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What is an International Baccalaureate education?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum of international education is unique because of its academic and personal rigour

What is the IB Primary Years Programme?
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a conceptual curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer,
both in the classroom and in the world.

The framework is guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas:

  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science and technology
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Personal, social and physical education

as well as transdisplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.

Through its focus on understanding, the PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curricula. Cornish College embeds the Victorian Curriculum to develop our PYP Programme of Inquiry.

The PYP develops well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.

The IB offers high-quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision. Informed by the values described in the learner profile, an IB education:

  • Focuses on learners – the IB’s student-centred programs promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge 
  • Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning – IB programs help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success 
  • Works within global contexts – IB programs increase understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally significant ideas and issues
  • Explores significant content – IB programs offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.

IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.

These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.

For further information, please go to www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/

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