Primary Years Program (JrK-Gr 5)

Aspengrove Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten through Grade 5

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PYP Program Cover

During students’ early years, the curriculum promotes growth in several areas: academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 are taught by classroom teachers for language arts, mathematics, social studies, art, and science. Specialist teachers provide instruction in performing arts, computer studies, French, and physical education.

Regular homework is assigned in Grades 2 through 5. The amount and type of homework is carefully geared to student age and development.

Primary Years Program model

The innermost circle unites the pedagogy of the PYP with its essential elements:

  • The three components of the PYP curriculum cycle (written, taught and assessed) now embodied in Approaches to Teaching, aligns with MYP, DP and IBCC programmes. It reinforces the PYP pedagogy of authentic learning that is inquiry-based and conceptually driven
  • The essential element of skills (subject related and transdisciplinary) represented on the new model as Approaches to Learning, is also in alignment with MYP, DP and IBCC
  • Concepts feature separately to show the alignment with MYP
  • Attitudes remain one of the PYP essential elements.

The PYP culminates in the Exhibition, and this features on the new model. This circle demonstrates the clear alignment with action, and with the culminating activities in MYP, DP and IBCC.

There are still six subject groups in the next inner circle, but the distinction between them is less marked to indicate the transdisciplinary nature of the PYP.  The six transdisciplinary themes remain, and are represented in a more interconnected way in the second  outermost circle. International-mindedness, encompassing more than just the individual learner, features in the outermost circle as it underpins and aligns the PYP with the three other programmes.