What is the PYP?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12.
It prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers, focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
Find out how to become an IB World School, in order to implement the programme, and read about the benefits and objectives of the PYP curriculum below.
What the PYP offers students
By choosing to implement the PYP, schools will develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their 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’.
Why offer the PYP?
The PYP delivers excellent results for students aged 3 to 12. For example:
- PYP students outperformed non-IB students in mathematics, reading and writing in a global International Schools’ Assessment study that ran from 2009-2011
- A 2014 national study in Australia found that students in the PYP perform better than the national average in nationwide science tests
Taking on the PYP is a road of discovery for schools. The PYP invigorates learning and teaching, and transforms school community and culture. Watch this video to see two schools on their journey.
You can read more key facts about the PYP on our website.
Linking the PYP with other IB programmes
The PYP is the first of four IB programmes of education. It gives students an excellent foundation for the IB’s other programmes.