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International Baccalaureate Program
Fountain International Magnet School is an authorized IB world school and is proud to be implementing the IB Primary Years Programme.
Our mission at Fountain International Magnet School, in cooperation with students, families and communities, is to educate children as balanced individuals, global thinkers, and caring citizens. This will be accomplished in a safe environment through rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum supported by technology and guided by purposeful assessment.
IBO Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring students who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The Primary Years Programme
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.
The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.
The PYP aims to develop in students:
- sensitivity to the experiences of others through the curriculum
- the characteristics listed in the student learner profile
- the attitudes that are an explicit element of the programme
- the expectation of socially responsible action as a result of the learning experience.
For more information about the IB Programme click on following links.
Who can offer the programme?
Only IB World Schools (schools authorized by the IB) and candidate schools can offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
There are three phases to becoming an IB World School, authorized to offer the PYP.
- Consideration phase: feasibility study and identification of resources
The school makes an in-depth analysis of the philosophy and curriculum, and identifies the resources needed to deliver it.
- Candidate phase: trial implementation period
The school implements all the processes and resources needed to deliver the programme, including the training of teachers. The school must then implement the full programme for at least one year.
- Final phase: school visit by an IB visiting team
At the end of the trial period, a delegation appointed by the IB visits the school and evaluates the school’s capacity to deliver the programme. If the outcome is positive, the school becomes authorized to offer the programme and attains the status of IB World School.
The school’s delivery of the programme is evaluated by the IB three years after authorization and then every five years.
Primary Years Programme
Six transdisciplinary themes
Six transdisciplinary themes of global significance provide the framework for exploration and study:
- 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.
Teachers are guided by these six transdisciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry that both transcend and articulate conventional subject boundaries.
The programme can be illustrated by a hexagon with the six transdisciplinary themes surrounding six subject areas:
- social studies
- personal, social and physical education.
The transdisciplinary themes and subject areas outlined above form the knowledge element of the programme.
Five essential elements
The five essential elements - concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action, are incorporated into this framework, so that students are given the opportunity to:
- gain knowledge that is relevant and of global significance
- develop an understanding of concepts, which allows them to make connections throughout their learning
- acquire transdisciplinary and disciplinary skills
- develop attitudes that will lead to international-mindedness
- take action as a consequence of their learning.
The curriculum is expressed in three interrelated ways:
- the written curriculum—what do we want to learn?
- the taught curriculum—how best will we learn?
- the assessed curriculum—how will we know what we have learned?
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