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Primary Years Programme

The International School of Uganda is in an elite group of schools throughout the world that is authorized to offer all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes (PYP, MYP and DP). Innovative and committed teachers from IB World Schools have contributed to the development of each programme. IB teachers clearly believe in a style of teaching that not only stimulates curiosity, inquiry, reflection and critical thinking, but also promotes the development of empathy.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) focuses on the development of the whole child by teaching positive attitudes and attributes that enable students to take responsible action. The goal of the PYP is to address the whole child, to encourage independent lifelong learning, to gain understandings relevant to our world, and to support global awareness and citizenship.

The PYP is a guideline for curriculum development that is designed around concept-based teaching and inquiry-based learning. The framework is held together by six Transdisciplinary Themes that the IB has determined have global significance. The six Themes and their guiding questions are: Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organise Ourselves and Sharing the Planet.

From Early Childhood (EC) to Grade 5 teachers develop Units of Inquiry by grade level, which are balanced and aligned within the Programme of Inquiry, the curriculum guide for the Junior School. These Units integrate subject knowledge across the main curriculum areas of Languages; Mathematics; Social Studies; Science and Technology; The Arts; Personal, Physical And Social Education (PSPE).The curriculum framework focuses on the essential elements of knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action to prepare learners for success within the classroom and throughout life.

ISU was authorised in November 2007 to offer the IB Primary Years Programme. The teaching staff includes three PYP workshop leaders, two online facilitators, one school visitor and one PYP consultant, alongside a highly qualified team of teachers and teaching assistants.

Sarah Ssengendo
Primary Years Programme Coordinator

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