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What we want the students to learn

In the PYP a balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking of responsible action. In terms of achieving this balance, the five essential elements of the written curriculum are emphasized.

The Five Essential Elements of the PYP are:

Knowledge, which is both disciplinary, represented by traditional subject areas (Language, Maths, Science, Social studies, Arts, PSPE) and transdisciplinary.

Concepts, which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas.

Skills, which are the broad capabilities students develop and apply during learning and in life beyond the classroom.

Attitudes, which contribute to international-mindedness and the wellbeing of individuals and learning communities, and connect directly to the IB learner profile.

Action, which is an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.