What is the PYP?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12.

The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond.

Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the programme places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

Find out how to become an IB World School, in order to implement the programme, and read about the benefits of the PYP curriculum below.

What the PYP offers students

By choosing to implement the PYP, schools will develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.

The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works’.

Read about the content of the PYP in more detail.

Why offer the PYP?

The PYP delivers excellent results for students aged 3 to 12. For example:

Taking on the PYP is a path of discovery for schools. The PYP invigorates learning and teaching, and transforms school community and culture. Watch this video to see two schools on their journey, and read more key facts about the PYP. .

Becoming an IB World School

If you’re interested in becoming an IB World School, you can find out more about how the IB can benefit your school, and about how the application process works.



Linking the PYP with other IB programmes

The PYP is the first of four IB programmes of education. It gives students an excellent foundation for the IB’s other programmes.

Find out how to access the Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, and our Diploma Programme, for students aged 16 to 19.