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The IB Primary Years Programme

The Primary Years Programme: preparing students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

What is the Primary Years Programme?

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

PYP programme model

The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme.

The IB Primary Years Programme

  • addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
  • encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
  • helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

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.

Find out more about the PYP’s written, taught, and assessed curriculum.


Become an IB World School

To take the first steps in becoming an IB World School authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme, please read the information on the Become an IB World School page.

SharingPYP blog

The blog at SharingPYP provides educators in IB World Schools with the latest programme news, review updates and a platform for sharing examples of best practice.—LinkedIn for IB PYP Educators (a sub-group of the IB)

Global research findings

Key findings from research on impact of the IB Primary Years Programme

Rules and regulations

The Rules for IB World Schools document is a legal document that sets out the relationship between the IB Organization and IB World Schools.

The General regulations document is a legal document that sets out the relationship between the IB Organization and IB students and their legal guardians.

School's Guide to the Primary Years Programme (to be found on the General regulations page)