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IB Primary Years Program

Primary Years Programme (PYP – Pre K - Grade 5) The primary years programme provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students aged 3-11 (Pre K to grade 5). This seven year program begins in Pre K and culminates in grade 5. 

The Primary Years Programme provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The PYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century. The PYP culminates with in year 5 with a exhibition project. 

Primary Years Program Video 


Trans-disciplinary Themes:

In the PYP, there are six learning contexts which encourage international-mindedness and global engagement in the programme.  These six trans-displinary themes have been conceptualized by the human universal experiences shared by all cultures on the planet.  They are Who we are; Where we are in time and place; How we express ourselves; How the world works; How we organize ourselves; Sharing the planet. These pervade and recur throughout the seven years of the PYP, through the six subject groups, but also through interdisciplinary teaching and projects, whole school learning experiences and the PYP exhibition project The trans-disciplinary themes are not directly assessed nor awarded individual grades, since they are perspectives from which the subjects are studied rather than subjects.

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in time and place
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Academic Disciplines: The Subject Groups The Primary Years Program emphasizes achievement in six subject areas:

  • language
  • social studies
  • arts
  • mathematics
  • science
  • personal, social and physical education.

The emphasis is on a conceptual framework with objectives that are oriented towards skills and the learning process.