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The Written Curriculum

In the PYP, a balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking responsible action.

Five essential elements help us to achieve this balance:

Knowledge Significant, relevant   contend that we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into   consideration their prior experience and understanding.
Concepts Powerful ideas that   have relevance within the subject areas but also transcend them and that   students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in-depth   understanding.
Skills Those capabilities   that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging   world.
Attitudes Dispositions that are   expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the   environment and people.
Action Demonstrations of   deeper learning in responsible behavior through responsible action.

All essential elements are incorporated into units of inquiry. The units of inquiry each explore one of six transdisciplinary themes. The transdisciplinary themes are globally significant and help students to make connections within and between subject areas. The transdisciplinary themes are:

  • 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