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IB Program PYP

International Schools of North America is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme

Our Mission

The Primary Years Program is a curriculum framework applied over 5,000 schools around the world. It is a broad and balanced framework to enhance learning in the critical early years of cognitive development. It puts the student's learning needs at the heart of the whole school community. Accordingly, teaching and learning revolve around developing the IB learner profile, encompassing comprehensive knowledge, critical thinking and international mindedness.

Students tackle global and regional issues from an early stage so that they can become the global citizens of tomorrow. Additionally, inquiry-based learning enables students to experience authentic, relevant and challenging content. Especially, 21st century skills are enhanced through the whole program, developing communication, self-management and collaborative skills in our students to prepare them for the challenges of our globalized world.

Curriculum

Each year of the program puts some emphasis on our planet through the Sharing the Planet Unit of inquiry, bringing new ways to encourage our students to take better care of our universal home.

Besides, the PYP promotes multilingualism and a strong knowledge of the host country 's culture. This is why at SNA, the Vietnamese curriculum is the basis of our program. Vietnamese language and Social studies are taught in Vietnamese following the PYP pedagogy to ensure coherence in students schooling.

Especially, the PYP puts a lot of emphasis on monitoring and documenting student's learning. It follows strict learning objectives with a guaranteed curriculum within each grade level. There are no exams mandated by the program as they do not represent a clear representation of student's achievements. Only the triangulation of data constitutes an accurate representation of the student's progress.

Coordinator

CAROLINE FOGIEL

IB PYP Coordinator

French/Australian

carolinef@sna.edu.vn  

MA Political Science, Paris X Nanterre, 1994

Graduate Diploma of Education, Melbourne University, 2001

Principal Training Center, 2015

Experience

  • Teaching since 2002
  • International experience since 2006 with PYP/MYP/DP Languages A and B
  • Grade level Coordinator, IB Mother Tongue Coordinator, whole school Curriculum
  • Coordinator, International experience in Australia, Singapore, Vienna, Shanghai, Oman.

Grammar is freedom of speech"

I have been teaching for 17 years in international schools so I have experienced some of the best practices that can serve learners. As an educator, I continue to work successfully with students and teaching teams to help create environments and learning engagements that support quality teaching and learning. I love the curiosity of students when they discover something new in the world and the exciting face of these students when they share the project or just the information that they just explored. As a PYP coordinator, I understand that children aged 3-12 need to be nurtured and developed as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. Primary education is a chance to empower young learners to take an active role in local and global issues.