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The Primary Years Programme

At the heart of the programme's philosophy is a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry as the leading vehicle for learning.

The program of inquiry is the school's framework for the PYP. It is based on six organizing themes that provide the structure for the exploration of knowledge. Students explore subject disciplines through these questions and are challenged to engage in important ideas.


The six transdisciplinary themes are:

Who We Are
An exploration of the nature of the self; of our beliefs and values; of personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; of our families, friends, communities and cultures; of our rights and responsibilities; of what it means to be human.

Where We Are in Place and Time
An exploration of our orientation in place and time; of our personal histories; of history and geography from local and global perspectives; of our homes and journeys; of the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; of the contributions of individuals and civilizations.

How We Express Ourselves
An exploration of the ways in which we discover and express our nature, ideas, feelings, beliefs and values through language and the arts.

How the World Works
An exploration of the physical and material world; of natural and human-made phenomena; of the world of science and technology.

How We Organize Ourselves
An exploration of human systems and communities; of the world of work, its nature and its value; of employment and unemployment and their impact on us and the world around us.

Sharing the Planet
An exploration of our rights and responsibilities as we strive to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; of communities and of the relationships within and between them.


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) written curriculum incorporates five essential elements of learning: understanding of concepts, the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, the development of positive attitudes and the opportunity for positive actions.  The IB identifies a body of knowledge for all students in six subject areas: language, social studies, mathematics, arts, science and technology, and personal, social and physical education, all meet the IB PYP strands and American standards of learning.


General regulations: Primary Years Programme
Rules for IB World Schools - Primary Years Programme

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