Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed to build upon the natural curiosity of the child. Intended for children ages 3 through 12, the programme focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Students participate in four to six 'Units of Inquiry' per year.

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To ensure that children acquire a broad base of knowledge, the Units of Inquiry are developed under six 'organising themes'

  • Who We Are
  • Where We Are in Place and Time
  • How the World Work
  • How We Organise Ourselves
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • Sharing the Planet

The six subject areas of Language, Social Studies, Personal, Social and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science and Technology and the Arts are woven into the Units of Inquiry to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to learning. In the last year of the PYP, students participate in the PYP Exhibition showcasing their development through their engagement with the PYP.

The IB Primary Years Programme

  • Addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
  • Encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
  • Helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

The PYP is the first of the IB programmes of education. It gives students an excellent foundation for the IB’s other programmes, the MYP, DP and IBCP.