International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) School
Berlin Cosmopolitan School has chosen to frame the curriculum through the PYP (Primary Years Programme) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The PYP serves as a curriculum organiser for the Berliner Rahmenlehrplan and is used as a framework in international schools across the world.
“The Primary Years Programme (PYP) offers a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centered education with responsible action at its core, enabling students to learn between, across and beyond traditional subject boundaries.” IBO.org
At the core of our PYP curriculum is the Program of Inquiry , which encompasses six transdisciplinary themes, a central idea, questions and key concepts that children will explore through their natural curiosity and thereby gain deeper knowledge and understanding of issues and problems that are relevant to all people from around the world.
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The PYP is shaped by the following
International mindedness: the curriculum combines the most successful international pedagogical approaches and enables students to change schools easily and on an international scale.
Inquiry and inquiry-based learning: PYP’s emphasis is on knowledge- and experience-based learning, developing the best methods of acquiring knowledge and engaging with things that people want to know more about.
Cross-curricular connections: Mathematics, languages, arts, sciences and social sciences are taught by drawing on interdisciplinary themes to help students see existing connections.
The IB Learner Profile
Students who learn according to the PYP curriculum acquire the following skills:
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.