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Silverthorne Elementary is an

International Baccalaureate Authorized School

The Primary Years Programme: A guide for parents Click here.
The PYP Book of Essential Elements Click here. 
Silverthorne Elementary Program of Inquiry Click here

PYP Parents: Supporting your student's development Click here.

Essential Student Attitudes

over 3 years ago

Essential PYP Student Attitudes

In addition to the IB Learner Profile, the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) focuses on the development of positive attitudes toward people, toward the environment, and toward learning. The PYP Attitudes are the essence of the Learner Profile in action. At Silverthorne Elementary support students as they develop and demonstrate:


Appreciationappreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people


Commitmentbeing committed to their learning, persevering, and showing self-discipline and responsibility


Confidence- feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned, and making appropriate decisions and choices


Cooperation- cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands


Creativitybeing creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas


Curiosity- being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people, and cultures


Empathyimaginatively projecting themselves into another's situation in order to understand his/her thoughts, reasoning, and emotions


Enthusiasm- enjoying learning


Independencethinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned principles, and being able to defend their judgments

Learner Profile

over 3 years ago

Learner Profile

The aims of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) are expressed as a series of desired attributes that characterize successful students, and these attributes are referred to as the LEARNER PROFILE. These globally minded students are:

InquirersTheir natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

ThinkersThey exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and solve complex problems.

CommunicatorsThey receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.

Risk-takers- They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.

Knowledgeable- They have spent time in our schools exploring themes that have global relevance and importance. In so doing, they have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge.

PrincipledThey have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty, and a sense of fairness and justice.

CaringThey show sensitivity toward the needs and feelings of others. They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.

Open-minded- They respect the views, values, and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.

Well-balancedThey understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.

Reflective-They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyze their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.


Transdisciplinary Themes

over 3 years ago

Transdisciplinary Themes

At the heart of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is a commitment to structured inquiry as a vehicle for learning. According to Nancy Cecil in The Art of Inquiry, "When children seek to ask or answer questions about things for which there are many potentially correct answers, they begin to develop an attitude of appreciation for the immensity and complexity of the natural world." At Silverthorne Elementary School, teachers at each grade level develop units of inquiry that center around the six transdisciplinary themes.

Six Transdisciplinary Themes:

1. Who we are

2. Where we are in time and place

3. How we express ourselves

4. How the world works

5. How we organize ourselves

6. Sharing the planet

These themes help guide teachers as they plan and design transdisciplinary (combining two or more subject areas) units of inquiry which make up the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program of Inquiry. Within these units, children are encouraged to ask questions, are taught how to use a variety of resources to seek answers that lead to a deeper understanding of the concepts being studied. The PYP seeks to create students who are not bounded by the physical borders of their community. Instead it works to study broad topics that can have an application in any part of our world.