Primary Years Programme

Navigator College Junior School is authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). This programme offers our school a philosophy and curriculum framework which aims to combine the best research and practice from a range of national systems with the wealth of knowledge and experience in international schools.

What is the Primary Years Programme?

The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare. The PYP encourage the development of the traits described in the IB learner profile. It describes the qualities IB students develop and display as they learn.

The Written Curriculum

The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes focus on issues that have meaning for, and are important to all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to consider issues beyond the
confines of learning within subject areas.

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Through these transdisciplinary themes, students gain knowledge in:

  • Language – English and Japanese
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal, Social and Physical education
  • Social Studies – including History and Geography
  • Arts – Visual Art and Music
  • Christian Studies

Where subject knowledge is not covered in the Programme of Inquiry teachers develop units of inquiry into a subject.

The Taught Curriculum

The six transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry which involves in-depth investigations into important ideas. Units of work that are challenging, relevant, engaging and significant are identified by the teachers. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.

The Assessed Curriculum

Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do. The teacher’s feedback to the students provides the guidance, the tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skilful and better at understanding how to learn.

Want to Know More?

Click here to read more on the Primary Years Programme, or for further information contact the Navigator College PYP Coordinator, Nola Kennedy-Williams.