards set down by the Ministry of Education. [MOE]




What will students learn in PYP?


Students learn the subject areas of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Omani history/ geography, English, maths, science, social studies, art, music and physical education.




How will students learn in PYP?


The PYP uses a guided inquiry approach to student learning that integrates the subjects using transdisciplinary themes in ways that are designed to be more authentic and engaging.




What is inquiry?


The inquiry process leads students to develop and construct their own understanding of concepts presented. It is an approach to student learning that involves students in questioning, exploration, research, and critical thinking with the guidance of their teacher. The inquiry process is conducive to all subject areas and both languages of instruction.




What is a POI?


POI stands for Program of Inquiry and it is the overall plan for instruction in a PYP school. The Programme of Inquiry is a matrix made up of six Transdisciplinary Themes : Who we are; Where we are in time and place; How we express ourselves; How the world works; How we organise ourselves; Sharing the Planet. Students learn about significant concepts through units of inquiry. Units of inquiry interweave the subject areas, connected and supported by the languages of Arabic and English. This approach encourages students to make their own connections between what they learn in core subject areas and how it relates to the world around them. Each of the units of inquiry has a central idea. Each central idea will support students’ understanding of the particular transdisciplinary theme it is connected to, and challenges and extends students’ prior knowledge. The central idea is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. Each unit will contain three lines of inquiry. The lines of inquiry clarify the central idea and define the scope of the inquiry. They extend the inquiry, give focus to students' research, and deepen students’ understanding. Central ideas are delivered in English, supported by Arabic language as outlined in the ‘Al Sahwa Schools PYP Language Policy'.





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