As an IB World Continuum School, we focus on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The PYP is an enriched, highly rigorous programme that meets every student where they are and challenges them to do their very best. It reflects well the school’s mission statement: “To challenge and support our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.” Educating the whole student, the PYP encourages the development of body, mind and spirit in every student.
The IB Primary Years Programme
at GNS provides a framework for the delivery and enrichment of the BC provincial curricula. In addition to meeting the province’s learning requirements, the IB PYP 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 Learner Profile.
At the Junior School, sustained inquiry forms the centre piece of the curriculum. We use structured inquiry into both established bodies of knowledge and complex problems. With this approach, prior knowledge and experience establish the basis for new learning, and students’ curiosity provides the most effective provocation for learning that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. The nature of the entire program is transdisciplinary; a key concept is explored across numerous subjects through a variety of different lenses.