Red Hill School

An ACT Public School
Open Hearts Inquiring Minds

Primary Years Programme


The PYP is an education for life program designed for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years. It is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through all means of learning. The programme focuses on social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.


We want our students to develop academically and personally, to develop skills for learning and skills for living. We want our teaching and learning environment to reflect and celebrate our school's diversity. We also want to take advantage of the resources, skills and experience of the IBO network. The PYP provides a Universal perspective on:

  • Knowledge: introducing a wide variety of vital themes, linked with one's own culture and personal strengths and talents.
  • Culture: celebrating the great breakthroughs of all cultures, and developing an understanding of the world.
  • Explorers: developing skills in the process of open, scientific inquiry to discover, individually and in groups.
  • Information-technology Network: providing links for students, teachers, parents and the wider community with vital information.
  • Citizens: developing confident and competent students who are able to analyse important problems and create positive solutions.


The principal, PYP Coordinator and staff are required to undertake IBO workshops and a range of other professional development.

When we are due for our second re-authorization in 2015 an IBO-selected team of knowledgeable professionals familiar with the programme in schools will visit the school to review the effectiveness of the delivery of the PYP at Red Hill.

IBO schools are revisited and their programmes evaluated three years after the date of authorization and every five years thereafter. The evaluation process identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the school's programme and the degree of success with which the school has implemented the PYP. This information will assist us to further develop an effective programme.


The PYP helps our students develop academically and personally. PYP students are seen as:


They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.




They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.




They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.




They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.




They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.




They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.




They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.




They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.






They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.




They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.





The PYP provides a complete curriculum model expressed through three interrelated questions, which are:

  1. What do we want to learn?
  2. How best will we learn?
  3. How will we know what we have learned?

The program identifies a body of significant knowledge in the same Key Learning Areas as our current curriculum: language (includes a Language Other Than English, in our case French), social studies (SOSE), mathematics, science, technology, the arts, personal, social and physical education.

In addition concepts, skills, attitudes and action provide a framework for structured and purposeful inquiry.

All students will cover six units of inquiry each year. They are:

  • Sharing the planet
  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we organize ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we express ourselves

CONCEPTS: Eight fundamental concepts, expressed as questions drive the research. They are:

  • 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:The skills acquired in the process of structured inquiry are thinking, communication, social, and research and self-management skills. They are the Key Competencies we currently cover in our programs.

ATTITUDES:The attitudes fostered and promoted include tolerance, respect, integrity, independence, enthusiasm, empathy, curiosity, creativity, cooperation, confidence, commitment, and appreciation.

ACTION: Students are encouraged to reflect, to make informed choices and to take action that will help their peers, families, school and the wider community.

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