An integrated Primary curriculum offers the best of international learning

St. Andrews Green Valley is a fully authorised IB PYP school that offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) from the International Baccalaureate (IB),  integrated with the English National Curriculum, thereby offering the very best of international learning.

The PYP is an internationally recognised and rigorously integrated programme in which inquiry is embedded into the curriculum. The academically challenging curriculum has been developed around three key questions:

  • What do we want students to learn?
    A written set of student skills and expectations, learning outcomes and concepts for each subject area
  • How will they learn best?
    Teaching and learning strategies that promote inquiry, encourage student ownership of their learning, support best educational practice and cater to the learning needs of all students ensuring student success
  • How will we know what they have learned?
    The use of effective and authentic assessment practices that monitor individual student progress and guide future planning and learning experiences.

As an inquiry-driven programme, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves, to take control of their own learning, to have a global perspective and to make positive differences to the world. While gaining academic knowledge, students also work on developing their personal, social and study skills, continuously reflecting and looking for opportunities for self-improvement.

The PYP nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. As part of the curriculum, students are actively encouraged and supported to reflect the IB ‘Learner Profile’ attributes of: inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taker, balanced and reflective.

In their final year of the PYP,  students take part in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process. Students investigate, inquire into and solve problems to make a change and make the world a better place. This year our Central Idea was “Small Steps to Global Goals.”