Students at Nivki and Pechersk campuses in Kyiv are taught the IB Primary Years Programme, students at Dnipro campus are taught a programme based on IB Primary Years Programme.
IB Primary Years Programme was developed in 1997 through the vision and effort, sustained over ten years, of the former International Schools Curriculum Project. As of 16 March 2017, there are 1,472 schools offering the IB Primary Years Programme, in 109 different countries worldwide.
The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
The PYP places learning at its centre. Our emphasis is on helping students develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. Preparing students for success in school as well as in the world beyond school empowers them to become independent, lifelong learners.
The PYP ensures that students connect to concepts and knowledge that have global significance through its six transdisciplinary themes. These themes guide teachers in the design of units of inquiry that will help students understand:
- who we are,
- where we are in place and time,
- how we express ourselves,
- how the world works,
- how we organise ourselves,
- how we share the planet.
Students in Nursery and Reception study units of inquiry in four of these six themes each year.
Units of inquiry are in-depth investigations into important ideas identified by teachers. The school identifies the core knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes that will be developed throughout the unit, as well as anticipating action that the students may take. Although the learning goals for each unit do not vary from class to class, the teachers connect to the interests of the students within their group to guide them in how best to reach these goals.
The programme uses play-based learning and has a range of clearly defined areas to encourage exploration, investigation and play, both indoors and outdoors. These include spaces for reading, writing, art, construction, imaginative play, maths, science and technology, with a wide variety of appropriate resources in each. Our fully qualified staff are sensitive to each child’s stage of development and self-confidence, using differentiation to make sure each child learns at the level right for them.
You can learn more about IB Primary Years Programme at www.ibo.org.