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Primary Years Programme and the Cambridge Curriculum
The Early Years English Section adheres to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). This program focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. 1 The four central features of the Early Years are:
play as the primary vehicle for inquiry with planning for uninterrupted time for play;
building strong relationships with students and their families;
creating and maintaining responsive/interactive learning spaces for play;
offering many opportunities for symbolic exploration and expression.
Within the PYP Framework are a distinctive set of attributes, skills and attitudes that are aimed to develop active, compassionate and lifelong learners. These, together with the Transdisciplinary Skills prepare IB students to make exceptional contributions on campus. 2
To know more about the IB Primary Years Programme Curriculum (PYP), please click here.
The Cambridge International Curriculum sets a global standard for education, and is recognised by universities worldwide. It is flexible, challenging and inspiring, culturally sensitive yet international in approach. Cambridge students develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. They also gain the essential skills they need for success in school and in their future careers.3
Within the Primary Years Program units, all scope and sequence from Cambridge are integrated to support the understanding of the Central Idea and Lines of Inquiry. Throughout the topic per unit, we ensure that we use the various approaches to learning which include Research Skills, Thinking Skills, Social Skills, Communications Skills, and Self-Management Skills. While we value the importance of supporting knowledgeable students, we also foster good citizenship through the PYP Learner Profiles.
The Cambridge Scope and Sequence used in the Early Years may be viewed here:
Under normal circumstances, Early Years has full-time classes from Monday to Friday, 7:30am–1:30pm with optional afternoon activities until 3:00pm.
Implementing the Curriculum with Cambridge, A guide for school leaders, July 2020