The SBS Curriculum

The PYP inspires creative thinking, learning and growth; the learner is the focal point of all elements of the PYP. Our curriculum is significant, relevant, challenging and engaging. There is, in every curriculum, a natural duality of content and pedagogy. At Sunnybrook this fusion of meaningful content and engaging teaching brings learning to life for our students:

The content of our curriculum is derived from the traditional disciplines. The pedagogy draws on contemporary methods, with a strong emphasis on inquiry based learning. Our goal is for our students to construct their own meaning as they explore concepts, build knowledge and develop skills. They collaborate with their peers to ask meaningful questions and pursue understanding in all areas of their learning. Through a purposeful blend of interesting content and intriguing presentation, children are drawn in and learning comes alive.

IB at Sunnybrook School

The PYP Program of Inquiry (POI) holds the content learning in the disciplines of science, history, geography and social studies, as well as applications of language arts, math and art, and other areas of study. The POI at Sunnybrook is unique to our school, was developed by our faculty and is reviewed on an ongoing basis. This curriculum has been written and refined by the faculty of Sunnybrook School in accordance with the framework of the IB PYP, and with reference to the guidelines of the Ontario Ministry of Education. At SBS the IB PYP is complemented by our rich Literacy Curriculum and the Singapore Math Program.

The IB Learner Profile

Our students learn how to be good citizens of the school in many ways. The Learner Profile gives us a common vocabulary for teaching the values and behaviors that contribute to a strong community where everyone takes responsibility and feels valued. These are the dispositions of the IB Learner Profile.

Thinkers
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Risk-takers
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Knowledgeable
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global signficance.

Principled
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Caring
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Open-minded
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Balanced
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives — intellectual, physical, and emotional — to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.