The Primary Years Programme (K-Gr 5)

At Stratford Hall, we are authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is a framework, designed by the IB, through which we deliver the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Education’s Curriculum. It is inquiry-based, driven by the questions teachers and students generate. Our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students are encouraged to be active learners, and to stretch their thinking by asking questions that deepen their understanding of a concept or skill.

Along with the Learner Profile, the PYP is composed of five essential elements, addressed through the curriculum developed by the teachers.



The Five Elements

Knowledge

Significant, relevant content we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding.

Concepts

Powerful ideas that have relevance within the subject areas, but also transcend them, and that students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in-depth understanding.

Skills

Those capabilities students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing and challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature.

Attitudes

Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs, and feelings about learning, the environment, and people.

Action

Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour and through responsible action; a manifestation, in practice, of the other essential elements.

A unique feature is the transdisciplinary nature of our program. Wherever possible, knowledge and skills associated with social studies, science, literacy, numeracy, and fine arts are integrated into our Programme of Inquiry (POI). The POI represents 36 Units of Inquiry (six per grade) taught each year. The POI is reviewed annually to ensure alignment with the BC Ministry of Education’s curricular expectations, along with consistency across, and within, the grades. Standalone instruction in specific Literacy and Numeracy skills also play a part in our balanced programming, ensuring students are set up for success by providing solid foundational skills.

Our Language Acquisition program features Spanish exclusively in the PYP. Spanish, along with Physical Education and Music, are taught by specialists, and are a regular part a student’s timetable throughout the week.

For more specific curricular information related to the PYP, as well as a detailed description of our current POI, please refer to our PYP Handbook.

If you would like to learn more about our programming, feel free to connect with our PYP Coordinator, Ms. Casey Turnpenny.

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