At Skinners’ Kent Primary School we offer the IB PYP alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum for England. This serves to provide families in the area with an all-through and non-selective IB education in the Tunbridge Wells area.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a high quality and challenging educational programme for a worldwide community of schools, aiming to create a better, more peaceful world. This network of schools provides many opportunities for connecting with learners from different countries, cultures and contexts.
The PYP is unique in providing a truly international education for its students. The PYP Curriculum Framework provided by the IB provides consistent elements across PYP schools but, at the same time, provides schools with the flexibility in content to develop Units of Inquiry that are engaging, meaningful and significant to pupils in a particular location.
Rather than topic titles, units in a PYP school are developed around a conceptually driven ‘central idea’. For example, rather than studying a unit titled ‘Water’, our pupils inquire into the central idea ‘Water is an essential resource that is not equally available to all’. Engagement with this central idea will require pupils to ask questions and consider real world issues surrounding the availability of water - why is water not equally available? Where are there water shortages? How can we conserve water? This conceptual approach is how the PYP fosters inquiring minds and develops critical thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation in students.One of the 5 essential elements of the PYP is ‘Action’. The PYP believes that education must extend beyond the classroom. An explicit expectation of the PYP is that successful inquiry will lead to responsible action, initiated by the pupil as a result of their learning. For example, a pupil who has learnt about the importance of conserving water may make choices at home e.g. using a bucket rather than hose when helping to wash the car.
Our curriculum will:
- Promote high standards
- Provide a broad and varied learning experience in every Key Stage
- Enable pupils to develop effective skills of co-operation and collaboration
- Develop a wide range of skills and broaden pupils’ life experiences
- Promote a positive engagement with, and commitment to, learning
- Be relevant to pupils and prepare them for the here and now, for the next phase of their education, and for their future
Through embedding the IB PYP curriculum and our whole school focus on the IB PYP attitudes we aspire all learners to be:
- Thinkers and inquirers
- Effective communicators
- Risk takers
- Problem solvers
- Caring and sensitive to others
- Well balanced human beings
If we develop this love of learning, and grow their confidence to learn in any situation, children will continue to build upon these throughout their life. Research shows that we need to equip our pupils with highly developed capacity to learn for life in the 21st century: “21st century life presents everyone with high levels of challenge, complexity and individual responsibility where choice, problem solving and learning are key. Education needs to strengthen their ability to be good choosers, skilful problem solvers and powerful learners”
To find out more about the curriculum at SKPS please contact Mrs Wyatt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org