IB PYP: PK - 5


Rather than relying on traditional content-driven pedagogy, Walden offers an approach that inspires discovery and experiential learning. Furthermore, there is unprecedented attention and commitment to student needs and well-being.

Walden International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School delivering the Primary Years Programme. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a leading curriculum framework for international primary education focused on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

Students become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.

PYP Early Years Setting

Walden will introduce the PYP programme in an Early Years Setting in September 2019. Early learning in the PYP is a holistic experience that integrates socio-emotional, physical and cognitive development. 

Research by the Centre on the Developing Child, Harvard University, underlines the importance of preschool. It indicates that for children to reach their full potential, they need stimulating and appropriate experiences in the earliest years, when their brain is optimally programmed to benefit from these experiences. 

And, research supports the effectiveness of the IB’s PYP in an early years setting. A study by researchers from Deakin University in Australia of four such programmes in both Australia and Singapore found that literacy skills were fairly developed; children were performing at rates commensurate with or better in terms of school readiness; and, children were developing learning skills at higher rates than a comparative sample. 

The PYP Curriculum Framework

Knowledge Concept Skill Attitude Action

These five essential elements that students need to lead successful lives underpin the PYP’s curriculum framework. Schools work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary education curriculum that is transdisciplinary, engaging, relevant, and significant.

With local and global issues incorporated into the PYP curriculum, students are asked to look at six related 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’.

Nurturing independent learning skills, and encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning, the PYP develops students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, while simultaneously focusing on international-mindedness and the development of strong personal values.*

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*Adapted from ©International Baccalaureate Organization 2016

Looking Forward

The process undertaken to become an accredited IB World School is rigorous and one we enthusiastically embrace because of our ardent belief that we must teach students how to function effectively on a global stage. To that end, Walden has applied for candidacy to deliver the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) at its Oakville Campus.  

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

Why the emphasis on global learning?

We believe, actually, we know, that we all learn more effectively when we remain curious and open to thoughts from people and institutions outside of our own silos. For example, we discovered this video from India’s Next School. It’s a great example of how we approach education at Walden and how we embrace global thinking. We hope you find it inspiring and relevant.