The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six Transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The PYP leads directly into the Middle Years Programme (MYP). It can also prepare learners for other inquiry based middle years programmes as most of the knowledge, skills and understanding that students acquire during PYP are readily transferable.
The PYP is a way of teaching and learning is usually taught in conjunction with a curriculum which details more specific content. At DGA we have taken the best from national curricula around the world and benchmarked this content against Cambridge International Standards. We have integrated the National Agenda expectations such as Moral Education and UAE Social Studies into our programme. Where authentic links can't be made, we share the outcomes in stand alone lessons. An advantage we have as an IB school, is that the IB Learner Profiles are embedded in all we do.
The PYP views the development of the following skills as essential for the success of the student. Throughout their learning students acquire and apply these Approaches to Learning:
The school focuses on developing a series of attributes in the students that make up the PYP Student Profile:
The aim of Primary Years Programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world.