About our Programme

Utilizing the PYP framework, teaching and learning at HKCA Po Leung Kuk School celebrates the many ways children work together to construct meaning and make sense of the world. Through the interplay of asking, doing and thinking, this constructivist approach leads towards open, democratic classrooms. An education at our school will prepare these young people for a lifetime of learning, both independently and in collaboration with others, as we empower a community of learners to engage with global challenges through inquiry, action and reflection.

The IB Learner Profile

The aim of our primary school programme is to develop creative, critical thinkers who are internationally minded lifelong learners, and who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. We therefore value the following ten IB learner profile attributes, as learners strive to be:

They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Students Learn About Significant Concepts Through A Programme Of Inquiry

The six transdisciplinary themes that guide the Units of Inquiry (UOI) and compose a year of study are:

Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

How the world works

How we organise ourselves

Sharing the planet

We Believe Student Learning Is Best Done When It Is Authentic – Relevant To The “Real” World; And Transdisciplinary – Where The Learning Is Not Confined Within The Boundaries Of Traditional Subject Areas But Supported And Enriched By Them.

Units of Inquiry (UOI) interweave traditional subject areas such as Art, Chinese, English, Mathematics, Music, PE, Science and Social Studies in a holistic manner. This approach encourages students to make their own connections between what they learn in these subject areas and how it all relates to the world around them.

Language is a medium of inquiry and plays an essential role in learning.

The primary language of instruction at the School is English. In our school community, a command of English is the key to accessing information and communicating. In addition, we offer daily Chinese lessons with two or three streams, depending on ability: Mandarin (Putonghua), using traditional characters.

We are Guided By The Following Five Essential Elements

The action component emphasises the need for each student to connect with his or her own potential and responsibility for using what has been learned.

The learning attitudes aim to develop a lifelong love of learning and nurture a child’s curiosity and confidence.

The learning skills aim to help students become independent, well-functioning, self-motivated learners.

The concepts which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas.

The knowledge content is organised under the transdisciplinary themes. Teachers at each school collaboratively plan and reflect on which specific topics to study under each theme.