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Learning in the PYP

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The IB Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework for children ages 3-12. At KIS, the PYP covers grades 1-6. We have an inquiry and concept-based curriculum that is organized according the 6 transdisciplinary themes outlined by the IB. We seek to develop skills within the various approaches to learning (thinking, research, social, communication, self-management).

PYP Playlist - The three pillars of the PYP Curriculum


Learning through agency

Students in the PYP are encouraged to show agency. This means that they have voice, choice and ownership in their own learning. They should be able to express what they think and feel about a topic. They are encouraged to make choices about what and how they explore the big ideas. Taking responsibility for their learning is promoted. Taking action on what they learn helps it stick.


Examining Learner Agency - information poster


Inquiry-based learning

Children are naturally curious. They are constantly asking questions and are interested in figuring out the world around them. The teaching and learning in the PYP seeks to harness this natural curiosity in repeated cycles of inquiry.


Powerful inquirers - IB information site


Inquiry approach - IB information site


Concept-based learning

There is so much information in the world, and more is becoming available every day. Students in the PYP are encouraged to use conceptual lenses as they learn new facts. These conceptual lenses help them organize and evaluate the information. They are encouraged to see how knowledge is interconnected.  


Concept-based learning - IB information site


Learning through play

KIS PYP places a premium on the joyful exploration of ideas. Through play students have the chance to explore their curiosities and deepen their understanding of their learning. Children become skilled at being group members, asking questions and exploring. Play gives students the students opportunities to develop their social skills, problem solving, and physical development. We can also develop our IB learner profile by collaborating, making judgments, learning how to learn and becoming increasingly independent.


Learning through field trips and overnight experiences in the PYP

Students throughout the PYP participate in many excursions in the local community and the nearby area. Many of these trips are directly connected to the Programme of Inquiry. Others are related to the Personal, Social and Physical Education (PSPE) program.


The typical progression of overnight experiences for KIS PYP:

  • Grade 2 – Overnight at school – focus on independence and collaboration

  • Grade 3 – One night at Langedrag Nature Park – learning about animals from Norway

  • Grade 4 – Two nights at Akkerhaugen – participating in group activities, introduction to canoeing

  • Grade 5 – Three nights on Malmøya – learning about the flora and fauna of the coast of Norway

  • Grade 6 – Three nights in DNT - KOT cabin, normally on Blefjell – practicing independence and learning basic mountain survival skills

Please also see this presentation of lower primary at KIS found on YouTube! Click here.

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