The Primary Years Programme, Grade 1-6 (Aged 5-11 as on July 1st)
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) at OurPlanet school encourages our students to become life-long learners and will equip them with the academic and life skills to be responsible citizens in a rapidly changing global society. The PYP provides an opportunity for learners to construct meaning, principally through concept-driven inquiry. Traditional academic subjects are part of the programme but the PYP emphasizes the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills through a transdisciplinary programme of inquiry.
The most important premise of the PYP is that children learn through their own curiosity, and that it is the school’s responsibility to encourage them to be curious, to ask questions, and to explore ways of finding answers to their questions. This is called Inquiry Based Learning.
At the centre of the PYP curriculum are five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. These are developed and applied in a context defined by six organising themes, resulting in Units of Inquiry include; English Language, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Arts and P.E.
Arabic language will be provided for Arabic speakers and for those who do not have Arabic as their first language. Omani and first language Arabic speaking students (from the 22 Arab speaking nations) will generally be taught Arabic as a first language and social studies. During that time, other students will learn Arabic as a second language. Additionally, all Muslim students will learn Islamic Studies in accordance with the Omani Ministry of Education.
Arts are integral to IB PYP. Through this powerful mode of communication, students explore and construct a sense of self while developing a sense of the world around. It provides a wide range of opportunities to respond to experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives. It stimulates students to think and articulate thoughts in new ways and through a variety of media and technologies. PYP recognizes the need to go beyond language as a means to learn, and hence uses arts as a medium of inquiry to provide learning, communication and expression avenues. Learning about and through arts is fundamental to the development of a child. It promotes creativity, critical thinking, problem solving skills and social interaction.
At OurPlanet we offer Music, Visual Arts and Drama. Each of these is a significant discipline in its own right, but the transdisciplinary nature of arts gives them relevance throughout the curriculum. Arts promote attitudes such as empathy and appreciation, and skills such as analysis, which help us see the uniqueness in each person and explore the commonalities that connect us. Work in arts is a way of conveying meaning, sharing a culture, developing one’s sense of self, and expanding knowledge. It provides opportunity to reflect on the aesthetic experience, to engage the imagination and explore what is uncertain. Through engaging with and creating art, learners are encouraged to reconsider familiar concepts and think about issues of culture and identity. Students are encouraged to situate their own creativity in a broader context by responding to the work of other artists.
Creative process in arts makes students explore and experiment in a continual cycle of action and reflection. This creative process, seen by PYP, is the driving force in inquiry based learning. At OurPlanet, students are given the opportunity to develop genuine interests, give careful consideration to their work and become self-critical and reflective. Evaluating their own work and of others is vital in empowering students to take intellectual risks. Exposure to arts opens doors to questions about life and learning. The process of art creation and appreciation is gratifying and shapes life-long creative thinkers.
- Responding: the process of responding provides students with opportunities to respond to their own and other artists’ works and processes, and in so doing develop the skills of critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation, reflection and communication.
- Creating: the process of creating provides students with opportunities to communicate distinctive forms of meaning, develop their technical skills, take creative risks, solve problems and visualize consequences. Students are encouraged to draw on their imagination, experiences and knowledge of materials and processes as starting points for creative exploration.
MYP arts brings forth the artists and learners of arts in students. Artists are curious. Curiosity about the self and the world makes students effective inquirers, seekers, learners and creative problem solvers. Creating, performing and presenting arts to engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas helps students acquire new skills and master those developed in prior learning.
Learning arts is a dynamic and not necessarily a linear process. Students move towards a deeper understanding of arts by creating artwork and products, experiencing and demonstrating what is learned and attempted to convey.
MYP arts stimulate imagination, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytical skills. The course encourages students to understand the context and cultural histories of artworks, support inquiring and develop an empathetic world view. Arts challenge and enrich personal identity and build awareness of the aesthetic in a real world context.
- Knowledge and understanding
- Skill development
- Creative thinking
Although the objectives can be addressed separately to scaffold learning, collectively they enrich teaching and learning of the arts.
Significance of arts in MYP
Arts stimulate imagination, challenge perceptions and develop critical and analytical skills. Involvement in arts encourage students to understand the cultural histories of artworks, thereby supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic world view. Arts build and enrich a personal identity and make students aware of the aesthetic in a real-world context.
Field trips and excursions take students away from their daily routine to experience nature, discover new perspectives and appreciate different cultural traditions.
- Create and present art
- Develop skills specific to the discipline
- Engage in the process of creative exploration and (self-)discovery
- Make purposeful connections between investigation and practice
- Understand the relationship between art and its context
- Respond to and reflect on art
- Deepen the understanding of the world
MYP promotes sustained inquiry in arts by developing conceptual understanding within global contexts.