The Primary Years Programme,
usually shortened to the PYP, is the department which provides the education for younger students, the age range at present being from the preschool at 3 years old up to year 5, ten to eleven year olds. The PYP is a separately accredited department of the International Baccalaureate Organisation which is dedicated to providing a world-wide international education for students of all ages. The Pre-school has 3 teachers and 3 assistants and includes a range of ages from 3 - 6 years. It includes Preschool 1,Preschool 2 and Preschool 3.
Comings and Goings
The children arrive at 8:20 am and leave at 12:00. They have their own area as a base but have free access to all parts of the school depending on the activities involved.
School Bus Services
Arrival at school by 8:20am and Hometime 1:50pm.
There is a school bus service available for children of the PYP, which is arranged with pick up points around the city. Students may prefer to travel to and from school in their own car.
The two administrators, Mr Narendra Sawant and Mr. Sanjay Gaikwad are in charge of arranging the transport and will assist you with any transport queries or difficulties.
Sometimes children ‘go visiting’ after school and their departure arrangements are changed. Let us know by writing a note in your child’s diary, or by phoning school before 12 noon. It has been known to cause distress, especially to the younger children, if we are not aware of the changes made. If no contact is made, we will stick to the original arrangements. This is also dependent on the space available on the various buses for transport home for an after school activity at 3:10pm.
It is very helpful if your children’s possessions are labelled with their names, as most children would forget their heads if they weren’t firmly attached!
In years 1-5 we do ask that they bring a pencil case with their own pencils, eraser, felt-tip pens, glue-stick, scissors, pencil sharpener etc., and some enterprising parents write names on all of them which allows us to keep some track of misplaced possessions.
The Pre-schoolers are not required to wear school uniform, except on special occasions when they may need to be identified – e.g. Sports day, Field trips.
Years 1-5 are required to wear a school t-shirt or polo shirt with the MBIS logo during school time but may wear any kind of preferred shorts or skirts or trousers with them. We also request that children have hats available during the hot months to avoid heat stroke, sunstroke and sunburn while playing or doing sports. Please put a name on all clothing.
Break time (Recess)
The PYP takes a break from 10:00 to 10:30 to sit down to have a snack and a drink in the cafeteria before going to play. We recommend fruit, fruit juice, sandwiches etc., as it helps maintain their energy levels.
The school provides potable drinking water. It is safe to drink and we encourage the children to drink frequently to avoid dehydration and headaches. Please could your child bring his/her own water bottle as this prevents passing on any illnesses.
The lunch break is from 12:00 to 12:30 pm. Sodexo, the caterers, provide a choice of Indian and Western meals. Children may bring a packed lunch. Teachers supervise the lunchtime sessions and attention is paid to behaviour and manners (as well as making sure that they have an adequate food intake.)
All breaks are supervised by teachers, both inside the building and out. This applies to arrival and departure time as well.
Pre-school to Year 5 have PE taken by a PE specialist. This programme includes team games, ball handling skills and athletics. Children need to be suitably equipped to participate in a PE session, especially with appropriate shoes.
All classes in the PYP have at least one session of swimming a week during the months of March, April, May, June and when the weather permits in the monsoon. Children’s swimming kit must include a swimming cap, towel, costume, sunscreen lotion and goggles which are advisable.
Visual Art and Music
The PYP visual arts programme is essentially driven by the unit of inquiry besides having a number of stand-alone sessions that are purely for fun and aim at developing artistic appreciation, vocabulary and skills.
Arts engage students in creative processes through which they explore and experiment in a continual cycle of action and reflection. Such creative processes are seen by the PYP as the driving force in learning through inquiry.
The arts develop innovative thinking and creative use of technologies, and in so doing prepare students to participate fully in this multifaceted world.
Arts promote attitudes such as empathy and appreciation, and skills such as analysis, that help us to see the uniqueness of each person as well as explore the commonalities that connect us. Work in arts is a way of conveying meaning, sharing a culture, developing one’s sense of self and expanding knowledge.
Each class has a music session during the week. During the lessons the children may explore voice, beat, percussion and notation.
ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)
The linguistic and cultural diversity in our school provides many opportunities for cultural enrichment and global education for all our students. As a result, we need to provide language programs to ensure that all students develop the level of proficiency in English required for success at school.
In the PYP, the EAL Programme focuses on communication and the integration of the student into the regular class. It is important therefore that integration takes place socially, culturally and academically
The EAL programme integrates the learning of English with other subjects and shares the responsibility for facilitating this learning with other teachers.
Information Technology (IT)
Information technology is used as tool to aid the inquiry process. It is used to integrate with the unit of inquiry from pre-school2 onwards uptill PYP5. Standalone skills are also taught during the IT lessons.