What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme?



           The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the development of the whole child. With an international focus, it addresses the academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of the student profile, specific attitudes, a concept driven curriculum and the understanding that socially responsible actions are an integral part of the learning process.


         Guided by a series of questions, students and teachers develop units for exploration and study creating a dynamic and energizing learning environment. PYP combines the best research and practices from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools around the world. The curriculum framework incorporates concepts, skills, attitudes, actions and knowledge. These elements are part of three inter-related questions: What do we want to learn? How best will we learn? How will we know that we have learned?


        Academic subjects are studied in transdiciplinary themes and explored in ways that transcend conventional methods. Teachers and students design units for exploration and study, guided by a series of basic questions. These questions provoke ideas of local and global significance and accentuate concerns that we all share regardless of our backgrounds or where we reside.


For more information about the International Baccalaureate Programme: Visit  www.ibo.org

Essential Elements in the PYP


The five essential elements of the PYP are:

  • knowledge, which is both disciplinary, represented by traditional subject areas (language, maths, science, social studies, arts, PSPE) and transdisciplinary

  • concepts, which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas

  • skills, which are the broad capabilities students develop and apply during learning and in life beyond the classroom

  • attitudes, which contribute to international-mindedness and the wellbeing of individuals and learning communities,  and connect directly to the IB learner profile

  • action, which is an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.





Each month, Earlington Heights focuses on one of the ten IB Learner Profile Attributes, which include Caring, Communicator, Risk-taker, Inquirer, Principled, Reflective, Open-minded, Balanced, Knowledgeable, and Thinker. 


Our teachers select a student from their homeroom class who has demonstrated the IB Learner Profile Attribute for that month and who has postively contributed to the classroom learning environment.  


Each month we recognize these selected students at breakfast ceremony!