PYP Personal, Social & Physical Education

PYP Personal, Social & Physical Education

In the PYP, Personal, Social and Physical Education (PSPE) is concerned with the individual's well-being through the promotion and development of concepts, knowledge, attitudes and skills that contribute to this well-being. Well-being is intrinsically linked to all aspects of a student's experience at school and beyond. It encompasses physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social health and development and contributes to an understanding of self, to developing and maintaining relationships with others, and to participation in an active, healthy lifestyle.

PSPE is integral to teaching and learning in the PYP and is embodied in the IB Learner Profile. It represents the qualities of internationally-minded students and effective lifelong learners. To develop the well-being of each student, we inquire into the big ideas embedded in the following three strands: Identity, Active Living and Interactions.

At ISP, all teachers and members of staff are recognized as being instrumental in a student's well being. Many aspects of these strands are modeled, taught and discussed in Units of Inquiry, the teaching of single subjects and everyday routines such as dismissal, snack time, lunch, park time and field trips.

In addition, Physical Education (PE) is taught by a specialist group of teachers. The PE curriculum is embedded within the three strands in many different ways such as through games, athletics, swimming, gymnastics and adventure challenges. These strands come from the PYP PSPE Scope and Sequence (2009).

Identity

An understanding of our own beliefs, values, attitudes, experiences and feelings and how they shape us; the impact of cultural influences; the recognition of strengths, limitations and challenges as well as the ability to cope successfully with situations of change and adversity; how the learner's concept of self and feelings of self-worth affect his or her approach to learning and how he or she interacts with others.

Active Living

An understanding of the factors that contribute to developing and maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle; the importance of regular physical activity; the body's response to exercise; the importance of developing basic motor skills; the understanding and developing the body's potential for movement and expression; the importance of nutrition; the understanding the causes and possible prevention of ill health; the promotion of safety; the rights and the responsibilities we have to ourselves and to others to promote well-being; the importance of making informed choices and evaluating consequences, and taking action for healthy living now and in the future.

Interactions

An understanding of how an individual interacts with other people, other living things and the wider world; behaviors, rights and responsibilities of individuals in their relationships with others, communities, society and the world around them; the awareness and understanding of similarities and differences; an appreciation of the environment and an understanding of, and commitment to, humankind's responsibility as custodians of the Earth for future generations.