How and why the PYP curriculum is ideal for your kids

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The world is changing. Is your child’s curriculum keeping up? Here’s how Trio’s PYP curriculum helps children think differently and take on new-world challenges.

In August 2016, TRIO World Academy started following the Primary Years Program (PYP) curriculum. Here’s how PYP encourages skills for a new world order.

Learning isn’t static. It’s fun!

Talia, Trio World Academy’s PYP coordinator, stands with a group of children in the PYP resource room. The children are waiting to go to their next class. A first grade child stands with Talia, eager to read what’s in front of her. Talia points to the words in the book, tracking the sentences with her hand. The child looks excited, curious. Learning is hardly a static thing. It happens in between classes, away from desks and it certainly can be fun!

When one enters Trio World Academy, one immediately notices how the school’s design reflects every aspect of the IB curriculum. Every class room and resource room in the building has a little library in the corner, a recycle corner and a mat on the floor for children to lie down and play or read.

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Here are 3 significant ways the PYP curriculum is different

1. It challenges the students in every way

While there is plenty of freedom in the PYP curriculum, a deeper understanding of subjects is encouraged. Children are taught to think about consequences and contemplate the question: Do you agree with this or do you disagree? Will this work?

How Trio implements this

Grade 5 was treated to something special in the school’s art room. Instead of the usual art projects, they were given an impromptu workshop on logos and the power of images. Says Neha, the art teacher at Trio, “I showed them an invention by a friend of mine, the Tiffy Template.

What is the Tiffy template? It is a small plastic card that can help visually challenged people to find out which currency denomination is being given to them. The template has steps to indicate the length and a notch to indicate the width.

Art is not just about craft. It teaches students how to problem solve by using design.


2. It values personal history and local culture

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The IB curriculum is as international as it gets
but the PYP encourages children to speak in their mother tongues. Teachers ask the kids to go home and read a story in their mother tongue or converse with their grandmother, for instance.

How Trio implements this

A non-native child in Trio takes special English as a Second Language classes but learning is such a give-and-take process that the ESL teacher has started learning Japanese too!

Says Hema, the middle school coordinator, “Text books are good resources but there are so many other ways to learn – going to libraries, viewing slides, taking field trips, even taking a poll in a school or asking one’s grandmother. Children learned about statistics by going around the school and collecting information about all the people in it. They visited migrant workers and conducted first-hand research, even though many of them don’t even speak the same language.


3. It uses non-standardized testing tools

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Many IB students do remarkably well in standardized tests. In fact from grade 6 to 8, Trio follows Cambridge Secondary 1, with Cambridge Checkpoint Tests (standardized, external benchmarks that are of international standards) integrated into the curriculum.

On the other hand, the non-standardized ones are the hardest ones to master and are most reflective of the shape shifting career dynamics and scenario that’s out there in the world today.

How Trio implements this

Trio’s IB alumna, Maya Krishnan, is a Rhodes Scholar who studied philosophy, computer science and the classics at Stanford University. Her area of research? Philosophical implications of developments in computing! Children are encouraged to develop trans-disciplinary interests and to develop passion for subjects.

IB encourages skills like presentation literacy, activities and projects. Trio is one of the first schools in Bangalore to start its own TED Ed club.

The PYP Curriculum is rich, diverse and inclusive and those are not the only reasons you should consider the IB mode of education. A lot of educators now believe that the onus of learning, when placed on the kids and made fun in the process, makes it both a pleasure and a positive reinforcement.


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