The Ascot Upper Primary School
Ascot’s Upper Primary school is committed to providing students with hands on and experiential learning opportunities. We encourage our students to take ownership over their learning by being an active participant in the planning and direction of their inquiries. Through collaborative and transdisciplinary approaches to exploring authentic and relevant issues, our students develop the skills needed to become successful global citizens in a dynamic world. Our dedicated and qualified teaching team ensures that our vision, mission, values and the essential elements of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)* underpins all aspects of our Upper Primary programme.
What is the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Year Programme is a leading curriculum framework for international primary education. Designed for schools with students aged 3 to 12, the PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
With its rigorous research and inquiry based curriculum, the PYP transforms schools’ pedagogical practices, placing teachers, students and leaders in the core of the programme. As a result, students become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. PYP students are not only well prepared for the next stage of education, but also for participation in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and subsequently the Diploma Programme (DP).
The PYP Curriculum Framework
These five essential elements that students need to lead successful lives underpin the PYP’s curriculum framework. Schools work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary education curriculum that is transdisciplinary, engaging, relevant, and significant. The PYP is offered by many types of schools around the world, including state schools, private schools and international schools. As a flexible curriculum framework, the PYP is able to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums. With local and global issues incorporated into the PYP curriculum, students are asked to look at look at six related themes and to consider the links between them.
The themes include: ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works.’ Nurturing independent learning skills, and encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning, the PYP develops students’ academic, social and emotional well-being, while simultaneously focusing on international-mindedness and the development of strong personal values.
Assessment in the PYP
Through assessment, the IB helps schools teaching the PYP to identify what students know, understand, can do and value at different stages in the teaching and learning process. In the PYP, learning is viewed as a continuous journey, where teachers identify students’ needs and use assessment data to plan the next stage of their learning. The purposes of assessment in the PYP are to:
-promote student learning
-provide information about student learning
-contribute to the successful implementation of the programme
Teachers use a wide range of assessment strategies to collect information on each of the elements represented in the written curriculum: the understanding of concepts, the acquisition of knowledge, the mastering of skills, the development of positive attitudes and the ability to take responsible action.
What are the Learner Profiles and why do we use them?
At Ascot we firmly believe that strong partnerships between home and school are crucial in your child’s well-being and development. We encourage an open door policy whereby parents can come and talk to us about any issue regarding their child’s welfare and learning.
Throughout the academic year parents will be invited to presentations and workshops. These are designed to keep parents informed and to support parents with home learning. We also invite parents to celebration days and to activity days. We very much want parents to be part of our community, and to have more than just a snap-shot of what their children do at school.
*Mission Statement from the IB:
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 programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.