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Primary Years Programme

PreK-Grade 5

In PreK through Grade 5, the Lakes International Language Academy curriculum is modeled on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework which focuses on the development of the whole student as an inquirer in the classroom, and in the world community. It sets high standards for our instructors and high expectations for our students.

Early learning for preschoolers and kindergartners is holistic, integrating social-emotional, physical, and cognitive opportunities for development. Guided learning takes place in a dynamic environment that promotes play, discovery, exploration, inquiry, and reflection.  As students progress, the PYP uses powerful strategies of inquiry to build students’ knowledge and deeply study particular topics. Students and teachers work toward answering a few broad questions using many resources across subject areas while practicing reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and other skills, in the process. This adds relevance to the learning experience and a sense of product, rather than a seemingly unrelated collection of facts and skills. 

The Units of Inquiry form the foundation of the PYP curriculum. Teachers and students pursue learning together based on a series of fundamental concepts:

  • Who are we 
  • Where are we in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works 
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Research results have led the PYP to conclude that clusters of important ideas can usefully be grouped under this set of overarching concepts, each of which has major significance, regardless of time or place, within and across disciplines.

LILA's Programme of Inquiry explores the primary concepts according to grade levels, building on the students’ knowledge of themselves, their communities, and the world. As a culmination of their PYP years, fifth-graders research, document, and share their understanding of topic of personal significance. This evening of presentations and discussions is called Exhibition - a highlight for our LILA community.