Primary Years Programme (PYP)

An inquiry based teaching and learning methodology that aims to develop an independent, confident and committed student.

The whole school community, including parents, are viewed as partners in learning who can actively contribute to a holistic educational experience. This empowers the student to take control of their learning and boost their confidence and self-motivation.

The programme is designed to equip the student for a successful life, focusing on five essential elements:

  • Knowledge
  • Concepts
  • Skills
  • Attitudes
  • Action

At TRINS, the students are guided by six trans-disciplinary themes of global significance. This helps them to deepen their learning by developing their conceptual understanding, strengthening their knowledge and skills across and beyond their subject areas.

THE SIX TRANSDISCIPLINARY THEMES

EVIDENCE OF SELF

Inquiry into the nature of the self, the beliefs and values, physical, mental, social and spiritual health, human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures,
rights and responsibilities. To enlighten the students with an idea of what it means to be human.

JOURNEY OF THE CHILD

Inquiry into orientation in place and time, personal histories, homes and journey, the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind, the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

COGNITION

Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values. Expression in ways in which thoughts are reflect on to extend and enjoy creativity and therefore, appreciation of the aesthetic.

APPREHENSION OF THE WORLD

Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment

UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIETY

Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

SHARING THE PLANET

Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

The programme aims to mould the students to be:

  • Inquirers: Encourage curiosity about everything around, incite a curiosity to learn more and question facts.
  • Knowledgeable: Explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire an in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  • Thinkers: Exercise application of thinking critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators: Understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.
  • Principled: Act with integrity and honesty with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  • Open-minded: Understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring: Show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
  • Risk-takers: Approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. To be brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
  • Balanced: Understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
  • Reflective: Give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. To be able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.