The International School of Bergamo is an authorised IB World School for the Primary and Middle Years Programme®
IB Schools share a common philosophy,
a dedication to high quality, challenging, international education
that this school believes is important for our students.
In September 2019, the school will open the first year of High School with a commitment to becoming an IB Continuum School.
The Early Years includes a Pre-K for children from 24 months which follows the EYFS programme and a Kindergarten and Transition class based on the IB® PYP for three-year-olds and four-year-olds.
The Elementary school, which starts at five years of age with the first class (Grade 1) and ends with the sixth class (Grade 6) follows the IB® Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum.
The Middle school, which starts at eleven years of age with Grade 7 follows the International Baccalaureate® Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum.
The International Baccalaureate ® offers a continuum of education, consisting of 3 programmes (PYP, MYP, DP) for students aged 3 to 18. More on IB
The IB learner profile is at the heart of this common framework as a clear and concise statement of the aims and values of the IB and an embodiment of what the IB means by "international-mindedness"
The Diploma Programme® for students aged 16 to 18 is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.
For over 40 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop the citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Founded in 1968, currently there are over 1 million IB students at 4,162 schools in 144 countries across the world.
What is the Primary Years Programme?
- 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.
Students who learn in this way begin to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as learners and become actively involved with their education.
There are six subject areas in the PYP—
- social studies;
- physical, social and personal education
These skills are:
- Thinking skills
- Self-management skills
- Research skills
- Social skills
- Communication skills
A set of eight concepts have been identified:
FormWhat is it like?
Function How does it work?
Causation Why is it like it is?
Change How is it changing?
ConnectionHow is it connected to other things?
PerspectiveWhat are the points of view?
ResponsibilityWhat is our responsibility?
ReflectionHow do we know?
The Learning Environment
Teaching strategies and student learning
The learning environment also plays an essential role for inquiry-based learning. Classroom space is stimulating and well organized. Displays demonstrate individual achievement and support engagement in the learning process.
Teaching and learning strategies focus on:
- Inquiry-based learning
- Child-centered learning
- Stimulating learning environment
- Student initiated action
- Development of specific attitudes
- Comprehensive assessment
- Positive reinforcement of student achievement.