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On Thursday, September 21, 2017 Wauwatosa Catholic School students, teachers and staff celebrated the International Day of Peace with many other IB Schools around the country and world.

World Peace Day is meant to be a day to strengthen the ideals of peace among nations and to consider how to create a more peaceful, non-violent world.

Wauwatosa Catholic School Students, Teachers and Staff Peace Sign
World Peace Day - 2017

 

Additional information and photos coming soon!


 

What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.

The IB PYP

  • addresses students' academic, social and emotional well-being
  • encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • supports students' efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
  • helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

The six subject areas identified within the IB PYP:

  • language
  • mathematics
  • science
  • social studies
  • arts
  • personal, social and physical education

How the PYP works

The PYP is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes around which learning is planned. These are:

  • 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

These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on the issues that go across subject areas and help teachers to develop a program of inquiry. Teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require substantial and high level of involvement on the part of the students.

The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3-12 range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning it focuses on issues that go across subject areas. The PYP is organized according to:

The WRITTEN curriculum, which explains what PYP students will learn

The TAUGHT curriculum, which sets out how educators teach the PYP

The ASSESSED curriculum, which details the principles and practice of effective assessment in the PYP