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Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Harvard Elementary School is an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The school received its authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization on March 14, 2012.


What is the Primary Years Programme?

Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

The written and taught curriculum

The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to "step up" beyond the confines of leaning within subject areas. The six transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiries - in-depth investigations into important ideas, identified by the teachers, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. Teachers are guided by these six transdisciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry that both transcend and articulate conventional subject boundaries through language, social studies, mathematics, arts, science, personal, social and physical education. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Harvard Elementary School's Programme of Inquiry (POI)

The Learner Profile

The learner profile describes a list of attributes that promote academic rigor and the establishing of a personal value system leading to international-mindedness. The programme encourages students to become:

  • Inquirers - their natural curiosity has been nurtured and they enjoy learning
  • Thinkers - they exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to solving complex problems
  • Communicators - they receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language
  • Risk-Takers - they approach unfamiliar situation without anxiety and have the confidence to explore new ideas
  • Knowledgeable - they have explored themes that have global significance and have acquired a critical mass of knowledge
  • Principled - they have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning and have acquired integrity, honesty and a sense of justice
  • Caring - they show sensitivity towards the need and feelings of others, and have a sense or personal commitment to helping others
  • Open-minded - they respect the values of other individuals and cultures and seek to consider a range of points of view
  • Balanced- they understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being
  • Reflective - they give thoughtful consideration to their own learning by constructively analyzing their personal strengths and weaknesses