Students at Nivki and Pechersk campuses in Kyiv are taught the IB Primary Years Program, students at Dnipro campus are taught a program based on IB Primary Years Program.
The PYP places learning at its centre. Our emphasis is on helping students develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. 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 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.
All Primary School students study the following subjects: Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Personal and Social Education and Visual and Performing Arts.
Subjects such as personal, social, physical and emotional education are totally integrated across the curriculum whereas subjects like English and Mathematics may have elements that are taught explicitly as stand-alone subjects and core skills.
Literacy is a strong focus for all students in the Primary school with ample opportunity given for students to read and listen to reading. Teachers in Years 1 to 6 offer more formal reading lessons and ensure regular guided reading is happening.
All the students learn English and are offered three foreign languages – French, German or Russian – which may be taken from year 5 upwards.
The Mathematics Curriculum has four interwoven strands: Number, pattern and function; Data handling; Measurement; Shape and space. In the Science Curriculum there are four main strands that are explored through the units of inquiry: Living things; Earth and space; Materials and matter; Forces and energy.
There are three main strands in the Social Studies curriculum: History; Geography; Society that provide opportunities for students to look at and think about human behaviour realistically, objectively and with sensitivity. It aims to guide students towards a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and of their place in an increasingly global society.
Children who do not follow the Ukrainian Program may be provided with some lessons focusing on Ukrainian language and Cultural Studies. These lessons are taught because we are an International School whose host country is Ukraine.