Primary Years Programme
Curiosity, passion and discovery
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an educational framework developed by the International Baccalaureate (IB). It is designed to provide a comprehensive and inquiry-based curriculum for students aged 3 to 10.
The PYP encompasses two main stages: the Early Years Unit (EYU) and the Elementary years.
The Early Years Unit focuses on the foundational years of a child’s education, typically spanning from ages 3 to 5. This stage is crucial in nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and fostering a love for learning. The EYU curriculum provides a play-based and hands-on approach, allowing young learners to explore and engage with the world around them. It focuses on the development of language, literacy, numeracy, social skills, and the overall holistic growth of the child.
Exploring the PYP Framework: Nurturing Young Minds in the Elementary Years
Once students join the elementary program (PYP 1-5 – ages 6 to 10), they continue their journey within the PYP framework. The PYP 1-5 curriculum builds upon the foundational skills and knowledge developed during the Early Years. The elementary program offers a transdisciplinary approach, integrating various subject areas and promoting connections across disciplines. Students engage in units of inquiry that explore significant concepts and real-world issues, encouraging critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.
The Primary Years Programme focuses on the social, physical, emotional and cultural growth of the child, as well as positive educational progress.
Each class has a homeroom teacher, a music teacher, a physical education teacher and an Italian teacher. All teachers have had specific IB Primary Years Programme training and all lessons, except for Italian, are taught in English, the school’s language of instruction.
An inquiry-based and transdisciplinary learning
A central element of the PYP philosophy is the commitment to learning through structured inquiry: during each school year PYP students learn through six Units of Inquiry (4 units for Honey Bees and Busy Bees). Each unit focuses on a different Transdisciplinary Theme through which students develop their understanding of concepts, learn content and develop their capabilities as learners (approaches to learning).
Reflection, an essential part of the learning process, is an ongoing feature in PYP classrooms designed to help students consolidate their learning and consider who they are as learners. Alongside the Units of Inquiry, PYP students continuously develop foundational skills and understandings (e. g. mathematics, grammar, etc.).
Primary School services
EARLY ENTRY AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Parents can choose to leave their child in school supervision from 7.45 am. We also offer after school clubs and sports activities such as creative clubs and gymnastics which
finish at 4.15 pm, while team sports are the only activities that run up to 5 pm.
We offer a school bus service including a designated assistant for our EYU students leaving from Venice/Mestre and Treviso.
AIR PURIFICATION AND EXCHANGE SYSTEM
Our student’s health and safety is our top priority. All of the H-Farm Campus buildings are equipped with an air exchange system that regularly purifies and refreshes the air inside all learning spaces.
A Design Lab, Visual Arts Atelier, Performing Arts Space and a dedicated Italian room provide alternative spaces for students to learn in a creative, experiential and interactive way.
CLASSROOMS WITH DIRECT ACCESS TO THE GARDEN
According to the WWF, nature directly influences children’s cerebral and emotional development. Growing surrounded by nature encourages sociality, by enhancing interaction, autonomy, stress control and self-esteem improvement.
Lunch and break time snacks are provided every day. The menù is designed by a nutritionist and prepared daily by a chef on campus.
After schools ends
Students in PYP who are new to English, participate in a fee-based English Language Support service throughout their first years in the school. Dedicated small group English language sessions with a specifically trained teacher help students develop their English language capabilities allowing them to access the curriculum and participate fully in classroom learning. All other teachers support each child with their English language development by providing specific in-class support and differentiated learning experiences. This ongoing support develops each child’s confidence in his/her language abilities and ensures active inclusion in classroom learning.
At the end of PYP5 (fifth grade), our students have the option of taking no exam or taking an internal end of year Italian exam as part of our educational program. Students can also choose to take an external exam to obtain the Italian primary school certificate.