• The Mission of International Baccalaureate in Schools Worldwide:

    The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

    These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


    The Programme of Inquiry

    The Programme of Inquiry (POI) is an inquiry-based framework that outlines units for each grade level.  The units in this framework have been developed vertically, at the grade level, and horizontally from one grade level to the next.  In inquiry-based learning, students ask questions, make connections to prior knowledge, learn new ideas, and think critically about how to best solve problems.

    The teachers at Bancroft have developed the POI through on-going and extensive collaboration.  We revisit it regularly to ensure it is relevant, engaging, challenging, and significant.  The POI is built around six globally significant, transdisciplinary themes. Transdisciplinary themes are universal and globally centered. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade study each theme on an annual basis and students in High 5 study four of the themes.

    The Transdisciplinary Themes:

    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.    

    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 interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.    

    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.    

    How the World Works

    An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interactions 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.   

    How We Organize Ourselves

    An inquiry into the interconnectedness 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.

    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.


    Essential elements in the PYP

    The five essential elements of the PYP are:

    • Knowledge, which is both disciplinary, represented by traditional subject areas (language, maths, science, social studies, arts, PSPE) and transdisciplinary
    • Concepts, which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas
    • Skills, which are the broad capabilities students develop and apply during learning and in life beyond the classroom
    • Attitudes, which contribute to international-mindedness and the wellbeing of individuals and learning communities,  and connect directly to the IB Learner Profile
    • Action, which is an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.
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