The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Beijing Enlighten School for children aged 5 - 11 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong learning journey. The school follows the Chinese National Curriculum which is taught within an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum IB framework to build conceptual understanding.
It reflects the best educational research, thought leadership, and experience derived from IB World Schools. The PYP has evolved to become a world leader in future-focused education. The PYP is an example of best educational practice globally, responding to young students' challenges and opportunities in our rapidly changing world.
The PYP curriculum framework
The PYP curriculum framework begins with the premise that students are agents of their learning and partners in the learning process. It prioritizes people and their relationships to build a strong learning community.
It is a framework that informs how children learn and how teachers teach within the classroom. The Chinese National Curriculum at Beijing Enlighten School represents the core components of knowledge required by the Chaoyang Educational Bureau. One key aspect of the PYP at Beijing Enlighten School is its roots in our Chinese identity and its aspects of Social-Emotional Learning, Morality, and Talent-Development. Within the framework of the PYP, students use their initiative to take responsibility and ownership of their learning.
By learning through inquiry and reflecting on their learning, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills, and the attributes of the IB Learner Profile to make a difference in their own lives, their communities, and beyond.
The framework emphasizes the central principle of agency, which underpins the three pillars of school life:
•Learning and teaching
•The learning community
Embedded in the framework is recognizing the importance of fostering an individual's self-efficacy. Students with a strong sense of self-efficacy are active in their learning and take action in their learning community.
Why offer the PYP at BES?
The PYP focuses on developing the whole child as an inquirer, both in school and in the world beyond. The PYP offers a transformative experience for students, teachers, and entire school communities and delivers excellent outcomes by providing an engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant education.
PYP learners know how to take ownership of their learning, collaborating with teachers to deepen understanding and increase their confidence and self-motivation. Through actively engaging in the integrated ongoing assessment, students become effective, self-regulated learners who can act on constructive feedback.
Guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, students broaden their learning by developing their conceptual understandings, strengthening their knowledge and skills across, between, and beyond subject areas.
At Beijing Enlighten School our Middle School students follow the Middle Years IB Program from grade 6 to 10. The school follows the Chinese National Curriculum which is taught within the IB Framework. At Beijing Enlighten School we believe that students develop understanding and skills when relating the content of lessons in specific context and when this content is related to real world experiences.
Subject are taught within 8 subject groups:
For most students at Beijing Enlighten School this is English, but the school also has nonnative students who take Chinese within this subject group. Other languages are made available in after schools’ program and within our enrichment clusters where required by students.
2.Language and Literature
For most students at Beijing Enlighten School this is Chinese, but many students are also taking English in Language and literature. As the school grows our aim is to add other language options to this program.
3.Individuals and Societies
Beijing Enlighten School covers geography and history within this subject group.
Students follow the school integrated science program covering Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
All students follow a rigorous mathematics curriculum over the 5 years of the MYP program.
At Beijing Enlighten School students follow multiple arts programs which include Music, Visual Arts and Drama. We also offer film in our ASA and enrichment programs.
7.Physical and Health Education
At Beijing Enlighten School students not only develop skills and understanding of a large range of sports, but they also develop an understanding of how the human body works, how to live a healthy lifestyle and be balanced individuals.
At Beijing Enlighten School we offer both Digital design look at how technology impacts our lives and product design focusing on creating products by following the design cycle.
Using global contexts, Beijing Enlighten School students develop an understanding of their place in the world and the responsibility they have for the future of their communities and the world as a whole by exploring content within the 6 listed global contexts:
·Identities and relationships
·Personal and cultural expression
·Orientations in space and time
·Scientific and technical innovation
·Fairness and development
·Globalization and sustainability
In grade 8 of the middle years program students work in small groups to complete a community project. This is a long-term project in which they explore an issue within their community and take action, through planning and implementing a solution. Students are mentored throughout this project by members of staff and present their findings in an exhibition. Students develop collaboration, research and many other skills during this process.
In grade 10 of the middle years program students undertake an individual project called the personal project. This is another long-term project aimed and bringing together all the skills and knowledge they have learned during their middle school journey. Again, students are mentored by a member of staff and present their projects during an exhibition at the end of the process.
In every year of the MYP students take part in service action groups in which they work on developing a service that benefits their community. This can be done in large or small groups and encourages students to identify a problem, come up with solutions and act in order to benefit a particular cause with their community.
The MYP program is designed to develop independent learners who are prepared to enter grade 11 and 12 and be successful within the DP program.
At Beijing Enlighten School our High School will be opening in the near future in order to allow the transition from the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the IB to the Diploma Programme (DP). Beijing Enlighten School is already a candidate school for the DP and staff are developing the curricula to meet the needs of the students. Students will spend two years within the Diploma Programme in order to achieve their IB Diploma and move on to university.
Within the six subject groups of the DP, students can choose a range of subjects to study from:
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature – Beijing Enlighten School will initially offer both Chinese and English within this group, and may to offer more languages depending on future student’s needs.
Group 2: Language Acquisition – Students will take their second language within this subject group.
Group 3: Individual and Societies – Beijing Enlighten School will offer a wide range of subject choices within this group.
Group 4: Sciences – Beijing Enlighten School will offer a mix of typical science classes (i.e., biology, chemistry, and physics) along with other non-traditional science subjects.
Group 5: Mathematics – Different levels of mathematics will be available, and teachers will advise students on what branch of mathematics best suits each individual student.
Group 6: the Arts – Beijing Enlighten School will offer a wide range of subjects with the Arts to encourage creativity and build on development from the MYP program.
At Beijing Enlighten School students are required to select one subject from each group. In Grade 10 students will have guidance workshops for selecting courses, and will meet with teachers and the principal to discuss which subjects they will take to ensure that the subjects they choose meet their potential university needs.
Students will select three Standard Level subjects which require a minimum of 150 hours of study over the two years of the diploma. Students also need to select three Higher Level subjects which require a minimum of 240 hours of study over the two years of the DP.
Students will also complete the three programs of the DP Core to receive their diploma:
1）TOK – Theory of Knowledge – Students explore how we know what we know and reflect on the nature of knowledge.
2）CAS – Creativity, Activity and Service – students are required to complete a project for each aspect in order to meet prescribed outcomes.
3）EE – Extended Essay – This is an extended research-based paper in which they have to write a 4000-word essay.
Each student within the DP is assigned to both a foreign and a Chinese homeroom teacher to support them through their journey. Students are also assigned a dedicated advisor for their Extended Essay. The school has assigned a Diploma Coordinator who will take the students through all aspects of their two-year journey.
Learning experiences within the DP are informed by assessment, and explicitly include these teacher-mediated modalities: student self-evaluation, detailed assessment criteria (i.e., systematic use of rubrics) with teacher feedback, and peer-assessments. Assessment is assessed both internally by the subject teachers and externally by the IB.
Teachers ensure that candidates in the DP understand the importance of academic honesty and authenticity. All work submitted for external moderation is authenticated by the relevant teacher or advisor before submission to the IB. Every student confirms that all such work is their own work product.
Campus design integrates the Chinese quadrangle and European courtyard, with natural materials, open space, and is built in compliance with international environmental protection standards. Each area is unique, open, and contemporary, providing students with a safe, healthy learning and leisure environment.