International Baccalaureate

Primary Years Program

A Transdisciplinary Approach to Learning – Our Students in Action

Unlike traditional subject-based learning, the IB PYP framework encourages students to explore topics through various lenses. Knowledge is gained through a transdisciplinary approach drawing on all subjects which allows students to seek patterns and make real-world connections. The students engage in rich learning experiences as they actively engage with real-life scenarios, exploring concepts through hands-on experiences and inquiry-based learning.

Imagine a unit on Ancient Civilizations. Students might explore the engineering marvels of the pyramids in science, uncover daily life as history detectives, create myths inspired by discoveries, and craft artifacts with ancient techniques and materials. They may also observe the development of written language from hieroglyphs to modern alphabets, while experiencing cultural expression through traditional dances and music. This interconnected approach helps students:

  • Think Deeper: They see connections between seemingly separate subjects, fostering a more comprehensive understanding of the world.
  • Become Better Communicators: They express their knowledge and ideas effectively across different disciplines.
  • Develop as Responsible Individuals: They grapple with complex issues and learn to take action.

By going beyond subject boundaries, the IB PYP framework equips students with the skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners. The student’s learning goes beyond what to think by learning  how to think, which ultimately prepares them for success in an ever-changing world.

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Tessa International School

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