About IB
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers a curricular framework which fosters the growth of internationally-minded people. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the transdisciplinary curriculum designed for learners aged 3-12. 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 can be adopted by any school in any place in the world. It does not need to have an international student body.

 

Organizing Structure for the PYP Programme 
  • Units of Inquiry are designed by teachers to focus on the six organizing themes.  These six themes drive the process of inquiry that occurs throughout the year.
  • The Learner Profile describes the attributes emphasized in the PYP programme. In this way the PYP Programme encourages social, physical, emotional and cultural growth while offering an academically challenging curriculum.
  • An essential part of the PYP Programme is the knowledge and application of a second language. At Grandview Hills Elementary, students will learn Spanish in addition to a well-rounded curriculum including art, music, theatre arts and physical education. In fact, every Friday, our specials teachers for art, music, Spanish, theatre arts and physical education provide a multi-cultural activity from all these disciplines such as learning the Tango!
What, You Might Ask, Are Units of Inquiry?

The philosophy at the heart of the PYP is a commitment to structured inquiry as an ideal approach to learning. Teachers and students are guided by a series of basic questions as they design curricular units for exploration and study. Ideas of local and global significance reveal concerns shared by people of all nations.

At each grade level, six organizing themes are explored through specially selected, globally significant Units of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet, Who We Are, How We Organize Ourselves, Where We Are in Place and Time, How the World Works, and How We Express Ourselves.

Each Unit of Inquiry has a central idea, which is expressed in one or two sentences. For example, a class studying recycling may use as its central idea, "How does a small step in protecting the earth that I do impact the entire world?"
Recent examples of Units of Inquiry titles and study areas at Grandview Hills Elementary have included:

  • Animals 2x2
  • Maps and Landforms
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Oceans
  • Migration

Field trips and activities have taken children to many wonderful places within Texas while we have many speakers come to visit our campus!
Got IB Attitude?

The IB Attitudes and IB Learner Profile are demonstrated daily throughout Grandview Hills Elementary. Evidence of students and understanding the important global IB attitudes are expressed every day on campus. The IB Attitudes, which can and should be reinforced at home, are Acceptance, Appreciation, Commitment, Confidence, Cooperation, Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Independence, Integrity and Respect.
The IB Learner Profile describes ways for students to demonstrate appropriate IB behavior: Inquirer, Thinker, Communicator, Risk Taker, Knowledgeable, Caring, Well Balanced, Open Minded, Reflective and Principled.


For more information about IB, please visit www.ibo.org.