IB Primary Years Programme

IB

Las Colinas Elementary – An International Baccalaureate World School

International Baccalaureate (IB) is an approach to teaching and learning that engages students actively while encouraging them to think deeply, and take action in their own lives. Through the program students become internationally -minded thinkers and inquirers, who ask questions and seek answers with a global perspective. The IB program fosters a love for learning by nurturing students’ natural curiosity. The curriculum is a rigorous, inquiry-based program, that empowers students to take action to create a better, more peaceful world.


Transdisciplinary Themes

IB learners inquire into these globally significant themes.

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


Key Concepts

IB Learners use these key concepts to give each inquiry based unit a direction and purpose.

  • Form—What is it like?
  • Function—How does it work?
  • Causation—Why is it like it is?
  • Connection—How is it connected to other things?
  • Perspective—What are the points of view?
  • Responsibility—What is our responsibility?
  • Reflection—How do we know?

Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB learners strive to be…

  • Caring—Be kind, considerate and sensitive to other people’s needs. Show empathy.
  • Thinkers—Use thinking skills to make good choices and solve problems.
  • Risk-Takers—Try new things. Believe in yourself and learn from your mistakes.
  • Knowledgeable—Learn about yourself and your world.
  • Balanced—Find the balance between work and play as well as body and mind.
  • Open-Minded—Try to understand others. Experience new things.
  • Communicators—Share thoughts and feelings clearly with others. Use other languages.
  • Principled—Try to do what is right. Be responsible for yourself and respectful of others.
  • Reflective—Think about actions and learning to guide better choices.
  • Inquirers—Be curious about new things. Ask questions and look for information independently

The Action Cycle

IB learners are encouraged to take action. This helps our students to develop skills like cooperation, creative thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution, and critical thinking.

IB learners develop essential skills that help prepare them for lifelong learning.

Attitudes

IB learners choose attitudes that contribute to the well being of the individual and the group.

  • Appreciation
  • Commitment
  • Confidence
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Tolerance