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IB Primary Years Programme

Ages 3 to 12

The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen is authorized as an IB World School and offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) has been developed for students ages 3-12 years old and uses a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based approach that focuses on developing the whole child.

At ISNS, our primary teachers and support staff collaborate to produce a curriculum that develops knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines within a unit of inquiry. In each unit of inquiry, PYP students explore a central idea using inquiry-based learning to develop their conceptual understanding of the topic.

At ISNS, we have redeveloped our curriculum to create our school’s Programme of Inquiry (POI). The Programme of Inquiry is the foundation of the Primary Years Programme, but also includes the New Brunswick Curriculum from Canada.

From ISNS’s POI, you will see the six transdisciplinary themes from which each unit of inquiry has been developed. The six transdisciplinary themes are:

Who we are

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.

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.

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 interconnectedness 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 understandings of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves

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

Sharing the planet

An inquiry into the 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.

Each transdisciplinary theme is valued because of its global significance. Each theme is also supported by the five essential elements of the Primary Years Programme:

  • Knowledge
  • Concepts
  • Attitudes
  • Skills
  • Action

These five essential elements are the heart of the Primary Years Programme and are used to guide our planning, teaching, and assessment practices.

ISNS sponsors information sessions for parents throughout the year about the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). Some sessions will be offered during the school day and others in the evening or after school.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these sessions as an understanding of the Primary Years Programme will enable them to support the Units of Inquiry and help their child develop the five elements essential to the programme. Information about these sessions will be on the school website as well as sent home through various means, electronic and otherwise.

PYP Brochure & FAQ

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