Primary Years Programme (PYP)

ib pyp logoWhat is the Primary Years Programme?

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for students in grades K-6 which focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The PYP offers powerful inquiry-based learning via transdisciplinary themes of global significance.

Corrales International School offers an IBO authorized primary years programme. The PYP at Corrales International School consists of grades K through 6.

In grade K and 1 students have one homeroom teacher and see specials (PE, Music, Art and Computers) twice each during the week for 45 minutes.  Instruction in the Kinder and 1st grade classrooms is 90% Spanish instruction, with students learning to read and write in Spanish.

Teachers in grades 2 and 3 as well as those in 4 and 5 share students with 50% of instruction in English and 50% in Spanish.  These students also have specials offered twice per week per subject (PE, Music, Art and Computers) for 45 minutes.

Students in Grade 6 have a homeroom teacher with instruction primarily in English. The students have Spanish 3 times per week and Mandarin Chinese 2 times per week.  Students also have Science or Social Studies offered in Spanish.  Specials consist of Art, Music and PE classes once per week.

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PYP Transdisciplinary Themes

The IB PYP curriculum framework, or Program of Inquiry, (PYP POI Calendar 2016-17), is developed within the six transdisciplinary themes of Who We Are, How We Express Ourselves, Where We Are in Time and Place, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves and Sharing the Planet. Based on a “whole child” philosophy, the IBO emphasizes personal development, physical education, the arts and technology as much as traditional academic subjects.

Bilingual Education Program

Our language program aims to develop bilingual and bi-literate individuals in English and Spanish. In our current school year, students in grades Kinder and 1st are immersed in Spanish for the majority of their school day.  Students learn to read in Spanish and English. Initial reading skills are taught in Spanish.  Second/third grades and fourth/fifth grades are team taught by pairs of our excellent PYP teachers, with each grade spending half of their time immersed in Spanish and the other entirely in English. For the 2016-2017  school year the percentage or hours of Spanish and English used in the classroom will be as follows:

Kindergarten =  90% Spanish 10% English

First Grade =  90% Spanish 10% English

Second Grade =  50% Spanish 50% English

Third Grade =  50% Spanish 50% English

Fourth Grade =  50% Spanish 50% English

Fifth Grade =  50% Spanish 50% English

Sixth Grade = 180 min per week in Spanish Class plus and 135 minutes per week of Social Studies in Spanish as well as 90 minutes per week in Chinese Class

PYP Key Elements

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