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.
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.