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Primary Years Programme (Grade 1 - 5)

What is PYP?

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.

PYP Curriculum

The PYP curriculum contains three key components, which explain how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment within the programme. The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. The curriculum is trans disciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.

The PYP is organized according to:

PYP – Pillars of our practice

Communication as a driving force

We believe that to master a language, all four components of language learning must be met i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing. Language plays a vital role in the construction of meaning and empowers the learner to develop effective strategies to support their conceptual understanding and critical thinking skills. By providing opportunities to engage in language learning within meaningful and engaging contexts, we ensure that students do not look at language learningas just an incremental series of skills to be acquired. To be able to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) is a life-long skill that must have its roots in the foundation years of a child’s education.

Holistic Development

Every teacher at Neev has a responsibility to support the holistic development of children by actively addressing their various needs: emotional, physical, social, intellectual, creative and spiritual.This perspective to development encourages caregivers and teachers to look at each child as a whole being and not focus only onstudent’s individual strengths/weaknesses. The strategy also contributes to the overall well-being of learners and gives children the confidence to respect theirindividual uniqueness.

Inquiry As A Stance

Don’t we all learn best when we truly seek answers to our own questions? At Neev, we firmly believe that children learn most effectively through a process of inquiry which allows them to freely ask questions and seek answers. Through a sequence of learning engagements, deliberate experiences that help build on and challenge children’s perspective and by appealing to their prior understandings, knowledge is extended, challenged and refined to develop an inquiring bent of mind. Students are encouraged to recognize and state problems, pose meaningful questions, pursue answers and recognize that these answers are both the final product and the starting point for further study. All inquiry is trans-disciplinary in nature, instead of being compartmentalized as separate entities or subjects, hereby providing students with tools to be able to experience their surroundings more realistically. Due to the interweaving of concepts and skills, children continue to apply their learning much after they leave the four walls of the classroom.

Concept & Content (Academic Rigour)

Concepts are a way of linking learning across content and grade levels. Students continue to develop and explore these specific concepts within and across disciplines to promote deeper understanding of powerful ideas. This is the soul and essence of the PYP programme. Our learning units are consciously createdand differ in content every year (From Grade 1 to 5) in ways that promote true understanding and deeper knowledge of the key concepts.

Experiential & Immersive Learning

Confucius famously said,‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.’ At Neev, we stand by this philosophy and recognize its relevance in providing our children a truly engaging learning environment. Inquiry based and trans-disciplinary learning is layered with activities that allow children to gain first-hand experiences that take them straight to the scene of action. Field trips, expert visits and immersive hands-on experiences provoke a questioning mind, reinforce learning, allow genuine participation and create real understanding of concepts and skills. For example, scientific experiments to understand how the world works, visiting sites of interest to develop interest in the social sciences, interacting with experts in various fields to provide an early insight into future career options all make learning real and relevant. These experiences give wingto our students’ young dreams and equip them with the confidence to make an informed choice of who they want to be.

PYP Curriculum Model

This is the Primary Years Curriculum model that sums up the essential elements of PYP.

The 5 essential elements of Knowledge, Approaches to Learning (Skills), Concepts, Attitudes to Learning and Action are intrinsically related and connected components of the PYP that allows us to build a relevant curriculum that educate the whole child and make them life-long learners. Together with the acquisition of the learner profile leads to the development of International Mindedness.

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