PYP stands for Primary Years Program and refers to the International Baccalaureate curriculum used in the early childhood and the primary school for the children aged 3-12. PYP as an interdisciplinary programme focuses on students constructing meaning for themselves. It enables students to make connections between disciplines and encourages them to think and act much like scientists, writers, politicians, etc.  The interdisciplinary approach to learning makes what students are doing in the classroom purposeful and applicable to life in the outside world and ensures that they are not just “doing school for the sake of doing school”.

The PYP curriculum framework is organised through transdisciplinary units of inquiry. This means that subject area knowledge and skills traditionally taught in isolation are made relevant by making connections between universal concepts and ideas.

The PYP focuses on the overall growth of the child, aiming not only at intellectual progress but providing as much attention to social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. The PYP curriculum is organized around six universal transdisciplinary themes (who we are; where we are in place and time; how we express ourselves; how the world works; how we organize ourselves; sharing the planet).

Guided by the transdisciplinary themes, the school develops the PYP Programme of Inquiry and the teachers design units of inquiry that VIS students research and study in depth. The units of inquiry are designed to encourage students to formulate questions and learn how to answer them. This approach helps children become motivated and independent learners. The themes are implemented into the curriculum through the subject areas. It means that subjects included at VIS curriculum such as math, languages, science, information technologies, art, music, physical education, and other subjects are studied within the units of inquiry when appropriate.

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