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:
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:
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
Knowledge - The areas of knowledge that we deem especially significant for the promotion of international mindedness in our students.
Skills - social, communication, thinking, research and self-management.
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?
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.
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.