KG Teachers
August 2013
Team Building
We have a situation …
The team are stranded and need to cross a river to get
to safety.
The only way to cross the river is to use the stepping
stones (the A4 sheets, which have already been laid out
across the ‘river’).
Only one person can step on a stone at any time.
Once that person moves from the stone, the stone will
sink to the bottom of the river.
The task is to get everyone across safely.
Your team must communicate effectively to get everyone
Team Building
Questions to Ponder…
What roles did people take in the group?
Was there a leader? Who? Why?
Did anyone feel left out? Why?
What was the action plan?
How did you communicate?
What worked well?
What didn’t work?
What would you do next time?
Primary years programme presentation
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new
landscapes but in having new eyes.”
—Marcel Proust
What do you already know?
In your Groups Discuss, write and share.
We need 5 groups
We have 15 minutes
Your ideas about the PYP
Your questions about the
What is the International Baccalaureate
A non-profit educational and non-governmental organization (NGO)
Funded by fees from IB World Schools
Offers three programs of international education for students aged 3-19 years
The Diploma Program at the high school level (grades 9-12)
The Middle Years Program (MYP) (students 11-16 years old)
The Primary Years Program (PYP) (for students 3-12 years old)
The mission of the IBO is :
To develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young
To create a better and more peaceful world through
intercultural understanding and respect.
To work with schools, governments, and international
organizations to develop challenging programs of
International education and rigorous assessment.
To encourage students worldwide to become active,
compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand
that other people, with their differences, can also be
To help students become internationally minded people
International Mindedness
In your groups
Draw two columns on a flip chart.
Make a list of: What makes you international.
In the other column, make a list of: How you
would adjust some of your practices at ENS to
make you International Minded.
Share with other groups – Gallery Walk
What does it mean to be “internationally
minded” and why is it important?
It is a thoughtful, critical perspective that applies
to who we are and what we do.
It includes how we communicate, our political
awareness, cultural understanding, celebrating
diversity, global awareness of global issues
It is a reflection on how knowledge is constructed
and applied. At ENS, we would like to focus on
moving students toward becoming people who
reflect the characteristics of the “Learner Profile.”
International mindedness
“The learner profile is central to the PYP
definition of what it means to be internationally
minded, and it directs schools to focus on the
learning. IB World Schools should be proud to
send out into the world students who exemplify
the attributes expressed in this profile.”
Making the PYP Happen, p. 2 ©IBO 2007
The Learner Profile
Which of these best describe you? Why do you think so?
The daily expressions of the “Learner
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
-Winston Churchill
Teaching and learning in the PYP
“commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry that engages
students actively in their own learning.”
“inquiry… is recognized as allowing students to be actively
involved in their own learning and to take responsibility for that
learning. Inquiry allows each student’s understanding of the
world to develop in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that
How does the PYP differ from “traditional” methods? Work in groups and
Traditional teaching methodology
Constructivism theory/methodology
Teachers, Students and Other Adults
The curriculum framework
Curriculum: How
will we know what
we have learned?
Written curriculum: What do
we want to learn?
How best will
we learn?
 The framework focuses on developing certain knowledge, concepts, skills,
attitudes, and action
 The framework helps students develop an international perspective, universal
human values, and cultural awareness
Essential elements of the PYP
Programme of inquiry
6 transdisciplinary themes
 Science
 Social studies
 The arts
 Languages
 Physical Education
 Information Communication Technology
 Mathematics
 Language
Understanding is not always best demonstrated through a
piece of written work or a traditional exam.
Assessment in IB PYP is “criterion referenced.” This means
students are scored against standards, not against each
Teachers will give the student a rubric on larger assignments
that explains to the students what is expected of them
A rubric defines what are the standards or requirements
that need to be accomplished in order to achieve the overall
target or goal.
It is NOT assessment of learning, but it is assessment for
learning. The point is that our students are able to apply
their learning to the world around them.
Why we considered the PYP for our school?
 Structured inquiry as the vehicle for learning
 Six transdisciplinary themes provide the framework for exploration and
construction of knowledge
 Students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential
skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially
responsible action.
 International standards for measuring teaching and learning
 Challenging academic programs
 A global professional network for educators to learn effective classroom
practices and teaching strategies
 Curriculum framework, program evaluation and mentoring
 Smoother transition to the Middle Years Programme (MYP
Sources used in compiling this
PYP for Dummies- International School of Kazagstan- Parents
Making the PYP Happen- A curriculum Framework for an
International education
Making the PYP Happen- Pedagogical Leadership in the PYP
Primary Years Programme A Basis for Practice
International School of Zug – PYP Essential Elements
Teacher Evaluation
Process & Rubric
Smart Goals

PowerPoint Presentation - What is the PYP programme?