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The Changchun American International School PYP Program makes available our school’s PYP Assessment Policy, PYP Language Policy and PYP Programme Of Inquiry .

We are a proud PYP authorized school. The PYP is for students aged 3-12 and we provide an excellent foundation for our young learners’ futures by offering an exciting and forward-looking range of learning experiences. At CAIS our students will not only learn essential skills in literacy and numeracy, but they develop the confidence, global perspectives, second language skills, analytical thinking and learning independence necessary to support their success and development throughout lives that are sure to see new horizons and untold futures.

Our school provides a learning community made up of students, teachers, parents and staff from many diverse nations and cultures. This diversity is joined together by wonderful young students, passionate teachers and a committed body of parents who all play important roles in the development and growth of each other and the school. 

We welcome new learners to our community and hope to share our passion for learning with you as we keep striving and developing as a truly international school.


Primary Years Programme 


Curriculum framework

At the heart of the programme’s philosophy is a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry as the leading vehicle for learning.

Six transdisciplinary themes

Six transdisciplinary themes of global significance provide the framework for exploration and study:

 ·who we are

 ·where we are in place and time

 ·how we express ourselves

 ·how the world works

 ·how we organize ourselves

 ·sharing the planet.

Teachers are guided by these six transdisciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry that both transcend and articulate conventional subject boundaries.

The programme can be illustrated by a continuum with the six transdisciplinary themes surrounding six subject areas:


 ·social studies




 ·personal, social and physical education.

The transdisciplinary themes and subject areas outlined above form the knowledge element of the programme. 



Five essential elements

The five essential elements—concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action—are incorporated into this framework, so that students are given the opportunity to:

·gain knowledge that is relevant and of global significance

·develop an understanding of concepts, which allows them to make connections throughout their learning

·acquire transdisciplinary and disciplinary skills

·develop attitudes that will lead to international-mindedness

·take action as a consequence of their learning.

Curriculum model

The curriculum is expressed in three interrelated ways:

·the written curriculum—what do we want to learn

·the taught curriculum—how best will we learn

·the assessed curriculum—how will we know what we have learned

For more information on the International Baccalaureate and the Primary Years Programme please consult: http://ibo.org/pyp/