Natural curiosity is a child's best learning tool. 

 

At the heart of the Soundview Primary Years Program (PYP) philosophy is a commitment to structured student inquiry. The PYP combines the best research and practice with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools. The curriculum encourages international-mindedness and a positive attitude toward learning, and reflects real life with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real issues.

Primary Units of Inquiry

The PYP curriculum framework consists of six transdisciplinary themes, which become the foundation for a continuous educational experience from early childhood through 5th grade. These themes reflect a set of shared human experiences, or “core commonalities,” that form the basis of an international education: 

  1. Who we are
  2. Where we are in place and time
  3. How we express ourselves
  4. How the world works
  5. How we organize ourselves
  6. Sharing the planet

From kindergarten through 5th grade, students engage in six units of inquiry that correspond to these themes. Each unit of inquiry begins with a provocation, gets developed with students' own questions, and culminates in student-driven action in service of the community. Units are transdisciplinary, which means language, social studies, mathematics, arts, science, personal, social and physical education are all integrated into the experience. Subjects that require discrete skill development, especially literacy and numeracy, are also taught and practiced as stand-alone curricula.