Curriculum Framework

The PYP provides a balance between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, development of positive attitudes and taking of responsible action.

Transdisciplinary Themes

Students inquire into and learn about globally significant issues under the following six transdiciplinary themes each year.

Who We Are

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where We Are In Time and Place

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How We Express Ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How The World Works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological; and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and ton the environment.

How We Organize Ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing The Planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Concepts - What do we want students to understand?

The PYP is a concept-driven curriculum. Each of the units of inquiry are driven by 2 - 3 of concepts below. Engaging with these concepts helps learners construct meaning, develop and improve critical thinking and transfer knowledge across disciplines, thus increasing coherence in learning for students.

  • form – what is it like?
  • function – how does it work?
  • causation – why is it like it is?
  • change – how is it changing?
  • connection – how is it connected to other things?
  • perspective – what are the points of view?
  • responsibility – what is our responsibility?
  • reflection – how do we know?

Skills - what do we want students to be able to do?

Within their learning throughout the PYP, students acquire and apply the following transdisciplinary skills. The development of these skills is fostered through authentic learning experiences embedded in the units of inquiry and single subjects.

  • thinking skills
  • social skills
  • communication skills
  • self-management skills
  • research skills

Attitudes - what do we want students to feel, value and demonstrate?

The development of personal attitudes, towards people, towards the environment and towards learning, are explictly addressed within the taught and the assessed components of the PYP. Authentic demonstrations of these attitudes in personal interactions and the learning environment are evidenced by students and teachers at Seisen.

  • appreciation
  • commitment
  • confidence
  • cooperation
  • creativity
  • curiosity
  • empathy
  • enthusiasm
  • independence
  • integrity
  • respect
  • tolerance

Action - how do we want students to act?

At Seisen, students are encouraged to act on their learning. We believe every student has the power to make a difference in and to their world. Opportunities for purposeful and beneficial student-initiated action are promoted within the PYP.

The 5 essential elements of the PYP:

  • knowledge
  • concepts
  • skills
  • attitudes
  • action