GEMS PYP Curriculum Coordinator: Primary Years Message

Reflection on action, theories and practice is a crucial element of the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

We encourage our students to reflect on their work, attitudes and information they are presented with.

As teachers, we are constantly reflecting on what we do, how we do it and why we do it. This reflective process is also adopted by the International Baccalaureate with their programmes.

In 2012 the IB embarked on the first comprehensive review of the PYP to examine every aspect of the programme, from its founding principles to implementation in the classroom, to ensure that it is relevant to learners of today and tomorrow.

Launched in 1997, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is currently implemented in more than 100 countries.

The world and thinking in education is evolving. Therefore, the review offers an ideal opportunity for the IB to reflect upon, enhance and strengthen the PYP curriculum framework at a time of fast paced change, when international-mindedness and access to a high quality education are more important than ever before.

The review of the PYP has been a consultative and collaborative research-based process. Part of the review of the PYP is to look at areas where the continuity of experience for IB students ages 3-19 can be strengthened.

The review has taken into account the very latest research into child development, technology and best practice.

Over the last few months PYP school communities have been updated on different aspects of the review and what lies in store. As a plan for deeper student learning, the enhanced PYP will promote contextual implementation of the programme, provide greater support for the development of knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and the learner profile.

Foster a culture of continuous school improvement, innovation and excellence. There will be a great emphasis on the learner with respect to student agency and also on the learning community.

To continue connecting our parent community in this culture of learning, next week, on October 4th from 9:15-10:30am we will be hosting our “What is the PYP?” parent workshop.

During this workshop parents will discover more about the essential elements of the programme.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn as our students do. Please contact our Parent Relations Executive if you are able to attend.

We would also like to strengthen our ties with our parent community through compiling an educational database of contacts that will enable teachers to connect with parents who have specific skills and knowledge that match with work they may be doing in classes across the school.

Please review the GEMS (Singapore) Community Connect information or contact our Parent Relations Executive – Judy Lee for more information.

Olivia Burke
, PYP Curriculum Coordinator

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