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IB Primary Years Program

The Primary Years Programme prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

What is the Primary Years Programme?

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance. These are explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

The IB Primary Years Programme:

  • Addresses academic, social and emotional well-being of the students.
  • 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 to establish personal values as a foundation upon which international mindedness will develop and flourish

An aim of the PYP is to create a transdisciplinary curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3-12 age range.

What makes the IB PYP unique?

The IB PYP is different from other curricula because it:

  • Encourages students to think critically and challenge assumptions.
  • Incorporates quality practice from research and global community of schools.
  • encourages students to consider both local and global contexts.
  • Develops multilingual students

The IB PYP provides a continuum of education that is united by the IB’s philosophy and approaches to learning and teaching. The programme encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development. IB PYP incorporates quality practice from national and international research and the IB global community. It encourages students to be international-minded, within a complex and hyper-connected world. Through IB, students learn how to learn.

This programme helps students to:

  • Ask challenging questions
  • Think critically
  • Develop research skills proven to help them in higher education.

IB PYP also encourages students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic studies.

Source: IBO website