IB at KFS
THE PYP INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT KING FAISAL SCHOOL (KFS)
At King Faisal Primary School, students from grades 1 to 5 experience a unique IB experience. The flavor of IB is embodied in the friendly school culture, a prominent feature at KFS. The KFS PYP has a positive environment focuses on academic excellence. We work with our young leaders of the future to ensure that they exhibit characteristics of the IB Learner Profile during their elementary schooling.
In the PYP, students are developed academically, emotionally, socially and physically. The Learner Profile is used to shape students and strongly embedded in our behavior and reward system. Students are encouraged to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Caring, Thinkers, Risk-takers, Open-minded, Balanced, Communicators, Principled and Reflective. Students are at the center of every decision made in the PYP. Being student centered means that the KFS PYP does whatever it takes to helps students thrive; this is the number one concern for the PYP administration and staff members.
Students arrive every morning between 6:45 and 7:00am and are greeted outside by the PYP Principal and PYP Coordinator. The morning assembly is a regular part of the morning routine. We take advantage of the morning assembly to exhibit the five essential elements of the PYP: knowledge, content, skills, attitudes and action. Teachers do a wonderful job preparing students for morning assemblies. Students recite verses from the Holy Qur’an and hadith. They do communal morning exercises led by dedicated Physical Education teachers and then share what they have learned in their units of inquiry, through song, exercise, speeches, poetry and many other means. Students have an opportunity to show that they are growing every day as people who can make a difference in their school, at home, community and the world. Students sing the national anthem daily and then disperse to their classes to start their day.
The Program of Inquiry (POI) is comprised of 6 transdisciplinary units per year. All student learning in the KFS PYP is significant, relevant, engaging and challenging. To ensure a curriculum with these characteristics, PYP Staff members regularly review the program collaboratively, usually afterschool on Thursdays, during collaboration meetings. When an issue or unit becomes outdated or no longer significant, relevant, engaging or challenging, it is changed to something new and the POI is updated annually.