GEMS PYP Curriculum Coordinator: Primary Years Message

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend the Early Years curriculum evening on Tuesday night and the Primary Years curriculum evening on Wednesday night.

Prior to the Grade level and teacher presentations, I explained some information about the International Baccalaureate (IB) and its Primary Years Programme (PYP).

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for learners aged 3–12.

The aim of the programme is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with adaptable skills so they can tackle societies complex challenges.

The PYP, like all IB programmes, is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas.

In the PYP, students learn about significant concepts during the year through six units of inquiry (UOI).

The six transdisciplinary themes that guide these units of inquiry are: Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organise ourselves and Sharing the planet.

Units of inquiry interweave subject areas such as mathematics, language arts, personal, social and physical education, 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.

Please look out for the PYP Workshops that we will be hosting at various times in the year for parents. I would encourage you all to attend.

To find out more about the IB and PYP, you can visit the IB website at, speak with your child’s PYP classroom teacher or contact me at <>.

Olivia Burke, PYP Curriculum Coordinator

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