The IB PYP Programme

The PYP Programme 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.

The IB Primary Years Programme

The PYP 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

Students inquire into, and learn about these six trans disciplinary themes in the context of units of inquiry, each of which addresses a central idea relevant to a particular trans disciplinary theme. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks. Since these ideas relate to the world beyond the school, students see their relevance and connect with it in an engaging and challenging way.


There are six subject areas in the PYP:

  • arts
  • language
  • mathematics
  • physical, social and personal education
  • science
  • social studies

These subject areas provide students with knowledge, skills, and concepts which students can explore to understand the interconnected nature of the subject areas and the trans disciplinary themes.

IB PYP Model