Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Programme, Primary Years Programme (PYP), is the framework for the organization of the curriculum. The PYP is driven by concept acquisition and is inquiry-based. Students explore concepts in mathematics, science and technology, language, social studies, arts, and physical education.

The IB PYP is a guided inquiry approach to learning and teaching. Inquiry-based units of study, known as Units of Inquiry, are the focus for teaching and learning. Students explore concepts and experience what it is like to think and act like a historian, scientist, engineer or a mathematician. Within each Unit of Inquiry students and teachers identify together what they want to know, what they already know, what they need to know and how best they might find that out. 
In the inquiry-based classroom there is increased emphasis on real life situations, decision-making, problem solving, research and action. Students are actively:

  • Exploring, wondering and questioning
  • Experimenting and playing with possibilities
  • Researching and seeking information
  • Collecting data and reporting findings
  • Clarifying existing ideas and reappraising events
  • Deepening understanding through the application of a concept or rule
  • Making and testing theories
  • Making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens
  • Elaborating on solutions to problems.

Please refer to the Curriculum Guide to learn more about the Primary Years Programme.

For more information, or further documents pertaining to the Primary Years Programme (PYP), please contact Sagrario Argüelles (PYP Coordinator) at