IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The PYP promotes an international perspective which recognizes and welcomes the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds. A PYP school strives towards developing an internationally-minded person who demonstrates the attributes of the IB learner profile

The core curriculum is taught by the class teacher while art, music/drama, library and physical education are taught by single subject teachers. Information Communication Technology is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum.

Units of Inquiry

We use an inquiry-based approach where our teaching methods build upon individual understandings, knowledge and interests, emphasizing how to learn and how to delve deeper, while developing critical thinking skills. The units of inquiry make up the programme of inquiry and are developed under the IB's transdisciplinary themes, making learning for understanding more effective.

Each unit of inquiry allows the students to explore key concepts such as:

  • Form: What is it like?
  • Function: How does it work? and
  • Reflection: How do we know?

Concepts are big ideas that children inquire into to ensure that they understand what they are learning. Concepts such as change, migration and survival drive units of inquiry, while concepts such as motion, rhythm and pattern drive single subject teaching at NIS.

Essential Elements

The PYP curriculum gives students the opportunity to take an active role in their learning and is based on five essential

  • Concepts
  • Skills
  • Knowledge
  • Attitudes
  • Action

The PYP also requires the development of transdisciplinary skills which transcend the individual subject areas. These include thinking, communication, social, research and self-management skills.

We also aim to develop appropriate attitudes, including appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance.

Finally, students are encouraged to apply all that they have learned by taking action, not only in the School community, but also in the wider world. Effective action is voluntary and involves the students in exercising their own initiatives and taking on responsibilities.


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