Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Teaching the programme since 2015
The Primary Years Programme – PYP works with children from Infant (Playgroup, Pre-kinder and Kinder) and Junior School (year 2 to year 6) levels, who learn from an experiential way, in a warm and stimulating environment, which promotes a unique comprehensive development. The basis of the PYP recognizes that it is not only the knowledge makes what makes a student successful, but also the skills and attitudes developed along the way. Therefore, the programme is in full agreement with the educational plans of Chile.

How does it work?

The Saint John’s PYP fosters creation and innovation using inquiry to stimulate students in their learning. In our research-based program, textbooks are one of many resources used to support the comprehension of our students on a topic or concept. Our teachers guide and motivate their students to learn through dynamic and transdisciplinary experiences, where the students themselves are the main agent of their own learning. They work in groups, building their learning through cooperation, collaboration and exchange of personal experiences without disregarding their individual development.

What is the curricular activity?

The PYP is organized in three curricula: written, taught and evaluated
The written curriculum has five essential elements:
  • Knowledge: it is represented by the traditional subjects such as Mathematics, Language, Science and Social Sciences among others. These are also worked in a transdisciplinary way.
  • Concepts: students explore them through inquiry.
  • Skills: they are the capacities that students develop and apply in their learning.
  • Attitudes: These are related to the profile of the community and an international mentality.
  • Actions: responsible, considered and appropriate, as a product of an adequate inquiry.
Taught curriculum: inquiry is the heart of how teaching is carried out, when directed to specific purposes. This is where students are part of their own language through previous knowledge, new experiences and reflection. Assessed curriculum: It is related to the practice of am efficient evaluation through the use of a wide variety of evaluation strategies.

Exhibition: a real problem

In the last year, students carry out a collaborative project called “Exhibition”, where they perform a profound research on a real-life problem that is of interest to them. This is led by a teacher or guardian and that is shared with the entire school community at the end of the year.