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Primary Years Programme*


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme* is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12 that focuses on the transdisciplinary framework of the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond.
An aim of the PYP is to create a transdisciplinary curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. In developing a curriculum of international education for primary school students, the PYP definition of curriculum is broad and inclusive. In the PYP, students learn how to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own learning through an inquiry-led approach.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme* (PYP) is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes around which learning is planned. 
These are:

  • Who we are.
  • Where we are in place and time.
  • How we express ourselves.
  • How the world works.
  • How we organize ourselves.
  • Sharing the planet


These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary as they focus on issues that go across subject areas.

They also promote an awareness of the human condition and an understanding that there is a commonality of human experience. The students explore this common ground collaboratively, from the multiple perspectives of their individual experiences and backgrounds and as they share their experiences it increases the students’ awareness of, and sensitivity to, the experiences of others beyond the local or national community. This is central to the programme and a critical element in developing an international perspective, which must begin with each student’s ability to consider and reflect upon the point of view of someone else in the same class.

By developing the attributes of the IB learner profile, students also learn how to demonstrate respect for themselves and others, developing international-mindedness by working with others for a shared purpose and taking positive action for change. 

*HUS is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme* / Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme* (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.