The implementation of the PYP at the College observes the philosophy and values as expressed in the Mission Statements of both Athens College and the IB Organization, while adhering to the National Curriculum.
J. M. Carras Kindergarten has completed the candidacy period and the trial teaching period and is in the process of becoming an authorized PYP school. At the same time, all our educators regularly undergo training both in Greece and abroad so as to ensure optimal implementation of the Programme.
The objective of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is to promote global consciousness in children: to help them recognize the common nature of all people and to encourage them to take on a collective and active role in protecting the planet in order to create a better and more peaceful world.
Its content is determined by research on a PYP theme (module). Our students express their thoughts and concerns and ask questions on concepts of a universal nature. These concepts, with the appropriate support of teachers, create links to other themes and help students practice skills, cultivate attitudes toward life, acquire knowledge on consequential topics and take action. Each year, students look at six (6) transdisciplinary themes of global importance.
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
Our program promotes an experiential approach to knowledge: a collaborative and exploratory way of learning through activities that stimulate a child’s holistic development.
1. Learning by doing
Our goal is to lead students to the discovery of knowledge through experiential and hands-on activities. By building on pre-existing knowledge and experiences, students gradually acquire new knowledge. By way of observation, they ask their own questions, formulate proposals to find answers to their questions, implement what they have proposed, and ultimately evaluate what they have learned.
2. Collaborative Learning
During teamwork, students are organized into groups in order to achieve a common goal. By exchanging ideas, students practice their social skills, build on their abilities to cooperate, take initiatives, and communicate, as well as enhance their positive self-image. For this reason, every classroom in organized into learning centers in which student teams can experiment, collaborate and interact. Lastly, students working in teams engage in democratic processes, thereby developing the values of acceptance and respect.
3. Exploratory Process
Each day, through well-designed, open-ended activities, students are stimulated to satisfy their innate curiosity for exploration. Students are encouraged to ask questions, as well as to observe and collect data, which they then process and interpret before presenting their findings. Thus, they are initiated into the basic skills for conducting research in order to carry out more systematic investigations.
4. All-Round Development
At the center of all International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes lies the Student Profile, which is comprised of ten characteristics aimed at the all-round development of students through the furtherance of social skills as well as those of communication, thinking, research and self-management. The Student Profile is enhanced and supported by activities that fall under the Special Educational Programs, which are carried out within the Core Curriculum.
Play is one of the foremost activities that govern a child’s development, considered instrumental in his cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth. Through dynamic and authentic environments, that promote play and its relationship with other humans, a child discovers the world, explores and experiments.
IB Programmes Director: Eleni Vasileiou PYP Coordinator: Zoi Lousidou