IB-PYP General Information

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 which meet the needs of all students, whether they are gifted, average or with special needs
  • Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking.

For more information, please visit the IB web site at http://www.ibo.org.