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PYP at Tonge Moor CP School
Tonge Moor Primary School offers the Primary Year Programme (PYP)

The PYP is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child. In this we recognise that the best learning takes place when children are allowed to make connections and build upon what they already know. Children are encouraged to formulate their own questions, research the answers, reflect on their findings and take action.


The aim of the IB is to develop internationally minded people who will help to create a better and more peaceful world. The Learner Profile is a set of attributes which the IB believes such learners will demonstrate.

The Learner Profile


At Tonge Moor CP School we hope to develop children who will be:-













The PYP Written Curriculum


The PYP Written Curriculum consists of 5 Essential Elements:-

Knowledge, Concepts, Skills, Attitudes and Action.




This is the content which children explore. It covers the subject areas of language, mathematics, science, social studies, arts and personal, social and physical education.

It is organised into 6 Transdisciplinary Themes:-


Who we are

                   Where we are in Place and Time               

 How we express Ourselves

 How the World Works 

How we organise Ourselves

 Sharing the Planet.


Children from Year 1 – Year 6 explore six Units of Inquiry each year, one from each Transdisciplinary Theme. Nursery and Reception children explore four Units of Inquiry.



Concepts help children construct meaning and develop their thinking and learning about the world. There are eight key concepts:-


Form - What is it like ?

Function - How does it work ?


Causation - Why is it the way it is ?


Change - How does it change ?


Connection - How is it connected to other things ?

Perspective - What are the other points of view ?

Responsibility - What is our responsibility ?

Reflection - How do we know ?




Children need to develop a wide range of skills which they can apply to all areas of learning within and outside school. The 5 groups of Transdisciplinary Skills are:–


Thinking Skills – how we think and learn

Social Skills – how we work with others

Communication Skills – how we show or share our learning

Self-Management Skills – how we organise and take care of ourselves

Research Skills – how we find out answers




Attitudes contribute to well-being and it is important that children are encouraged to develop these attitudes towards others, the environment and towards learning:-
















Action is a product of Inquiry. The aim is that during or after a Unit of Inquiry children will independently take responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action which will extend their learning or have a wider impact. Action could be additional research linked to the Inquiry, going to the library, talking to someone, making notes, bringing to school an artefact or could be more wide reaching, writing a letter, organising a petition, fund raising, service within the school or wider community.


International Baccalaureate Organisation

Mission Statement


The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

More information about the International Baccalaureate can be found at www.ibo.org


If you have any further questions, please come in or contact Mrs Darlaston.



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