Coatesville PrimarySchool is an authorised International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Programme (PYP) World School, as of December,  2010. The IB-PYP focusses on the total growth of the developing child. touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, in addtion to academic needs, the PYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national and international systems to create a relevant and engaging framework for all children. The PYP offers a comprehesnive approach to teaching and learning.

IBO 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.

The IB Learner Profiles underpin all IB Programmes. The 10 attributes characterise successful learners are:

  1. Inquirers - They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  2. Knowledgeable - They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  3. Reflective - They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
  4. Communicators - They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  5. Caring - They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
  6. Thinkers - They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  7. Open-minded - They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
  8. Principled - They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  9. Balanced - They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
  10. Risk-takers - They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

These attributes represent values that teachers, students and all who work at the School aim to develop in themselves.

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.

Using inquiry-based learning, the PYP is able to engage and challenge students who have many diverse perspectives, values, cultural backgrounds, and languages.

During each year of school, students in Prep (5-6 years) to Grade 6 (10-12 years) experience six different units of inquiry and spend approximately six weeks on each unit.

All units explore the Transdisciplinary Themes of:

Who We Are

Where We Are In Time and Place

How We Express Ourselves

How the World Works

How We Organise Ourselves

Sharing the Planet

The PYP is a transdisciplinary curriculum, which draws individual disciplines together into a coherent whole, while preserving the essence of each subject.


Programme of Inquiry

Each unit of inquiry includes opportunities for students to develop all five of the following

Essential Elements:

  1. Knowledge - The areas of knowledge that we deem especially significant for the promotion of international mindedness in our students.

  2. Skills - social, communication, thinking, research and self-management.

  3. Concepts

    FORM: What is it like?

    FUNCTION: How does it work?

    CAUSATION: Why is it like it is?

    CHANGE: How is it changing?

    CONNECTION: How is it connected to other things?

    PERSPECTIVE: What are the points of view?

    RESPONSIBILITY: What is our responsibility?

    REFLECTION: How do we know?

  4. Attitudes - The attitudes we encourage towards people, the environment and learning are: appreciation, commitment, confidence, co-operation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance.

  5. Action - We encourage our students to take action from their learning. This action may extend the child’s learning or it may have a wider social impact. For instance, as a follow-on from the unit of inquiry What A Waste, students set up a composting bin to recycle organic waste from the school.