The PYP Classroom

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In the dynamic and engaging environment of a Primary Years Program (PYP) classroom, young learners embark on a journey of discovery and inquiry, fostering a foundation for lifelong learning and holistic development. Teachers play a crucial role as facilitators, guiding students on this learning journey and supporting them in becoming critical thinkers, communicators, and responsible global citizens.

Through a combination of engaging classroom activities, collaborative projects, and real-world connections, the PYP encourages students to explore, inquire, and develop a deep understanding of the world around them.

IB learner profile

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile is a set of ten attributes that aim to develop students into well-rounded individuals who are not only academically competent but also socially responsible.

These attributes include being inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.

The IB Learner Profile encourages students to approach learning with curiosity, embrace diverse perspectives, act with integrity, and take initiative

in addressing global challenges. It serves as a guiding framework for fostering a holistic and internationally-minded education, preparing students to contribute positively to their communities and the world.

Approaches to Learning (ATL Skills)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) places a strong emphasis on the development of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills, recognizing their pivotal role in shaping students into lifelong learners. These skills encompass five key areas: communication, research, social, self-management, and thinking skills.

In the PYP classroom, students are encouraged to refine their communication skills through effective expression and interpretation of ideas, collaborate with peers, and develop a profound sense of social responsibility. Research skills empower students to inquire, investigate, and analyze information critically, while thinking skills stimulate creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making. Self-management skills equip students with the ability to organize time, set goals, and reflect on their learning journey.

By nurturing these ATL skills, the PYP not only supports academic excellence but also cultivates well-rounded individuals who are equipped to thrive in an ever-evolving global landscape.


In their final year of the Primary Years Program students are expected to carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry project, known as the exhibition, under the guidance of their teachers.

The exhibition represents a significant event in the life of both the school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the programme and sharing them with the whole school community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the student profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the programme. It is a culminating experience marking the transition from the PYP to the Middle Years Programme (MYP).