The Primary Department implements the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum that focuses on students becoming internationally-minded and productive global citizens. Throughout the year, the students participate in six transdisciplinary Units of Inquiry, following the themes:
• Who we are
• Where we are in place and time
• How we express ourselves
• How the world works
• How we organise ourselves and
• Sharing the planet
All the concepts covered in Numeracy, Language Arts, Sciences, Social Studies and all individual disciplines will be covered under each of these transdisciplinary themes. This will create more real-life situations, where problems are not just simply “math problems,” but problems that use skills learned in all disciplines.
The PYP concludes with the PYP Exhibition in Year 6, which has students use all the skills they learned throughout the PYP to solve a problem within one of the transdisciplinary themes. We focus on teaching students how to develop the skills necessary to utilise the information they gain in the later stages of their education.
In addition to the major core subjects, such as Language, Math, Social Studies, and Sciences, which are covered
throughout the Units, our students have a weekly session(s) in:
• Performing Arts (Dance, Drama and Music)
• Visual Arts
• Physical, Social and Personal Education (PSPE)
• Physical Education (PE)
• Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
• Languages (French, Kiswahili and Mother Tongue)
The goal is for our students to be able to demonstrate that learning has taken place by showing what they understand and how they are applying that understanding to real life and the world around them. Authentic learning cannot always be demonstrated through traditional tests or exams. At AIS, we believe that assessment is the continuation of the learning process. It is not just an assessment of learning, but it is also an assessment FOR learning.
Students at AIS are assessed in a variety of ways, including tests, projects, oral presentations and written reports. Assessment in IB PYP is “criterion-referenced.” This means students are scored against standards, not against each other. Emphasis will be placed on rubrics to assess student learning. Students may be asked to create a project, draw, act out a performance, give a presentation, or demonstrate some other way to show what they have learned.
Primary Years Programme Yearband Guidelines