At Peninsula East Primary Academy, we are working towards becoming an International Baccalaureate School and are currently teaching our children within the framework of the PYP (Primary Years Programme). This framework allows pupils to be taught the curriculum in a child-centered way with the aim of creating children who will be globally aware and lifelong learners. As part of this learning the children are taught the skills for learning which they can then apply to all areas of the curriculum.
What is inquiry-based learning?
Inquiry-based learning emphasises a children’s role in the learning process and asks them to engage with an idea or topic in an active way, rather than by just sitting and listening to a teacher. The overall goal of an inquiry-based approach is for children to make meaning of what they are learning about and to understand how a concept works in a real-world context.
What are key concepts?
As part of their learning the children explore seven Key Concepts defined by the PYP are form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective and responsibility. Teaching through these concepts allows teachers to help students construct mental models of how things work and connect throughout the world.
What are the sustainable development goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals have been created by the United Nations in order to try and achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. As a school we feel that it is important for the children to have an understanding of these goals and for us to work towards making a difference. As a school we have selected to focus on goal number 12 – Responsible production and consumption. When learning we encourage the children to reflect on this goal and how the knowledge they have learnt could support it.