Overview

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a transdisciplinary curriculum framework that offers authentic learning experiences.

The PYP encourages students to learn to appreciate knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and personal attributes as a connected whole.

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IB Candidacy School …

Our curriculum covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum but is arranged around inquiries into six different Transdisciplinary Themes. Eastcote Primary Academy is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), with the intention of pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. 

Overview of the pyp framework

International Mindedness

International-mindedness is central to the IB mission and is a foundational principle to its educational philosophy; it is at the heart of the continuum of international education.

International-mindedness is a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility towards its members. It is an awareness of the interrelatedness of all nations and peoples, and is a recognition of the complexity of these. Internationally minded people appreciate and value the diversity of peoples, cultures and societies in the world. They make efforts to learn more about others and to develop empathy and solidarity towards them to achieve mutual understanding and respect (Oxfam 2105; UNESCO 2015).

International mindedness venn diagram

Primary Years Programme (PYP) learners and their learning communities have a range of perspectives, values and traditions. The concept of international-mindedness builds on these diverse perspectives to generate a sense of common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

At Eastcote pupils appreciate and celebrate the diversity of cultures in our school, and the world as a whole. They are interested and curious to learn more about them. Eastcote welcomes the local community into the school to share their culture. For example: families have brought in religious artefacts to discuss, parents have taught children how to cook their traditional foods, grandparents have painted Mehndi designs on pupils’ hands, and  members of a local church organised a world reflection morning.  Pupils are very proud of their heritage and are keen to share. Regular assemblies are led by pupils sharing their culture and beliefs. Last year these ranged from assemblies about Israel, to Poland to Pakistan. It is evident that pupils have a real pride in not only their backgrounds, but also their peers.

Pupils at Eastcote are aware of the long-term consequences of human behaviour on the environment and on global society. They feel they can make a difference and are empowered to act. Pupils believe they can influence the world around them. After inspiration from assemblies and units of inquiry pupils have used their initiative to try and make a difference to the world. Examples include: pupils independently organising their own environmental group who encourage pupils to be responsible with their waste, a pupil delivering a whole school assembly on how she is developing her own invention for her disabled grandad to enable him to communicate with others, and a group of pupils adopting an animal. Teaching pupils through units of inquiry has strengthened their ability to understand issues on a personal, local, national and world level. For example: the pupils after their inquiry into ‘The efforts to maintain peace and resolve conflict can help humans live harmoniously’ could discuss peace on all four levels.  They could talk about their own inner peace and how they enjoyed meditation. They then made links to Remembrance Day and the Christmas Truce, the Peace Wall in Northern Ireland, and Buddhist beliefs around the world.

At Eastcote we believe that language learning is a tool to overcome cultural barriers. We are beginning to expose pupils to multiple languages. With over 25 languages being spoken by our families, we encourage children to share their languages with the class. Every pupil enjoys their weekly Spanish lessons. These build their confidence in communicating in different languages and learning about different cultures.

Co-curricular Eastcote Primary Academy

Part of the curriculum that particularly distinguishes Eastcote is its Co-Curriculum which promotes pupil voice and social responsibility. Every year we review and adapt it. Key to our curriculum is our focus on developing the whole person. One way we facilitate this is through our enrichment activities, such as enterprise week, book days, school trips, visitors, moral debate assemblies and reflection days which we evaluate yearly. 

Pupil responsibility through for example our house system;  peer mentoring and playground buddies develops principled, caring children who can share their opinions confidently and articulately.

Our Co-Curriculum includes: