Primary Years Programme
At APIS, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum integrated with the Common Core Standards guides all instructional practices and frames our understanding of how children learn best. Our PYP for children aged 3 to 12 is a student-centered approach to education that understands the student as agents of their own learning and partners in the learning process.
At APIS we are deeply committed to providing inquiry-based instruction Guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, that develops the knowledge, concepts, attributes of the learner profile, and skills needed to become actionable global citizens.
The PYP framework emphasized the principle of agency and underpins the three pillars of school life:
-Learning and teaching
-The learning Community
The Six Transdisciplinary Themes
Who We Are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
Sharing The Planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution
Where We Are In Place And Time
An inquiry into orientation in place and time personal histories; homes and journey; the discoveries, explorations, and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives
How We Organize Ourselves
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
How The World Works
An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment
How We Express Ourselves
An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic
The Key Concepts
At APIS, PYP teachers use powerful, broad, and abstract concepts as a lens to organize learning within units of inquiry and subject-specific learning.
The Approaches to Learning
The IB approaches to learning skills (ATL) are grounded in the belief that learning how to learn is fundamental to a student’s life in and out of a school context. At APIS support learners in developing:
- Thinking skills
- Communication skills
- Research skills
- Self-management skills
- Social skills
Learning Through Play
At APIS, Play-based Learning is a purposeful, conceptual, inquiry-based approach to motivate and educate the child, as It is through play that children engage and interact in the world around them.
Taking Ownership of Learning
At APIS our Programme of Inquiry is designed to nurture and develop young students as caring and active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.