PYP1Dhahran Ahliyya Schools is an authorized IB PYP (Primary Years Programme) school. The IB Primary Years Programme ranges from Pre-KG to Grade 5 and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the global society.
PYP and DAS share the belief that the students learn best when they are exposed to authentic real-world experiences and reflect upon their learning. Students build their own knowledge and incorporate new information in their schema to develop their understanding. The PYP incorporates real-world knowledge into six transdisciplinary themes, where the learning is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subject areas but is supported and enriched by them. PYP students have agency, they take responsibility and ownership of their learning and put their knowledge into action to make a positive change locally and globally. At DAS, we teach concepts, skills, and knowledge to support the development of international mindedness in our students.

Action, the core of student agency, is integral to the PYP learning process. DAS puts international mindedness into action by connecting learner agency to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We use the SDGs to bring global issues into our classrooms and spread awareness about the world around them to develop empathy, take action and bring about change.
Being a bilingual school, we have two homeroom teachers working together cooperatively inside each classroom to teach:
• Arabic and English languages
• Mathematics
• Social Studies
• Science
• Subject specific teachers are responsible for Religious Studies, Arts, ICT and PSPE.

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IB learner profile

As IB learners we strive to be:

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global signi¬ficance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves con¬fidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.