International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Pinkerton Elementary is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme campus. These are schools that share a common philosophy--a commitment to a high quality, challenging, international education that Pinkerton believes is important for our learners.
Pinkerton IB MissionWe empower learners to become inquirers and compassionate individuals who make innovative contributions to our global society.
IB Mission StatementThe 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.At Pinkerton:
• Instruction is delivered through an inquiry-based model of learning, integrating all subject areas
• Learners engage in independent research beginning in first grade through multiple technology platforms.
• Each unit incorporates cultural awareness and promotes thinking from global perspectives.
• Language acquisition is enriched through weekly Spanish instruction.
• International mindedness inspires learners to take action in their community or world.
• Learning is showcased through digital portfolios and learner-led conferences.
• Outdoor education through the Pinkerton Patch is an integral part of all core academic areas.
• Fine Arts instruction is authentic and hands-on helping learners make genuine connections.
“You don't just learn about your community, you learn about others around the world.” –Stella, 3rd Grade
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Is an Inquiry Based Learning Model that Focuses on:
• The whole child as an inquirer
• A learners academic, social, and emotional well-being
• Learners developing independence and taking responsibility for their own learning
• A framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance
• Fostering international-mindedness with the flexibility to accommodate the state’s curriculum (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills)*Only schools authorized by the international Baccalaureate (IB) as IB World Schools can offer any of its three academic programs: the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), or the IB Diploma Program. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programs, visit www.ibo.org.
“The learners at Pinkerton are becoming more independent in their thinking, problem solving, and they have a genuine concern for helping our world become a better place." –Rhonda Pickrell, Educator
Learning is spiraled through the grades and aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Units incorporate all content areas, including math, science, language and literacy, social studies and fine arts. There are six transdisciplinary themes that are covered in each grade level yearly. Here are some examples with their descriptors: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.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 interaction 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.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.
The greater depth of knowledge that is developed over the years provides the foundational skills that are necessary for study in all advanced content areas as well as for lifelong learning.