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Discovery College is committed to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) - an internationally devised programme administered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). The Primary Years Programme offers an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework that builds conceptual understanding. It is a student-centred approach to education for children aged 3 - 12.

​ Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. The PYP prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

Figure 1: The IB PYP Curriculum Model

Learning is designed under the umbrella of six transdisciplinary themes (four in Year 1 and five in Year 2) which are designed to have enduring value, regardless of geography or background of IB World Schools and students:

The themes are supported by six subjects:-

  • Language

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social studies

  • Personal, social and physical education

  • Arts

Together, the six themes and six subjects develop:

  • knowledge

  • conceptual understandings

  • skills

  • dispositions

  • action

Figure 2: Holistic learning in the PYP (Beane 1997; Boyer 1995; Vars 2000; Drake and Burns 2004)

The curriculum is expressed in three interrelated ways:

  • the written curriculum — what do we want to learn?

  • the taught curriculum — how best will we learn?

  • the assessed curriculum — how will we know what we have learned?

Learning Programme - PYP

Each day will begin with a 10 minute welcome session with the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher is responsible for Language, Unit of Inquiry and Mathematics. In addition to the classroom based programme, students have lessons in Physical Education, Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Chinese.

Primary Lesson Times

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