Primary Years Programme (PYP)

PYP-IBModelThe PYP program is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 through 12. Wesley International Academy offers the PYP in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The students will be engaged as inquirers and thinkers and encouraged to make connections, think critically, work collaboratively with others, take action, and reflect.

There are six transdisciplinary themes interwoven within our curriculum and across the various subject areas that are studied in and outside of the classroom. The transdisciplinary nature of these themes allows the students to explore issues across the subject areas, encourage them to engage in a curriculum that is engaging, challenging, significant, and relevant to the real world, whilst incorporating the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

The curriculum framework of essential elements: knowledge (themes and subjects), concepts, approaches to learning (skills), attitudes and action equip the students to be successful in our 21st century global society.

 

Transdisciplinary Themes

Who We Are

Where We Are in Place and Time

How We Express Ourselves

How the World Works

How We Organize Ourselves

Sharing the Planet

 

Subject Areas

Mandarin Chinese

Social Studies

Mathematics

Science and Technology

Personal, Social and Physical Education

Arts: Music and Art

 

Through the PYP, we

    • address students’ academic, social and emotional well-being;
    • encourage students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning;
    • support students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it;
    • promote international mindedness through the learner profile attributes;
    • develop approaches to learning that will equip them for life in the 21st century.

 

As an Atlanta Public School (APS) charter school, Wesley International Academy must adhere to the standards required by the State of Georgia and APS. We follow the educational guidelines set forth by the Board of Education. We use the Common Core Standards, incorporating the IB methodology and approach within that framework. Our goal is for our students to exceed and excel beyond the standards set by the school system and be academically competitive by international standards of excellence. We are working towards a bigger aspiration, the discipline of learning and the process for acquiring it.

 

5th Grade Exhibition

In the 5th grade year, students will participate in the 5th Grade Exhibition. The Exhibition is the culminating experience for IB PYP students. As an integral part of the PYP philosophy, the Exhibition offers students an exciting opportunity to demonstrate both independence and responsibility for their own learning. The students undertake a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process in which they research and identify real-life problems, investigate options, propose solutions, and take some form of action to aid in the solution to the problem.