International Baccalaureate

Milo Community School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate program (Primary Years Program). 

What is the PYP?

The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

It prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers, focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

What the PYP offers students

By choosing to implement the PYP, schools will develop students’ academic, social and emotional well-being, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.

The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works’.

The PYP provides a curriculum framework of 5 essential elements:

  1. Knowledge- content in math, language, social studies, science and the arts
  2. Concepts- important ideas that have universal significance regardless of time or place within and across disciplines. Concepts are presented in the forms of questions that drive the inquiry. 
  3. Skills- specific capabilities in thinking, social interactions, communication, self-management, and research
  4. Attitudes- dispositions, values, beliefs and feelings towards learning
  5. Action- Making changes to and in the world.