The PYP seeks to balance the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking of responsible action. Therefore these five essential elements are emphasized in the written curriculum:
Knowledge      Significant, relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know
about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding
Powerful ideas that have relevance within the subject areas but also transcend them and that students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in-depth
Those capabilities that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature.
Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people.
Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through responsible action;
a manifestation in practice of the other essential
All IB PYP schools throughout the world design their own IB PYP curriculum around the following six organizing themes:
 Who we are transdisciplinary themse poster image.jpg
 Where we are in place and time
 How we express ourselves
 How the world works
 How we organize ourselves
 How we share the planet
Once the curriculum has been designed, it is referred to a programme of inquiry. It reflects 36 units that incorporate state standards and identify units that administrators and teachers feel are relevant to a child's learning. Midland's programme of inquiry is posted around the building or by clicking HERE.
The IB PYP curriculum at Midland International is designed to:
  • enrich each child’s understanding of the world in which he/she lives
  • develop skills which are essential to language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, art, music, physical education and French
  •  provide the knowledge and the opportunity for application of a second language;
  •  grant active learning through "Methods of Inquiry" which are essential to the teaching/learning   process
  •  promote/reflect state standards and benchmarks
  •  allow students to construct meaning through guided inquiry
  •  create students who are well-balanced, lifelong learners.
  •  encourage student action