International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

Sierra Elementary School was the first authorized IB World School public elementary school offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the greater Sacramento region. Below is an assortment of links and resources that explain the basics of the PYP and show how it is being implemented at Sierra.

Sierra’s IB/PYP Coordinator: Cynthia Brown

What is an IB Education?

What is the Primary Years Programme?

The IB Primary Years Programme

PYP & Common Core Standards - Where do they meet?

Connecting IB to the Core - English Language Arts Standards
Connecting IB to the Core - Mathematics Standards

5 Essential Elements of the PYP

  1. Knowledge - Significant, relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding.
  2. Concepts - Powerful ideas that have relevance within the subject areas but also transcend them and that students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in-depth understanding.
  3. Skills - Those capabilities that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature.
  4. Attitudes - Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people.
  5. Action - Demonstrations of deeper learning and responsible behavior through responsible action; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements.