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Learning through Mother Tongue Language

Language is fundamental to learning and
permeates the PYP. Our unique Mother Tongue
programme immerses our students in
language-rich learning engagements, allowing
our students to learn through their own mother
tongue language, gaining a deeper conceptual
understanding. Year level teachers collaborate
with Mother Tongue teachers to build
language-rich learning engagements
throughout each unit of inquiry. English as an Additional Language (EAL)
EAL learners are regarded as full members of
Presently, we offer Mother Tongue language
learning in:
the school community who have specific
learning needs, rather than as a separate group Primary Years Programme
who require an independent programme. At
UISG, we have full-time EAL specialists
Chinese German Korean
purposefully integrated into classrooms, from
French Japanese Russian
Year 1 to Year 6, supporting the collaborative
nature of teaching and learning that is the focal
point of an inquiry-driven curriculum.

How will I know how my child is doing?

The PYP promotes the use of a range of
assessment strategies which are designed to
give you a clear picture of your child’s progress.
This progress will be reported to you regularly,
both orally and in writing.

How can I support my child’s learning?

UISG regards learning as a partnership between
student, parent and school.

You can help your child by:

maintaining regular contact with the

Contact sharing books with your child

supporting your child’s mother tongue

Admissions Manager assisting your child with research projects +8620 87202019-117 asking and discussing with your child
about their current Unit of Inquiry

Adminissions Assistant attending curriculum information +8620 87202019-135 sessions at school and
parent-student-teacher conferences

Utahloy International School Guangzhou

800 Sha Tei Bei Road, Bai Yun District, Guangzhou 510515 Accredited by Affiliated with
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UISG +8620 8720 2019
What is the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)?

The PYP is a curriculum framework designed Transdisciplinary Themes How we organize ourselves
for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the Inquiry into:
development of the whole child as an inquirer, Who we are - the interconnectedness of human-made
both in the classroom and in the world outside. Inquiry into: systems and communities
- the nature of self - the structure and function of organizations
- beliefs and values - societal decision-making
- person, physical, mental, social and spiritual - economic activities and their impact on

addresses students’ academic, social and health humankind and the environment
emotional well-being - human relationships including families,
friends, communities and cultures
encourages students to develop
- rights and responsibilities
independence and to take responsibility
for their own learning The IB PYP at UISG - what it means to be human
UISG has been authorized to implement the
supports students’ efforts to gain
International Baccalaureate Primary Years How we express ourselves
understanding of the world and to Inquiry into:
Programme (PYP) since 2009. We are truly
function comfortably within it
committed to authentic, inquiry-driven learning - the ways in which we discover and express
helps students establish personal values and our Primary Years curriculum ensures a ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and
as a foundation upon which rigorous and challenging framework for values
international-mindedness will develop international education. UISG promotes a - the ways in which we reflect on, extend and
and flourish student-centred curriculum that encourages
enjoy our creativity
both personal and academic achievement, Sharing the planet
- our appreciation of the aesthetic
challenging our students to excel in their studies Inquiry into:
and in their personal development. - rights and responsibilities in the struggle to
Where we are in place and time share finite resources with other people
Inquiry into: and other living things
The six subject areas identified within the - orientation in place and time - communities and the relationship within
IB PYP - personal histories and between them
- homes and journeys - access to equal opportunities
language - the discoveries, explorations and migrations - peace and conflict resolution
mathematics of humankind
- the relationship between and the
social studies The PYP Exhibition
interconnectedness of individuals and
What will my child be learning? arts
civilizations, from local and global The Exhibition is an important part of the PYP
The PYP is a transdisciplinary curriculum, personal, social and physical education
committed to structured inquiry as a vehicle perspectives for all students. In the final year of the
for learning. programme, students undertake a collaborative,
How the world works transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves
six organizing themes help teachers and Inquiry into: them in identifying, investigating and offering
students explore knowledge in a - the natural world and its laws, the interaction solutions to real-life issues or problems. As the
transdisciplinary and connected way between the natural world (physical and culminating experience of the PYP, the
biological) and human societies Exhibition offers students an exciting
teachers and students use key concepts
- how humans use their understanding of opportunity to demonstrate independence and
to drive the units of inquiry
scientific principles responsibility for their own learning. It also
students acquire and apply celebrates the transition of learners to the next
- the impact of scientific and technological
transdisciplinary skills while developing phase of their education.
advances on society and on the environment
an understanding of these important