The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Organization offers four high quality international education programmes to more than one million students in 144 countries.
At Cypress Park Primary, we offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for all students in K through to Grade 3.
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IB Primary Years Programme
Although the International Baccalaureate® was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland to help foster more globally minded learners, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) started in 1997 and currently is offered for students aged 3 – 12 in almost 1000 IB World Schools in over 140 countries worldwide.
At Cypress Park, the Primary Years Program (PYP) is for students from Kindergarten to Grade 3. With a primary focus on inquiry and concept-based learning, the students at CP are actively involved and engaged in their learning while developing important research and communication skills. The curriculum which is heavily based on the British Columbia foundation documents is further organized into 6 Units of Inquiry, falling under 6 distinct trans-disciplinary themes and typically lasting six weeks. At the end of Grade 3, under the guidance of their teacher and the IB Coordinator, the students at Cypress Park engage in a culminating activity called Exhibition. Students choose a real-life issue or problem to investigate and then present to the whole school community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the learner profile and IB attitudes at the same time as synthesizing the essential elements of the IB Programme that they have been developing throughout their engagement from Kindergarten to Grade 3.
Key Concepts in the PYP
Central to the philosophy of the PYP is the principle that purposeful, structured inquiry is a powerful vehicle for learning that promotes meaning and understanding, and challenges students to engage with significant ideas. Hence in the PYP there is also a commitment to a concept-driven curriculum as a means of supporting that inquiry (Making the PYP Happen, p. 15). By developing a deeper understanding of the 8 key concepts, IB learners begin to make more meaningful connections throughout their learning.
IB Learner Profile Traits and Attitudes
At Cypress Park, like in all PYP schools worldwide, we are committed to helping our students become increasingly familiar with the student Learner Profile and IB Attitudes. Our hope is to develop a strong sense of self in our learners that will enable them to be responsible global citizens exemplifying the attributes expressed in the IB learner profile. Further, we aim to develop the students’ personal awareness through the development and demonstration of the IB attitudes towards people (including themselves), their learning and the environment. Ultimately, the aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
PYP schools can and should meet the challenge of offering all learners the opportunity and the power to choose to act; to decide on their actions; and to reflect on these actions.
At Cypress Park, it is always our goal to teach the students with the vision of how their learning can help them to become more responsible citizens and to help make the world a better place. Through their actions, the students begin to make deeper connections with their learning, and, with the guidance of the staff and parent community, extend their learning in the form of service, be it in the classroom, on the playground, at home, or within the larger community. Ultimately, it is the expectation of the PYP that successful inquiry will lead to responsible action, initiated by the student as a result of the learning process.
IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.