At LYBS, in our Primary School, Grades 1 to 5, we teach the Chinese National Curriculum (CNC), using Chinese and English as the languages for inquiry in our bilingual and integrated classes. Our teaching begins with the premise that students are agents of their own learning and partners in the learning process. Therefore, students are empowered to develop various capabilities. To guide them in this journey, we have articulated a foundation curriculum, an inquiry curriculum and an extended curriculum aiming at supporting our students develop as global citizens through the cultivation of international mindedness founded on conceptual understanding and inquiry learning. To strengthen this process of growth and development, we implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework which serves as the curriculum organizer and offers an in-depth guide to achieve authentic conceptual inquiry-based learning that is engaging, significant, challenging and relevant for primary school students.
More specifically, the IB PYP framework is informed by constructivist and social constructivist learning theories, placing emphasis on collaborative inquiry and integrative learning that honours the curiosity, voice, and contribution of the students as individual thinkers. It is designed for learners aged 3 to 11 and focuses on the development of the whole child both at school and beyond. Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the framework offers a transformative experience for students, teachers and whole school communities in a way that delivers excellent outcomes by providing an education that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. For more information, click here.
By choosing to implement the PYP framework alongside the Chinese National Curriculum, our school provides students with the learning experiences needed, so that they develop their distinct academic, social and emotional well-being, focusing on the rich Chinese heritage and deeply embedded social values. At LYBS, we nurture our students’ independent learning skills, encouraging each one of them to take responsibility for their learning. Consequently, learning at LYBS is a path through discovery, a process that invigorates learning and teaching within the Chinese National Curriculum and transforms the school community and culture.