International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
IB Mission Statement
"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for pupils aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills with a powerful emphasis on inquiry. The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculum and provides a superior foundation for pupils as they move through their education at the Hundred of Hoo Academy. Below is a visual aid depicting the PYP.
The Learner Profile Attributes
Within the context of the central ideas (and throughout their school life) the children will be learning how to demonstrate and recognise learner attributes, of which there are 10. The attributes include –
The ethos behind the programme is to inform learners of global issues and to promote the confidence of taking action and making a difference. From climate change to poverty, and from gender equality and economic growth, children will learn about these in relevant and meaningful ways through a curriculum that ensures that every child achieves their full potential.
Here is a helpful infographic explaining each aspect of the IBPYP.
IB Candidate School
The Hundred of Hoo Academy is a candidate school* for the PYP. This school is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students.
*Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.