Milford School is an Interested IBPYP School.

The IBPYP is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, and is a framework through which we deliver the NZC (New Zealand Curriculum). This is a framework that supports our learners in taking in-depth inquiry into authentic units through a transdisciplinary lens. We begun our journey a few years ago by looking at concept-based units instead of narrow topics.

The PYP supports our learners to be internationally minded and to display the attributes of the Learner Profile: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective.

We held a parent information session on Wednesday 13 June, with another session (a repeat of this one) being held on Wednesday 1 August.

Here is a link to the powerpoint used at the parent information session:



Concept-based learning

Concept-based learning is driven by “big ideas” rather than subject-specific content. By leading students to consider the context in which they will use their understanding, concept-based learning brings “real world” meaning to content knowledge and skills.

An example is, rather than learning about dinosaurs for a term, we look at the big idea (concept) which is extinction. Dinosaurs are one example, but students are encouraged to think about what interests them and inquire into that. Languages, cultures, civilisations, money systems, plants and animals are all areas through which extinction can be further studied.

As a school, we inquire into four big ideas, one each term. Within these big ideas, each year level plans a unit of learning that uncovers a particular concept. This year our big ideas are:

Term 1 – Rights and Responsibilities

Term 2 – Creativity and Expression

Term 3 – Past and Future

Term 4 – Systems and Communities