International Baccalaureate

Primary Years Programme
Milgate PS became an authorised IB World School* in 2014, offering the Primary Years Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students.

“In a PYP school, every class, every team, even the whole school has an essential agreement which sets the tone for learning, interaction, collaboration and teamwork. At the beginning of each year all the students and teachers create an essential agreement in their class.” 

Staff Essential Agreement 2018

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Transdisciplinary Themes



The Programme of Inquiry (POI) is the enriched IB PYP curriculum that all students at Milgate PS undertake.  The POI is designed using the six IB Transdisciplinary themes and incorporates an inquiry model of learning. 

Each inquiry unit our student’s undertake has essential elements to guide the inquiry.

A Central Idea
All learning in the unit is built around this idea. It encompasses the several lines of inquiry that the children will explore. The Central Idea defines the scope of the student inquiry.

Key Concepts
Each one our units of inquiry focus on the eight key concepts of form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, and reflection. Each key concept is a way of looking at the Central Idea, and we use the key concepts to organise our thoughts and questions about the unit.

Lines of Inquiry
The lines of inquiry help us define the Central Idea and how we want to address it. As we plan a unit, we consider the various aspects and concepts we need to use in order to learn what needs to be learned. We form 3-5 lines of inquiry which will represent a number of days of study within the unit.


The Exhibition is an important part of the PYP for all students. As part of the final year of their PYP programme, students are undertaking a collaborative, Transdisciplinary inquiry that involves them identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.

As the culminating experience of the PYP, the Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for students to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning.

It is an opportunity for students to:

  • Engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry;
  • Demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning;
  • Explore multiple perspectives;
  • Synthesise and apply their learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP;
  • Demonstrate how they can take action as a result of their learning;
  • Unite all members of the school community in a shared experience of the PYP; and
  • Celebrate the students’ transition from primary to secondary education.

Throughout PYP Exhibition inquiry, each group of students is assigned a mentor who will support the group through the process.  Groups meet with their mentors on a weekly basis and/or additionally as needed.  Mentors play a vital role in the Exhibition process and can help students meet their goals by asking questions, suggesting resources, helping to interpret difficult language and facilitating interviews or telephone calls.

*Only schools authorised by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate).