Teaching & Learning

Primary Years Programme (Age 2-6)

What is the IB?

The IB (International Baccalaureate®) organisation is a recognised leader in the field of international education. The IB offers three programmes – the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP), and with them, the goal to achieve a continuous international educational experience from early childhood to pre-university age (3 to 19 years of age). To learn more about the IB, visit www.ibo.org.

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds, and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural dimensions in addition to academic development. Whilst identifying the ‘big ideas’ worthy of being understood by children through the trandisciplinary themes, the programme aims to give children deep and enduring understanding of concepts and the skills and attitudes that will help them to thrive in the fast paced changing world in which we live. Teachers and children embark upon inquiries together, asking questions, building knowledge and making connections. These inquiries are chosen to be stimulating, engaging and relevant to young children and to give them challenge at the right level. The six subject areas covered in the curriculum are:
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Personal, Social and Physical Education.
IB Learner Profile

The learner profile provides a long-term aim of IB education. It is a set of ideals that inspires, motivates and focuses the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose, which is to nurture learners to become:
  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective
Starting with the PYP curriculum, introduced in the Pre-Nursery from the age of 2 years, classes may be bilingual or English. An English and Putonghua teacher working together in a co-teaching partnership lead the bilingual classes. The English classes are taught by two English teachers and are supplemented with some Putonghua by the Putonghua specialist.