IB Primary Years Programme

The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the outside world. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas as well as transdisciplinary skills.

 The PYP

  • 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

In the PYP a balance is sought between acquiring knowledge and skills, understanding concepts, demonstrating positive attitudes and taking responsible action.

Knowledge in the PYP is organized into six Transdisciplinary Themes:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

These Transdisciplinary Themes have been carefully chosen for their significance to all learners in all cultures. They offer many opportunities for development of skills, knowledge and understanding within and across six subject areas: Arts, Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Personal, Social and Physical education. Schools that implement the PYP framework


PYP exhibition represents a significant event in the life of students in the final year of the realization of the PYP. Through the process of creating their own work, students synthesize all the basic elements of the PYP and share them with the entire school community. The exhibition is being realized throughout one transdisciplinary theme, but it comprises aspects of all six transdisciplinary themes. Students are engaged in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process in which they recognize, explore and offer solutions to some of the problematic situations of everyday life that are of global significance.

The purpose of the exhibition is to involve students in the process of collaborative planning and inquiry, during which they have the opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning. Students explore the phenomena from different sources of information and perspectives and plan to take action that will contribute to resolving a problem of global significance. This process unites students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community into a mutual collaborative experience that incorporates the basic elements of the PYP. In this way, students celebrate their transition from PYP to MYP.


The PYP library represents the place where all the participants of this programme are connected and where all activities that are very important for support in the realization of activities take place. The library supports the processes of planning, learning, inquiry and reading in an environment that is intellectually and culturally diverse and open to new ideas and new experiences.