Primary Years (ages 6-11)
At Amity International School Amsterdam students in Primary Years (6 - 11 years old) learn and inquire about the world around them through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is a child-centred education framework that prepares our students for a lifelong learning adventure. The IB PYP is built around the essential elements of knowledge, skills, concepts and action. The programme supports children to become well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.
“The PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.”
Inquiry-based teaching and learning is at the core of the PYP. Inquiry-based learning occurs when students learn through experience. Our PYP teachers then facilitate children in developing that initial inquiry to build deep understanding, knowledge and to take action. Inquiries are investigations into important ideas, which require a high level student initiative, involvement and commitment.
In the Primary Years Programme, learning is planned through six transdisciplinary themes. These themes have global significance for all students in all cultures and provide the opportunity to explore the commonalities of human experience:
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organise ourselves
- Sharing the planet
These themes provide us with the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively move beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.