Global Jaya School has been fully authorised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school since the 2004-2005 school year. We have since successfully undergone two evaluation visits and continue to implement a comprehensive and inspirational programme.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an international curriculum framework designed for all children between the ages of 4 and 12 years (Kindergarten to Year 6). The PYP focuses on student learning, using a concept based inquiry approach. Students continually reflect on their learning in relation to what is happening inside and outside the classroom. Their learning is linked to the issues and experiences that happen in the world around them. Inquiry is the engine of individual growth (academic, social, physical, emotional and spiritual) and international mindedness.
The curriculum focuses on nurturing the students’ academic, social and emotional well-being. It encourages students to develop independence and take responsibility for their own learning, as well as strive to understand their role in the local and global context. All teachers work together to design and implement an authentically integrated curriculum wherever possible.
The curriculum is designed around six transdisciplinary themes which are revisited each year and incorporate engaging and challenging central ideas and lines of inquiry. Reflection is a major component and is utilized to ensure students can articulate and assess their own learning progress.
The PYP ensures a globally comprehensive curriculum with an in depth understanding within the local context. It assists students to develop their knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding in learning environments beyond simply the classroom.
- Low teacher to student ratio.
- All school programmes are collaboratively planned in year level teams, composed of teachers and specialists through Units of Inquiry.
- The curriculum is implemented through a transdisiplinary approach using dual language of instruction.
- Our language programme is rich and diverse, with formal instruction by local and international native speakers in English, Bahasa Indonesia and Mandarin, with Korean mother tongue support available.
- A Primary Student Council provides real experiences and opportunities for the development of leadership, decision-making and organizational skills.
- ICT is integrated into all subject areas.
Teachers and students are responsible for the on-going assessment of students’ work. International and national benchmarks are used by Global Jaya School to ensure the school is meeting acceptable standards in all areas of learning. The assessment does not only happen at the end of the learning process (summative assessment) but is directly linked to the daily learning engagements (formative assessment). This formative assessment informs the teaching and learning processes ensuring future activities challenge the students and allow them to reach their full potential. Students also reflect and evaluate their own and others’ work. Assessment includes performance assessments, observations, process-focused assessments, selected responses and open-ended tasks. The students are involved in developing the criteria for assessment in partnership with the teacher. As a result, they understand exactly what they will be assessed on and how they will be assessed. This helps students to understand and to be aware of the important aspects of their learning and to become independent learners.
The PYP Exhibition
In the final year of the programme, which at Global Jaya School is Year 6, students are expected to participate in a culminating project, the PYP Exhibition. This is designed to demonstrate their competences in all areas of the programme. Students engage in a collaborative transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. As one of many ‘frontloading’ activities, the Year 6 teachers arrange a study tour. The Year 6 Study Tour is designed and organised to inquire into the topic of the Exhibition. This study tour is also designed to strengthen students’ social skills and further develop their ability to work as an effective team member. To spread awareness of the Exhibition throughout the school community, the Year 6 Team (teachers) run 3 separate Exhibition workshops; for Year 6 parents, the Primary staff and the Exhibition mentors. The workshops highlight the process, expectations and some student activities, as well as provide practical experiences and understanding for all involved in regard to the Exhibition journey. Teachers from both the Primary and Secondary school are encouraged to volunteer their time to mentor individual groups. All Specialist teachers integrate with this unit and work hand in hand with the Year 6 teachers. All student work produced in Specialist classes will be displayed on the PYP Exhibition days.
We believe that education must extend beyond the intellectual to include not only socially responsible attitudes but also thoughtful and appropriate action. Student-initiated action is an important component of the Primary Years Programme. The term ‘student-initiated action’ describes action that a student has done by choice without any prompting or direct instruction by an adult. This action should be initiated by the student as a result of the learning process; it will extend the student’s learning, or it may have a wider social impact. Student action may be taken by an individual student or by a group of students working collaboratively. It does not need to be big or elaborate. It can begin at the most immediate and basic level: with the student; within the family; within the classroom, the hallways and the playground. We promote and celebrate student-initiated action. We celebrate it during assemblies and also set up display boards that will serve to celebrate and promote some of the action that our students have taken.