Primary Years follows the integration of the IB Primary Years Programme in collaboration with the enrichment programme of BIS. A strong emphasis on honesty, pride, integrity, and kindness is tied in with the Learner Profile attributes. Our well-defined curriculum helps students grow into happy and responsible individuals. Students in the Primary years programme are encouraged to learn through a sense of inquiry to develop into independent and reflective learners. The focus here is to provide continuity and progression in learning for all students as they move on to the rigour of Middle school.
Language Art and Maths are vital and are combined with cross-curricular integrations established through the areas of sciences, dance, drama, music, vocals, instrumental, visual art, community service, personal and social education and physical and health education. The skills of independent learning, behavioural reflection, and collaboration with others are also developed along with attitudes and values to ensure progression in the development of essential life skills at this young age. The acquired knowledge and skills are put to exhibit during the culmination of the PYP in the year 5. The PYP Exhibition provides a platform for students to showcase and reflect their learning.
The formal subjects and areas of learning are as follows:
Ethos of education in Class for PYP – Class may begin with questions by the facilitator and responses from the students are guided to allow them to think beyond the apparent. Morning sessions begin with academic work on the unit of study and this unit will last for about 4 to 6 weeks. The activities of sports, art, music, community work, sciences, maths are all integrated with this main subject and this method of learning will facilitate a deep understanding and engagement with this subject. All classroom engagements allow children to make interdisciplinary connections with the main subject and the things around them.
Children in Primary years are ready to learn about the outside world and are in the process of becoming self-aware. They experience a new sense of self and begin to question who they are in relation to their environment. As new capacities emerge in their thinking, children begin to develop a more realistic view of everyone and everything around them.
The curriculum of PYP 1 is implemented in a way to bring awareness of letters, language, addition and subtraction, multiplication, phonics, sight vocabulary, fairy tales and nature stories. Handiwork could include basic toys, moulding, sandplay, pretend and play, drawing and painting. Community environments are introduced to first graders to help them connect with people who they see almost daily around them apart from their parents and teachers. PYP 2 students’ progress to larger numbers division, subtraction, addition and multiplication. In language, they progress to grammar, fables and stories of saintly leaders and biographies. Mathematics brings in place values and times tables, with expanded problem solving. Community introductions are made through homes, buildings, shelters and habitats around them. PYP 3 students are introduced to complicated numbers, time, and measurement. Language arts introduces composition, parts of speech, building projects, creating stories and introducing professions. PYP 4 is the appropriate grade to introduce fractions, LCM, HCF, local geography, more parts of speech, reading and writing musical notes. Fourth graders develop self confidence that is breaking away from their surroundings and develop an adventurous spirit. Students of PYP 5 develop an order of sense of space and time. They develop a deeper understanding of personal responsibility and ethics of right and wrong. It’s an apt moment to introduce more grammar, Indian geography, music in harmony with instruments and vocals sung in different elements. Dictation and writing, decimals, percentage, elocution, fun versions of B-CAN elements are included in engagements for each age group along with artistic expressions and physical development.
Learning environments in PYP are personalised and learning goals are evaluated by observing:
Do visit the school and meet with our PYP Coordinator for any queries regarding the programme.