International Baccalaureate (IB)
Primary Years Programme 

Carlyle Elementary School

ib-primary-programThe IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 - 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

The PYP offers an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework that builds conceptual understanding. It is a student-centered approach to education for children aged 3-12. It reflects the best of educational research, thought leadership and experience derived from IB World Schools.

The PYP has evolved to become a world leader in future-focused education. The PYP is an example of best educational practice globally, responding to the challenges and opportunities facing young students in our rapidly changing world.

Why choose the IB Primary Years Programme?

Life in the 21st century places many changing demands on students making the transition through adolescence. They are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical, and intellectual development, uncertainty, and questioning. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.

Since February 11, 2013 Carlyle Elementary School has been authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Programme (PYP). There are 6 units of inquiry being taught from kindergarten to grade 6 and 4 units of inquiry for pre-kindergarten. The IB attitudes and the IB Learner Profiles are demonstrated daily.

As a parent, you can support the IB-PYP and your child's learning by:

  • Know the unit theme and central idea
  • Discussing and encouraging your child’s ideas which can arise during a unit of study
  • Discuss and encourage your child’s ideas arising from inquiry topics
  • Encouraging your child to take ACTION

What does an IB education mean for you or your adolescent? Learn more by downloading the digital brochure.

For more information, please visit the IB website at

What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme?
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB - PYP) is a transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, whether he/she is gifted, average or with special needs.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB - PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.
What is the curriculum framework?
The curriculum framework can be illustrated by six transdisciplinary themes surrounding six subject areas:
  • language (English and French)
  • social studies
  • mathematics
  • arts
  • science and technology
  • personal, social and physical education.
What opportunities are the students given?
The five essential elements are included in every unit of inquiry: skills, attitudes, action, concepts keys and knowledge – they are incorporated into the curriculum framework so that students are given the opportunity to:
  • gain knowledge that is relevant and of global significance
  • develop an understanding of concepts, which allows them to make connections throughout their learning
  • acquire transdisciplinary and disciplinary skills
  • develop attitudes that will lead to international-mindedness and
  • take action as a consequence of their learning.
How does the IB define "international education"?
The International Baccalaureate chooses to define "international education" according to the following criteria. Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language, and learning to live together by:
  • Building and reinforcing students sense of identity and cultural awareness
  • Fostering students recognition and development of universal human values
  • Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
  • Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
  • Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
  • Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods that meet the needs of all students, whether they are gifted, average or with special needs
  • Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking.
Shape the Future

In their own words, the IB Primary Years Programme explained by IB students and teachers.

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