PYP: Primary Years Programme

The freedom to question is the freedom to learn

Mr. Simon Mccloskey

Mr. Simon Mccloskey

Primary Principal

Stonehill recognises the importance of preserving the innate curiosity of early childhood throughout the Primary years. Our philosophy of teaching focuses on the inquiry method. We believe that children, when given the freedom to question, are able to develop greater conceptual understanding, finding ways to apply what they already know in new situations and link this understanding to new concepts.

The PYP provides a framework for the school to build its own, unique curriculum with concept-driven PYP Units of Inquiry. Traditional academic subjects of mathematics, language, science and social studies are taught throughout the Primary Grades using programmes developed externally, as well as through the Units of Inquiry.

A full-time PYP Coordinator works with the Principal and teachers to plan for the academic year and mentor staff. Supported by subject coordinators for mathematics, language and science, every component of the PYP is designed to complement each other, enabling a holistic and connected learning experience.

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