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The IB Primary Years
Program (PYP)
curriculum in details

The IB-PYP is the only program we use at our elementary school. It covers our early learning center in Beirut, as well as all elementary grades up to the end of Elementary school (Grade 5). Anyone who is accepted and enrolled at Eastwood International School is automatically placed into the program.
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Learning Methodologies

How do children learn differently with
the IB-PYP at our school in Beirut?

Our primary work is to teach children how to teach themselves; to teach them how to learn and think and do without us; how to reflect on themselves as learners, as individuals, and as members of multiple, interconnected communities. And so, at our Beirut elementary school, learning is very practical, applicable and enjoyable. The PYP engages the student in the following ways, which are considered modern in thought, practice and focus when compared to traditional teaching goals:

Self-directed learning
The IB-PYP encourages self-directed learning, based on student interests, in collaboration with the teacher. We recognize that each child comes with a unique set of hopes, dreams, passions, backgrounds, talents, needs, knowledge, and experiences. Their entire makeup can contribute to their individual advancements, without having to wait for others to catch up to them, or vise versa. In other words, the child is seen as competent and capable of investigation and problem solving, as long as they are driven and motivated to do so. In our curriculum, students are thus often the creators of their own projects, and not the executors on a task that is given to them. Teachers and students construct their studies together, then reflect on the process and direction of their learning along the way. This fosters independence, and a sense of taking responsibility for their own work.

Transdisciplinary studies
The PYP is also is heavily focused on transdisciplinary studies, where the lines between subject areas are dissolved, just as they are in the real world. For example, students may be exploring the concept of businesses being human ventures that can bring profit or loss. In this overall scheme, the following disciplines are taught:

• Math and coding: students learn how data is handled, and how money is transacted.

• Language Arts: students practice their writing by articulating business plans.

• Social Studies: students learn about the economical activities of businesses, the types of businesses, and the concepts of supply and demand in economics.

• Science: students learn about the use of natural resources in making products.

• Performing Arts: students may look into the movie production industry as a business.

• French and Arabic: students learn the importance of acquiring the knowledge of customers and suppliers.

• Physical Education: students learn about sports-related businesses, such as how sports equipment is bought and sold.
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Real-world, hands-on learning

In order to mimic the ‘real world’ as much as possible, students at our elementary school in Beirut are involved in their community for much of their learning. Their learning experiences draw on all disciplines to address, investigate, or solve actual issues in the school, or in their local or global community.

Their “community,” at this age, can be the school, their neighborhood, their group of friends, their extracurricular organizations or other places where their own actions make an impact on others. We believe our children are not citizens-in-waiting. They can use their learning - today - to participate in meaningful action within these communities.

To that end, students in our elementary school program regularly go ‘out into the field’ to study ideas or topics as they truly are. For example, they go to fossil quarries, museums, ancient ruins, airfields, mountains, rivers, and government buildings; anywhere that will further their understanding of a unit they are exploring. We aim to provide for the acquisition of meaningful, applicable knowledge.

Students also meet with professionals in various fields. These can be pilots, water treatment experts, mountain climbing teams, architects, authors, firefighters or government officials. We engage with these professionals so that students can conduct interviews, or seek advice on how to take action on a particular issue.

There are no limits on the number of field trips our students take each year. However, on average, we take one trip per unit, which can be at least six field outings per year. Our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme | EIS
Their learning experiences draw on all disciplines to address, investigate, or solve actual issues in the school, or in their local or global community.

The PYP Exhibition

As with all IB Primary Years Program schools around the world, our students participate in a yearly, 9 week, “unit of inquiry.” This culminates in what is called the “PYP Exhibition.”

The “unit of inquiry” is a learning experience where children decide on a research project they will do as a team, and with their teachers acting as mentors. The children are encouraged to inquire into real-life matters in local and international communities. They design their approach, the concepts they will explore, the central ideas of the unit, and the action they will take as a result of their research.
This approach and these explorations, quite naturally, are transdisciplinary in nature.

Through powerful integration and an emphasis on inquiry, the boundaries between subject areas become bridged again. Children use knowledge beyond, and between, those boundaries to solve problems. They answer the questions they themselves have developed - the very questions that drove their inquiry. At the end of it all, the children then present their projects to parents, and the school community, in a celebratory event.
Through powerful integration and an emphasis on inquiry, the boundaries between subject areas become bridged again. Children use knowledge beyond, and between, those boundaries to solve problems.

Program Schedule

What is the schedule like at our private school in Beirut?

The scheduling of our elementary school program gives attention to different “units of inquiry,” or themes of study across the year. The subjects are given their weight with more time allocation, while still allowing for transdisciplinary instruction, as mentioned above. While there can be fluidity in scheduling with PYP-style learning, students still get exposure to the ‘normal’ subjects that would be expected of any elementary school program. And surely, our school takes into account the need for elementary school students to transition into middle school and high school.
weekly school timetable elementary school students
GRADES 1-5
NUMBER OF PERIODS
7
(40 MINUTES EACH)
NUMBER OF BREAKS
2
(PER DAY)
TOTAL
31.8
(HOURS PER WEEK)
OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S YEARLY CALENDAR
GRADES 1-5
TRIMESTER 1
(Start of school) Fall to February
TRIMESTER 2
February to June
typical weekly schedule IB-PYP elementary school students
SUBJECT
# OF PERIODS
MINUTES
ENGLISH
8.75
350
FRENCH
3
120
ARABIC
8
320
MATHS
8.5
340
SCIENCE
7
280
SOCIAL STUDIES
4.5
180
PERFORMING ARTS
2
80
VISUAL ARTS
1.75
70
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
2
80
CODING
1.25
50
YOGA/MINDFULNESS
1
40
ICT* = Information Communication Technology
GENERAL RULES AND CONDITIONS
● Students may not leave the school grounds during the day while enrolled in the IB-PYP program, even though the IB high school program does allow students to leave the premises.

● Teachers are given autonomy to structure their class schedules differently, and in coordination with other teachers. Every year, the schedule may be revisited to allow for improvements, or new ways of teaching various ‘cross over’ subjects. However, the allocation of time towards each subject remains the same.
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Our early years program uses a different schedule, but similar subjects. These years cover the Nursery, and two years of Kindergarten (KG1 and KG2). You can read more about our early years program here.
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