About the PYP Framework
Utilizing the IB-PYP framework, learning and teaching at HKCA Po Leung Kuk School celebrates the many ways children work together to construct meaning and make sense of the world. Through the interplay of asking, doing and thinking, this constructivist approach leads towards open, democratic classrooms. An education at our school will prepare these young people for a lifetime of learning, both independently and in collaboration with others, as we empower a community of learners to engage with global challenges through inquiry, reflection and action.
The IB Learner Profile
The aim of our primary school programme is to develop creative, critical thinkers who are internationally minded lifelong learners, and who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. We therefore value the following ten IB learner profile attributes, as learners strive to be:
Students Learn About Significant Concepts Through A Programme Of Inquiry
The six transdisciplinary themes that guide the Units of Inquiry (UOI) and compose a year of study are:
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
We Believe Student Learning Is Best Done When It Is Authentic – Relevant To The “Real” World; And Transdisciplinary – Where The Learning Is Not Confined Within The Boundaries Of Traditional Subject Areas But Supported And Enriched By Them.
Units of Inquiry (UOI) interweave traditional subject areas such as Art, Chinese, English, Mathematics, Music, PE, Science and Social Studies in a holistic manner. This approach encourages students to make their own connections between what they learn in these subject areas and how it all relates to the world around them.
Language is a medium of inquiry and plays an essential role in learning.
The primary language of instruction at the School is English. In our school community, a command of English is the key to accessing information and communicating. In addition, we offer daily Chinese lessons with two or three streams, depending on ability: Mandarin (Putonghua), using traditional characters.
We are Guided By The Following Five Essential Elements
The action component emphasises the need for each student to connect with his or her own potential and responsibility for using what has been learned.
The learning attitudes aim to develop a lifelong love of learning and nurture a child’s curiosity and confidence.
The learning skills aim to help students become independent, well-functioning, self-motivated learners.
The concepts which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas.
The knowledge content is organised under the transdisciplinary themes. Teachers at each school collaboratively plan and reflect on which specific topics to study under each theme.