Primary Years

Primary Years Programme

The JMS Primary school is for students from 6 years old to 11 years old, covering the second stage of schooling over Years 1 to 5.

With a class size of no more than eighteen students, an expat teacher and a teacher assistant each student can develop and reach their full potential.

The curriculum, based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), is an inquiry-based approach.

This world-recognized program offers our students an inquiry-based curriculum that is engaging, dynamic and challenging.
 
Our students actively build on their knowledge and their understanding of the world around them.
 
In taking increasing responsibility for their learning, they develop all the attributes that will lead them onto to success in Secondary School.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme ( IB PYP) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to engage with the world in a ‘hands-on’ and interactive manner, encouraging an active learning approach.

The PYP is a developmental, inquiry-based programme where students are guided through learning experiences based on real-life, which provide opportunities for students to build meaning and refine understanding from experiences in the social and physical world that surrounds them.

We emphasize conceptual understanding, make connections to both local and global contexts, and focus on effective teamwork and collaboration.

The PYP aims for a balance between acquiring essential knowledge and skills, whilst developing conceptual understanding, positive attitudes and the taking of responsible action.

To help achieve this balance, the five essential elements are emphasised: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action.

The PYP is organised around six transdisciplinary themes across to reflect the complexity and interconnectedness of the real world, our PYP program highlights transdisciplinary skills that require our students to investigate deep topics that span beyond traditional subject areas, such as:

  1. Who we are
  2. Where we are in place and time
  3. How we express ourselves
  4. How the world works
  5. How we organize ourselves
  6. Sharing the planet

The transdisciplinary themes allow students to think about and consider the big ideas which affect them and their world.

Through the Units of Inquiry (UOI), students explore local, national and global issues, whilst constantly returning to the individual and considering what relevance these concepts have for them.

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