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Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the Early years

In the Early Years (Preschool), PYP students are engaged in inquiry-based learning experiences that involve them in the learning process. Teachers help the students to construct meaning from the world around them by: drawing on their prior knowledge, providing new experiences, and providing opportunities for reflection and consolidation. Students are encouraged to ask questions, reflect, and update their understanding of society and the world around them.

Student Experience

In a preschool classroom at Magellan, students learn through doing (e.g., playing).  They are active participants in their learning. The teachers ask questions and create experiences to facilitate learning based on the desired outcomes. The power of play will become the primary vehicle for inquiry, supporting thoughtful and intentional opportunities for child-initiated play, hands-on learning, and the co-construction of learning between teachers and young learners. Through play and exploration, students will learn to inquire as they build and test theories to help make sense of the world around them.

Teaching Approach

The IB PYP (Primary Years Program) takes a transdisciplinary approach with various subjects-  Languages (English and Spanish), Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, and Personal, Social and Physical Education. In a transdisciplinary learning environment, students learn across through authentic and relevant activities across subjects within a given context and develop agency as they are actively involved in learning, making connections between learned concepts the world around them and independently applying knowledge.

Learn more about the IB’s Early Years Program (Preschool) and the Program of Inquiry, an overview of curriculum for each grade.

Watch a video about the IB’s Early Years setting