Elementary School

Elementary School

MET students are engaged with their education and the world that surrounds them. Our curriculum is purposefully designed to promote the all-round development of our young learners and, through a supportive, constructivist approach to teaching and learning, our students are able to broaden their knowledge base, extend their skills and deepen their understanding of key, universal concepts and ideas.

PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM AT THE MET

The MET is an IB World School, authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate's (IB) Primary Years Program, a rigorous and challenging program of international education that celebrates creativity, honors critical thinking and inspires a life-long enthusiasm for learning.

Our curriculum is purposefully designed to promote the all-round development of our young learners and, through a supportive, constructivist approach to teaching and learning, our students are able to broaden their knowledge base, extend their skills and deepen their understanding of key, universal concepts and ideas.

Our students work towards meeting a wide range of specific learning expectations in the areas of:

  • Language (English & Spanish)
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Personal, Social & Physical Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Drama

At the MET, however, we seek to maximize those learning opportunities which allow our students to meaningfully explore a wide range of issues and ideas that impact upon our world. To this end, we have developed a well-articulated Program of Inquiry, a matrix of transdisciplinary learning units for our students in Early Childhood 3 through 6th grade. These units encourage our students to ponder, question and explore the world in which we live, with open-mindedness, fairness and compassion.

WHAT IS THE IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM?

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is an international education program designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world. The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12 and works to develop the whole child, aiming to build within each young learner a passion for learning that will last a lifetime.

The principal defining characteristic of the PYP is a commitment to inquiry as a vehicle for concept-based learning: deepening our understanding of self, others and the world in which we live is arrived at not solely through exercising an inquiry skill set, but through adopting inquiry as a perspective a lens through which we can view and explore significant ideas, issues and phenomena.

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK?

In the PYP, six transdisciplinary themes head up our Program of Inquiry and help teachers and students explore knowledge in the broadest sense of the word. Each theme provides balance and integrity in and across the subject disciplines as well as the opportunity for our students to make meaningful learning connections.

Over the school year, children in Early Childhood 3 and Early Childhood 4 follow a series of units under four of these themes. In Kindergarten through 6th Grade, all six transdisciplinary themes are explored. Altogether, our Program of Inquiry comprises fifty units of inquiry, the scope and content of which we, as a school, consider to be engaging, challenging, significant and relevant.

These are:

  • 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

In the course of a unit, students use key questions to structure their inquiry and they acquire and apply a range of transdisciplinary skills in the process. The skills outlined by the program fall into five categories:

  1. self-management
  2. social
  3. thinking
  4. communication
  5. research. 

The Metropolitan School of Panama is one of the best international schools in Panama, offering the IB PYP

WHAT MAKES THE PYP AN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM?

The PYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national and international models. It provides children with a relevant and engaging curriculum framework that is used in all PYP schools no matter in which country the school is located. The PYP framework helps students develop an international perspective, universal human values and cultural awareness.

The IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. The IB Learner Profile represents 10 attributes valued by world schools through which individuals and groups can become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

These are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

HOW DOES THE PYP BENEFIT OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY?

The development of explicit attitudes, and the expectation of socially responsible behaviour, is also an essential element of the program. The attitudes we focus on are: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance.

  • PYP students develop a deeper personal commitment to action and service.

  • PYP students have a higher sense of fairness and justice.

  • PYP students respect the views, values, and traditions of other individuals and cultures.


 

For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.


Adam Dodge
Elementary School Principal
adodge@themetropolitanschool.com


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Amina LaCour
Assistant Director
IB PYP Curriculum Coordinator
alacour@themetropolitanschool.com

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