The Primary Years Programme

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AGES 3 TO 12

The PYP programme, intended for children ages 3 to 12, encourages students to become inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, and to be knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective. Students develop these attributes within the classroom, during assemblies, in the playground, and while participating in the many extracurricular activities at Ambassador International Academy.

The PYP is all about inquiry: the process through which a learner moves from his or her current level of understanding to a new and deeper level.

Our Students Will Be :

  • Exploring, wondering and questioning;

  • Collecting data and reporting findings;

  • Taking and defending a position;

  • Using critical thinking skills to understand a concept;

  • Making and testing theories;

  • Experimenting and playing with possibilities;

  • Solving problems in a variety of ways.

trans disciplinary themes

By using inquiry-based learning, the PYP engages and challenges students who have many diverse perspectives, values, cultural backgrounds, and languages. Ambassador International Academy is committed to a developmental approach. This means that students may progress through the programme at different rates.

To ensure that children acquire a broad base of knowledge, the Units of Inquiry are developed under six ‘trans disciplinary themes’:

Who are we

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human;

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnections of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives;

How the world works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment;

How we organise ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnections of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organisations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment;

How we express ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic;

Sharing the planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

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The six subject areas of Language, Social Studies, Personal, Social and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science and Technology and the Arts are woven into the Units of Inquiry to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to learning. In the last year of the PYP, students participate in the PYP Exhibition which is an extended, in-depth, collaborative project showcasing their development through their engagement with the PYP.

At Ambassador International Academy we use Early Years Foundation Stage and English National Curriculum standards as benchmarks to ensure that our curriculum model has the benefits of the PYP framework supported with the rigour and content of EYFS and the English National Curriculum.

Our members of academic staff are drawn from a variety of backgrounds but all have significant and relevant experience in delivering either the IB Primary Years Programme and the English National Curriculum. We will have a strong monitoring and evaluation programme for staff and this, coupled with ongoing development training, will ensure that the curriculum is delivered to highest standard possible and that all our students achieve their maximum potential.

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