5-11 years old


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a transdisciplinary curriculum framework with an inquiry approach to conceptual learning and teaching. It is taught in over 100 countries of the world. The learner, and the learning community, is at the centre of learning and teaching. Through the embodiment of the attributes of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile the programme strives to build cultural understanding and internationally minded young people.

Throughout an academic year, student inquiry is guided by conceptual ideas that are connected to six transdisciplinary themes of global significance. Bridges between subject disciplines are fostered and developed to build transferable knowledge, understanding and skills. The PYP has five Essential Elements which are outlined below.


Our experienced staff from a variety of backgrounds and experiences provide a stimulating and challenging international learning environment for our primary students, building on their previous knowledge and taking them forward on their learning journey. Collaboration is a key aspect in the success of our learning community, where the relationship with families, students and teachers is nurtured and valued. We take advantage of our dynamic learning environment as well as the community and resources around us to enhance and deepen our students’ learning experiences and encourage them to wonder and question the world around them, constantly making connections between their learning at school and their life experiences. As IB students, children learn to acquire information from a range of sources and approach their learning with specifically developed skills that help them to become life-long learners. As IB teachers, we too continue on our learning journey as we adapt and develop our skills and approaches to teaching to the needs of our students and our circumstances in our ever-changing world.

— Becky Taylor, Deputy Principal Primary & PYP Coordinator


We encourage the children to see their learning as valuable experiences that, as well as forming their intellectual development, should guide how they act. Therefore, learning should be demonstrated by positive action and service. The children are encouraged to reflect, choose wisely and to act responsibly with their peers, school staff and in the wider community. All children also have the opportunity to contribute to the student council.

Alongside the Learner Profile, PYP teachers aim to foster a set of attitudes in our children, which are discussed, modelled and reflected upon through the units of inquiry. These twelve attitudes help towards students being life-long learners on the global stage.

Thinking conceptually through a unit of inquiry helps the children to view topics and issues through various lenses. The PYP is built around eight key concepts which are used across all subject areas.

These concepts are:

Form: What does it look like?
Function: How does it work?
Causation: Why is it this way?
Change: How does it change over time?
Connection: How is it connected to other things?
Perspective: What are the points of view?
Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
Reflection: How do we know?

What we teach is based on the themes of the PYP, current research and the needs of our school community.

At the beginning of each unit parents receive a Unit Newsletter which outlines the objectives for the unit and how parents can support their child to develop their understanding. There are clear assessment tools and strategies and standards which align with those outlined by the IB.

As well as learning specific subjects skills, there are many transdisciplinary skills that our students should develop that transcend subject areas and are not limited to one subject. These ‘Approaches to Learning’ are developed throughout the units of inquiry.