The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP) at Needham focuses on providing in-depth learning experiences for students through ongoing, intense collaboration among staff. Grade level teams meet weekly to plan and reflect upon teaching within the IB model in order to improve student learning and teacher instruction. A unique component of the IB-PYP is the Action Cycle (Choose, Act, Reflect), which is embedded into each unit of inquiry and requires students to apply their new learning, rather than just accumulate new knowledge. Throughout the year, students explore six trans-disciplinary themes: Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves, and Sharing the Planet. These themes represent the IB curriculum and are carefully linked to each of the Colorado Model Content Standards. Our IB program is designed to teach kids to be internationally-minded and to develop the skills they will need in order to thrive and to lead in an ever-changing global community.
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