Primary (PP5 Kinder–1st Grade)

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) develops in young minds the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

The five essential elements of the curriculum are concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and action.  The learning model is constructive and based on the belief that students come into any learning situation with prior knowledge which can be built upon.  This is the starting point for our learning.

Children are encouraged to develop their dispositions to learn, their confidence and self-esteem, their ability to think for themselves and to show initiative.

The program’s framework is driven by concept acquisition and is inquiry-based. Our students will explore six units of inquiry. Each unit has a science and/or social studies focus with language, arts and math infused throughout.

Six Units of Inquiry

1. Who We Are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

2. Where We Are In Place And Time
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnections of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

3. How We Express Ourselves
An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

4. How The World Works
An 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.

5. How We Organize Ourselves
An inquiry into the interconnections 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.

6. Sharing The Planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Parent PYP Workshop

AEBS will offer a “PYP Workshop” for parents new to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) as part of the International Baccalaureate®.

The objective is to create an understanding of the PYP philosophy and pedagogy through hands-on experience.

Parents will get a flavor of what happens in a PYP classroom and how takes part in inquiry-based learning experiences in four different stations. AEBS Parents will get a deeper insight into what trans-disciplinary teaching and learning look like in Language, Math, Science and Social Studies in brief 20-minute sessions. The focus is on concepts rather than content and how it is communicated in each station.

The learning experience is woven together by a common central idea under the theme ‘Sharing the Planet’. Parents also get an overview of the philosophy and importance of the Learner Profile in the PYP curriculum. At each station, you will be able to demonstrate your understanding through a variety of assessment tools such as the continuum, rubric and checklist. At the end, parents will be asked to reflect on their learning and provide feedback.

Service Learning

Austin Eco Bilingual School will be implementing a new program that will develop good practices in terms of learning and service.

Teachers will focus on how to incorporate curricular content and collaborative practices into a school project. To ensure success, AEBS will be collaborating with the programs. We will be working with Margaret on 15 days of Caring TIPS to contribute to the growth of a fraternal and cooperative culture in Latin American through the development of service-learning projects.

These projects will equip each child with roots and wings to thrive in a global world. Our students grow roots through celebration of the diverse cultural and linguistic heritages and traditions at AEBS.

Some of our programs are:

  • Kid’s Global View
  • Bridge Project for Education
  • 15 Days of Caring
  • Passport for Peace Project
  • Green Apple Day of Service
  • Love for Heroes Project
  • Angel Tree Project
  • Elderly Love Project
  • A Love Toy Project
  • Shelter Project

Student Leadership

Austin Eco Bilingual School aims to develop students who are ethical, public-minded and who possess a pluralistic outlook. Both curricular and co-curricular activities work to educate effective home-grown leaders who are actively engaged in their local communities and are aware of the implications of their actions.

Not only do these opportunities provide an environment to explore and enhance skills such as cooperation and problem solving, they also enable students to set personal goals and challenge themselves.

Leadership activities instill in participants a sense of community ownership, creativity and a collaborative spirit, which prepares them for a lifetime of active engagement and leadership.

Primary Sample Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:15-8:30 Personal Ed (Sharing time) Personal Ed (Sharing time) Personal Ed (Sharing time) Personal Ed (Sharing time) Personal Ed (Sharing time) Kinder Spanish Teacher
8:30-9:30 Spanish LA French Spanish LA Mandarin Spanish LA Special/Kinder Teacher
9:30-10:30 Centers Lang. Arts Centers Centers Centers Kinder Teacher
10:30-11:30 Math Inquiry Centers Math Inquiry Math Inquiry Math Inquiry Kinder Teacher
11:30-12:00 Science Inquiry Science Inquiry Science Inquiry Science Inquiry Science Inquiry Kinder Teacher
12:00-12:45 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Kinder Teacher
12:45-1:30 PE Art Library PE Computer Different Specials
1:30-2:30 English LA English LA English LA English LA English LA Kinder Teacher
2:30-3:15 Social Std. Inquiry Social Std. Inquiry Social Std. Inquiry Social Std. Inquiry Social Std. Inquiry Kinder Teacher

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To know more about how we apply IB methodology, please review our AEBS IB PYP Policies and transdisciplinary skills.