The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an inquiry-based learning approach designed for students aged 3 to 12 years old. The PYP aims to develop the whole child by focusing on their academic, social, and emotional growth.
At the heart of the PYP is inquiry-based learning, which encourages students to ask questions, explore, discover, and construct their own understanding of the world around them. The program is designed to foster student curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills while promoting intercultural understanding and respect. The PYP framework is organized around six transdisciplinary themes that help students make connections between different subject areas and their own lives. Years 3-6 do four themes and years 6-7to six do all six themes.
Who we are
• Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
Where we are in place and time
• Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
How we express ourselves
• Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
How the world works
• Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
How we organize ourselves
• Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
Sharing the planet
• Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.