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Transdisciplinary Themes of the PYP

The PYP focuses on six Transdisciplinary Themes:

  1. Who we are
  2. How we express ourselves
  3. How we organize ourselves
  4. Sharing the planet
  5. Where we are in place and time (Kinder – 5th)
  6. How the world works (Kinder – 5th)

Primary Years Programme

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the IB’s program for students ages 3-12, and at Magellan, the PYP Programme is offered to our Preschool students and through Primary School (5th grade).

Why choose PYP?

The PYP curriculum is engaging, challenging, and relevant. The program acknowledges traditional subject areas, but addresses the critical importance of acquiring skills and exploring content that transcend traditional subjects.

How is the PYP taught?

The PYP is a guided inquiry approach to teaching and learning. Units of inquiry are the focus for teaching and learning. Within each unit of inquiry, students and teachers together identify together what they want to know, what they already know, what they need to know, and how they might best find that out. This encourages students to see connections between subjects.

What are the benefits to inquiry-based learning?

An inquiry-based classroom stimulates the natural curiosity of students and encourages them to ask questions. This approach emphasizes real-life situations, decision-making, problem solving, research, and action. Students explore concepts of and experience what it is like to think and act like a historian, scientist, engineer or a mathematician.

As inquirers, students construct their own meaning, rather than relying on their teachers to do so for them. Consequently, students develop deeper and more profound understanding.

Unit Newsletter for “Where We Are In Place and Time” in 1st grade.