The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to engage with the world in a ‘hands-on’ and interactive manner, encouraging an active learning approach. The PYP is a developmental, inquiry-based programme where students are guided through learning experiences based on real-life, which provide opportunities for students to build meaning and refine understanding from experiences in the social and physical world that surrounds them.
The PYP aims for a balance between acquiring essential knowledge and skills, whilst developing conceptual understanding, positive attitudes and the taking of responsible action. To help achieve this balance, the five essential elements are emphasised: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action.
The PYP is organised around six transdisciplinary themes across all subject areas which allows for in-depth inquiry and the development of critical-thinking skills. Connections are made between the disciplines – Language, Maths, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, the Arts and PE – and to the real world. The transdisciplinary themes allow students to think about and consider the big ideas which affect them and their world. Through the Units of Inquiry, students explore local, national and global issues, whilst constantly returning to the individual and considering what relevance these concepts have for them.