The Primary Years Program is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
Focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values, students’ academic, social, and emotional wellbeing will be developed. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.
The program incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links among them. The themes include “Who We Are”, “ Sharing the Planet”, “ How the World Works”, “Where We Are in Place and Time”, “How We Express Ourselves”, and “How We Organize Ourselves”. These themes are selected for their relevance to the real worlds. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas.
The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant for learners. It provides a curriculum framework of essential elements: the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future.