IB Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP) consists of Early Childhood Pre-KG and KG 1 and 2, and Years 1 to 5. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom, and builds upon the natural curiosity of the child. It is designed for children from the ages of 3 to 11, and at SISQ the IB PYP will be headed up by our Head of Junior School, Susan Anderson. 

The Programme has an overall framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry. 

The six transdisciplinary themes within the IB Primary Years Programme:

  • Who We Are
  • Where We Are in Place and Time
  • How the World Work
  • How We Organise Ourselves
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • Sharing the Planet

The six subject areas within the IB Primary Years Programme:

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Personal, Social and Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • The Arts

The IB PYP aims to:

  • Address students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
  • Encourage students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Support students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
  • Help students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an excellent foundation for the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes*.


*SISQ is a Candidate School to offer the IB Primary Years Programme, and is currently pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org


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