IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME

The PYP is designed for students ages 3 - 12, and offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. It provides an internationally designed model for concurrency in learning and incorporates guidelines on student learning styles, teaching methodologies and assessment strategies.

IB PYP Model:



The curriculum framework of the PYP contains five elements: concepts, knowledge, skills, attitude and action. The knowledge component is developed through inquiries into six transdisciplinary themes of global significance (see below for detailed descriptions), supported and balanced by six subject areas.


The curriculum framework is further structured around three interrelated questions:

  • What do we want to learn? (the written curriculum)

  • How best will we learn? (the taught curriculum)

  • How will we know what we have learned? (the learned curriculum)


The Six PYP Transdisciplinary Themes of Global Significance

Who we are

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health, human relationships, including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind, the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How the world works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and the environment.

How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision making ; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

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