14 August 2017

The Transdisciplinary Nature of the Programme

The PYP acknowledges the importance of subject areas;Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, The Arts (Visual Art, Music, Dance, Drama), Physical Education and personal, social education. However, the PYP also recognises that educating students in a set of isolated subject areas, while necessary, is not sufficient. Of equal importance is the need to acquire skills in context, and to explore content that is relevant to students and transcends the boundaries of the traditional subjects.

"To be truly educated, a student must also make connections across the disciplines, discover ways to integrate the separate subjects, and ultimately relate what they learn to life" (Boyer 1995: 82).

The programme defines transdisciplinary themes that identify areas of shared human experience and have meaning for individuals from different cultures and ethnicities. These themes are part of the common ground that unifies the learning in all IB World Schools offering the PYP. They provide the opportunity to incorporate both local and global issues in the knowledge component of the PYP written curriculum-what we want students to know about.

There are six transdisciplinary themes:

Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet


Mr Warwick Norman

Junior School Dean of Teaching & Learning