The PYP at GNS encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in meaningful, in-depth inquiries. Students develop an awareness of the process of learning so that they become life-long learners, going beyond traditional subjects into real issues, emphasized through the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

At GNS, the IB PYP:

  • addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
  • provides a learner-centred framework
  • encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
  • helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish
  • provides students with opportunities to work both collaboratively and independently
  • encourages international-mindedness through deep inquiry into both local and global perspectives

Transdisciplinary education is learning that has relevance across subject areas and that reaches beyond the boundaries of the subject areas to connect to what is real in the world.

PYP pedagogy is embedded in best practices for teaching, and follows an inquiry-based, concept-driven and transdisciplinary approach to learning. The curriculum is shaped by five essential elements that guide and inform practice: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action, and—using six internationally-defined transdisciplinary themes—learners explore globally relevant concepts through the Programme of Inquiry. PYP education extends beyond the intellectual to include not only socially responsible attitudes, but also thoughtful and appropriate action. This approach to learning provides PYP students with an opportunity to engage in the Action Cycle: choose, act, reflect.