Primary Years Programme

The PYP is dedicated for students to become active and lifelong learners.

By choosing to implement the PYP, schools will develop students’ academic, social and emotional well-being, focusing on international mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging all students to take responsability for their learning. To do so, our school is now implementing the full PYP program to students at ERV to Primary from Nursery to Year 6.

The PYP Transdisciplinary framework

The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond.

Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the programme places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include “who we are”, “where we are in place and time” and “how the world works”.

Taking on the PYP is a path of discovery for schools. The PYP invigorates learning and teaching, and transforms school community and culture.

The PYP consists of 8 key concepts, namely: Form, Function, Causation, Change, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility and Reflection. The understanding that everything has a form with recognisable features that can be observed, identified, described and categorised.

  • There are five key components to the IB/PYP curriculum: Attitudes, Knowledge, Key Concepts, Skills, and Action.
  • Attitudes. There are twelve attitudes we want students to value and exhibit. 
  • Knowledge. There are six transdisciplinary themes students will investigate throughout the school year.
  • The IB-PYP Attitudes are a vital focus in the development of positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning. These are the day to day attitudes we use: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.
Action in the PYP. Taking action is an integral conclusion to the learning that incorporates students making connections to what they have learned, applying a variety of real life skills, demonstrating an enduring understanding through concepts and reflecting on the attributes of the learner profile and attitudes.