The Primary Years Program (PYP) at MADAC is for children ages 3 – 12 and the student is at the center of the model. The IB Learner profile develops well-rounded and internationally minded students. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning it goes beyond subject areas. The curriculum framework includes four elements: knowledge, concepts, skills and action. The PYP is arranged according to a written, taught and assessed curriculum. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and can participate in the world around them. The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
The Program of Inquiry (POI) shows the continuum of student learning across their years in the PYP. It includes the Unit Names and descriptions, central ideas, lines of inquiry, key and related concepts, skills, MADAC values and IB learner Profile attributes that students will learn in every unit.
To implement the IB Program at MADAC, students learn through inquiry. Trained IB teachers deliver the program, focusing on local issues first, and then moving further out to international and global issues. Students take with them not only content knowledge but conceptual knowledge and skills that carry with them throughout their lives. Teachers use various strategies in the classroom and outside to ensure learning and growth is witnessed in every child. Our students go on field trips, are visited by parents and community visitors and that help them make relevant connections to their learning in the classroom.
Inside the classroom, MADAC teachers encourage students to inquire by provoking their interest in new areas through videos, resources, pictures, walks through nature. They use various teaching strategies that range from discussions, brainstorming, mind-mapping, use of visible thinking strategies, activities and many other engagements that facilitate learning and growth. The PYP recognizes that every student is unique and teachers tailor learning engagements to the various styles, characters and the multiple intelligences of students. To do so, students will draw, listen, observe, watch, calculate, and learn in the various ways students learn.