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Primary Years Programme

The Primary Years Programme

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Scotch College utilises the extensive research of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to provide your child with the best possible framework to support learning in these early classroom years.

The PYP Statement

The International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 5 to 12. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.

The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.

The PYP at Scotch

The PYP

  • addresses students' academic, social and emotional well-being
  • encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • supports students' efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
  • helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

In the PYP a balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking of responsible action.

One of the most significant and distinctive features of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes provide IB World Schools with the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to "step up" beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

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, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human. 
Where we are in place and time - an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives. 
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. 
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; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment. 
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. 
Sharing the planet - an inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and their relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Students inquire into, and learn about, these globally significant issues in the context of units of inquiry each of which addresses a central idea relevant to a particular transdisciplinary theme. Lines of inquiry are identified in order to explore the scope of the central idea for each unit. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.

Further Information

Further information on the PYP can be found on the IBO Website, or by downloading the PYP Brochure (PDF). Alternatively you can contact Warwick Norman (Junior School Dean of Teaching and Learning) to clarify any queries you may have.

Scotch College acknowledges the International Baccalaureate Organisation for providing detailed information and publications to assist with the development of this web page.