The Primary Years Programme

Glenlyon Norfolk School is proud to be authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5.

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 PYP at GNS provides a framework for the delivery and enrichment of the provincial curricula. In addition to meeting the province’s learning requirements, it teaches young students how to learn. It centres on the development of the child as an inquirer, teaching arithmetic, science, grammar, and history by asking students to think about what they know and form questions about what they don’t. Learning to think critically and ask good questions shapes our students’ educational experience; it is the first component of the IB Learner Profile. Essentially, the PYP is as concerned with how our students arrive at their answers as it is with the answers themselves.

Following the lead of inquiry-based learning, students will frequently ask questions that can only be answered by studying various disciplines. In these instances, students will explore the concepts in as many subject areas as are required to answer their inquiries. Ultimately, this transdisciplinary approach helps students form a more complete understanding of the concepts they learn in class; it allows for a broader range of study that includes local and global material; and it shows them how asking one thoughtful question has a cascade effect; one question leads to another, and another, and another, and soon, our students are on a lifelong journey of inquiry!

Indeed, the art of inquiry opens doors for our students beyond arithmetic and grammar; the art of inquiry is the passageway to a life of enrichment, fascination, and opportunity, and ultimately, a better world for all.

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