IB – PYP

  • The Primary Years Program spans from Nursery to Year 5 catering to ages 3 to 12 year olds.
  • Each grade covers six transdisciplinary themes that are set by the International Baccalaureate keeping all aspects of student learning in consideration.
  • Apart from academics, PYP incorporates concepts, skills, and attitudes and attributes enabling students to become lifelong learners.
  • Transdisciplinary lesson plans include local and global issues, enhancing student awareness and making them responsible community members.
  • All teachers in the PYP have received numerous International Baccalaureate (IB) professional development trainings.
  • Headstart Primary Years Program has entered its final stage of authorization from the IB.
  • The school believes in establishing a strong parent-school relationship at the heart of which is student learning for which we use various softwares that allow parents to provide frequent feedback.
Pedagogical Practices
  • PYP emphasizes on students’ natural instinct for inquiry. We believe in enhancing experiential learning by allowing students to construct their own learning.
  • Students are engaged in more meaningful and authentic replications of real life situations.
  • Teacher’s role is to serve primarily as a resource to student learning and may also be a co-learner with the students as they engage with real world questions.
  • Headstart takes pride in differentiated lesson plans that have specific alternatives for individuals without assuming that one student’s road map for learning is identical to anyone else’s.
  • Although the teaching is transdisciplinary, the subjects that we offer are:
    • English
    • Personal and Social Physical Education
    • Unit of Inquiry
    • ICT
    • Math
    • Art
    • Urdu
    • Robotics
    • French
    • Music
    • Arabic
    • Library
    • History, Geography, Science,  Social Studies, and Economics are taught in complete connection to the Unit of Inquiry
  • We offer a strong reading program which provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students and develops their foundational language skills.
Academic and Behavioral Intervention Support – ABIS
  • Headstart PYP is a school that believes in inclusion by providing professionally trained therapists for children with learning differences.
  • The ABIS program offers three levels of support, namely; full time shadow support, pull out sessions, and remedial/adaptive plans based on the students’ needs.
  • An Individual Educational Plan is developed and implemented for each student in their classrooms.
  • All the ABIS therapists are Registered Behavioral Technicians – BACB (www.bacb.com) and Certified Play Therapists – Sonrise Program – U.S.
  • The school lays strong emphasis on maintaining global ratio of typical and atyplical children in the mainstream classroom which is 2:12
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