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.

We still use the New Zealand Curriculum, that is the what we teach. The PYP is a framework to teach it better, the how we teach it.

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 on 1 August:

1 August Parent Meeting

The Board understands that parents may have questions, so have put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. You will find that here.

More information is also available on the IB website

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 – Past and Future

Term 3 -Creativity and Expression

Term 4 – Systems and Communities