The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

The PYP prepares children to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It helps students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to excel not only in their studies, but also in their personal growth.

What does IB-PYP offer students?

The PYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools.

It offers an extensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. The curriculum framework is an expression and extension of three inter-related questions:

  • What do we want to learn?
  • How best will we learn?
  • How will we know what we have learned?

The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, putting an emphasis on connecting with the Dutch society. This means both Dutch language lessons and activities to promote integration, as well as an internationally orientated education in English. Schools that focus on education in English almost always follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, which means students receive an internationally recognised education and can easily transfer to international schools around the globe.

Teaching method

In light of the local and global issues taught in the subjects, the PYP asks students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The six themes are:

  • Who we are.
  • Where we are in place and time.
  • How we express ourselves.
  • How the world works.
  • How we organize ourselves.
  • Sharing The Planet.

The PYP framework

The PYP framework is built on the idea that children learn best when their learning is relevant, significant, engaging and challenging. Traditional subjects hold a role across the curriculum (languages, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, but also physical, social and personal education) and overall expectations for all subjects are standardised for each year level.

More information

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