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Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The Primary Years Program (PYP) offers a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning. It provides an inquiry-based curriculum model that incorporates guidelines on what students should learn, how students should act as learners and as community members, on teaching methodologies and on assessment strategies.

The individual at the centre

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) puts the individual student and inquiry at the centre of its educational philosophy and at ISLK we aim to reflect this by incorporating it in all areas of our curriculum. It is our aim that all learning and teaching in our school is inquiry based learning; not just within the Units of Inquiry, but also in Mathematics, Language and the Single Subjects (Swedish, PE and Music).

Concept-driven curriculum

In the PYP there is also a commitment to a concept-driven curriculum as a means of supporting that inquiry. The exploration and re-exploration of concepts lead students towards an appreciation of ideas that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Students gradually work towards a deepening of their conceptual understanding as they approach those concepts from a range of perspectives. The PYP also believes that a concept-driven curriculum helps the learner to construct meaning through improved critical thinking and the transfer of knowledge.

The PYP curriculum framework emphasizes the central principle of agency that is threaded throughout the three pillars of the curriculum:

  • the learner
  • learning and teaching
  • the learning community.

To learn more about each of these areas please visit the International Baccalaureate Organization website.

Illustration of the PYP model drawn as a wheel with three parts.

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