El PEP is the IB international programme for children. It focuses on the holistic development of students, in an environment that stimulates and promotes the pleasure of learning throughout life. The PYP provides a framework that allows children to become active participants in their learning, through a concept-driven approach, within an inquiry-based curriculum. This program follows a constructivist model, in which reflection is embedded in multiple ways. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves, the others, and the environment.
At Einstein School, the PYP Programme was first authorized in 2009. Since then, we have successfully maintained this accreditation for more than 10 years. At present, we are incorporating the new processes and enhancements given by the IB organization to develop and sustain this program of academic excellence. At Einstein School, the PYP is offered to students from grades 1 to 5.
The main goal of the PYP, as reflected in the IB mission statement, is “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” In order to achieve this purpose, the PYP offers a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum, aligned with national and international standards, that promotes responsible actions in the learning community.
The PYP curriculum framework is based on transdisciplinarity, which means that learning takes place between, across and beyond subject areas. Students experience learning derived from six subjects: language, social studies, mathematics, arts, science, and PSPE (personal, social and physical education), all of them connected in an engaging and challenging way.
The curriculum revolves around six transdisciplinary themes of global importance: Who We Are, How We Organize Ourselves, Where We Are In Time and Place, How the World Works, How We Express Ourselves and Sharing the Planet. These themes lead to the development of a program of inquiry, that consists of six units at each grade level. Each unit addresses a central idea relevant to a particular transdisciplinary theme. By incorporating local and global issues into the curriculum, learning becomes more authentic and integrated.
- The PYP Exhibition
The Exhibition project is an important collaborative experience that takes place during the final year of the PYP. In this student-led inquiry, children have the opportunity to showcase their learning process, independence, responsibility, and growth throughout the years. Students inquire into a subject of interest to them. They undertake this research investigating and offering solutions to real-world problems. Students reflect, make meaningful connections and take action as a consequence of their learning. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the transition of the students to the Middle Years Programme.