Curriculum Overview in the Primary Section
The PYP is a programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child. It provides a curriculum framework for primary schools around the globe. The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme are the six transdisciplinary themes. The illustration of the IB PYP Curriculum model below encapsulates student learning at KICS.
The six transdisciplinary themes
These themes provide the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organize ourselves
- Sharing the planet
Units of Inquiry are developed around these transdisciplinary themes. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.
Since these ideas relate to the world beyond the school, students see their relevance and connect with it in an engaging and challenging way. Students who learn in this way begin to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as learners and become actively involved with their education.
At KICS, we have developed key learning outcomes for each year level set in continuums that reflect the different ways that children develop. We aim to create a learning environment where young students understand the interconnectedness of big ideas while grasping the essential elements (concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action) that will form the foundation for future learning.
The IB Learner Profile
The School’s mission focuses on the vision for learning shared by the whole school community:
"KICS Empowers students to act creatively, positively and responsibly in a changing World."
Aligned to our school’s vision for learning is the IB Learner Profile. These attributes are the driving force behind each and every classroom interaction. The aim is to develop internationally minded people who recognise their place in the world and their need to make it a better place.
At KICS we encourage students to become:
Inquirers - We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
Thinkers - We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators - We express ourselves ¬confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
Risk-takers - We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
Knowledgeable - We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and globalsignifi-cance.
Principled - We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
Caring - We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
Open-minded - We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
Balanced - We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our livesintellectual, physical, and emotionalto achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
Reflective - We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.