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IB PYP: PK-6

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Philosophy

At MacLachlan we see every student as an individual with their own boundless potential and future. Our exceptional primary years program is where the exciting learning journey begins. MacLachlan’s primary classrooms are brimming with activity. Elements of learning, laughter, collaboration and discovery ignite in bright, colourful, well-equipped classrooms. Our primary students are provided with opportunities to gain the necessary skills which place little feet firmly on the path to academic success.

Beginning with our youngest students, our educational philosophy of international mindedness is cultivated.

Our small class sizes provide personalized attention where students develop a sense of belonging and purpose through strong bonds with their teachers and fellow classmates. Students are eager and enthusiastic to learn, and through the culmination of small moments and accomplishments, a solid academic foundation is formed. It is of paramount importance that we provide an atmosphere where students do not just learn, but are eager and engaged. Our students embrace learning, develop a spirit of confidence and find their own voice in a supportive, safe and nurturing environment.

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Curriculum

From the moment your child walks into their classroom, they are welcomed into an environment where they are empowered to learn and eager to succeed. The PK – Grade 6 curriculum is balanced with rigor and innovation, while always making connections to the greater world.

Students benefit from our commitment to new programs and concepts ensuring every innovation is built on a strong academic foundation. As your child progresses through each grade level, they are prepared to thrive academically, emotionally and socially.

At the centre of our primary curriculum is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). From its beginnings, MacLachlan has embodied educational excellence. While we adhere to the Ontario Board of Education requirements, we are committed to providing an education that is second to none.

IB Showcase

The IB PYP is an internationally recognized curriculum designed for students from Pre-school to Grade 6. The IB is one of the world’s most rigorous and highly-esteemed education programs.

The teaching and learning strategies utilized in the Primary Years Programme empowers and encourages students to become lifelong learners, to be responsible for themselves, their learning, other people and the environment, and to initiate actions based on their learning.

The IB combines the best research and practice from a range of international systems to create a relevant, engaging and global educational framework for all children. In an increasingly globalized world, the IB challenges students to think critically, research deeply and develop internationally-minded perspectives on a broad range of issues.

Our teachers are specially trained as IB teachers and participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world. A culture of inquiry is established in the classroom where teachers recognize each learners’ pre-conceptions and allow them to discover the true facts. Inquiry learning not only develops superior higher-order thinking skills but actively engages students in their own learning and encourages them to develop an enduring curiosity about the world.

The PYP Programme is defined by six trans-disciplinary themes of global significance that are explored through the knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas: language, arts, mathematics, social studies, science and physical/social/emotional education. The focus of the curriculum is to be engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in Pre-school to Grade 6.

These themes are:

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

IB Learner Profile ©

The IB learner profi­le represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools providing a long-term vision of education. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers to become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

IB learners strive to be:

  • inquirers
  • knowledgeable
  • thinkers
  • communicators
  • principled
  • open-minded
  • caring
  • risk-takers
  • balanced
  • reflective
IB primary years program elements

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