PYP and Curriculum
At the PYP level, the IB is not a specific curricula; it is an approach to teaching. Like any other school, GNS delivers the British Columbia curriculum, but our teachers enhance it with the IB philosophy.
Using the Transdisciplinary Themes, teachers develop a Program of Inquiry (POI) that allows students to explore beyond set subject areas like math, English, or social sciences. Teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a substantial and high level of involvement on the part of students.
With the PYP approach, students learn everything required of them in the BC curriculum—and much more! The students’ inquiries into the six units often lead the class beyond what is expected by the province; the themes provide a culturally meaningful framework for students and teach them why what they study is significant on a personal and global level. In turn, this understanding helps them recognize that everything they learn is part of a lifelong educational journey.