What are the beliefs and values that drive the PYP ?
In the PYP, it is believed that learning takes place best when it is connected to what is genuinely a component of the world around the student, not merely what is all too often contrived and then imposed upon the student in school; that the acquisition of knowledge and skills and the search for meaning and understanding are best done in the context of the exploration of relevant content. PYP schools should provide students with learning experiences that are engaging, relevant, challenging and significant, in learning environments that are stimulating and provocative, where:
- adults are sensitive facilitators of the process of empowering students to value their learning and to take responsibility for it
- students are seen as competent and are listened to
- students are encouraged to be curious, be inquisitive, ask questions, explore and interact with the environment physically, socially and intellectually
- explicit learning outcomes and the learning process are made transparent to the students
- students are supported in their struggle for mastery and control on their journey to become in- dependent, autonomous learners
- the learning experiences are differentiated to accommodate the range of abilities and learning styles in the group
- the collaboration on the part of all the PYP teachers is high, and there is a commitment to the transdisciplinary model at the core of this programme of international education.