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Primary Years Programme

The curriculum is based on, and authorized by, the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme. The Primary Year Programme (PYP) is an international curriculum framed for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years. It is a transdisciplinary programme focusing on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.

The PYP combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging educational programme.

The PYP offers an inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching. It provides an internationally designed model and incorporates guidelines on student learning styles, teaching methodologies and assessment practices. The curriculum framework comprises of three interrelated parts:

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


The transdisciplinary themes form the context in which the curriculum operates 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 incorporates 5 essential elements: concepts, skills, attitudes, action and knowledge. Students explore six subject areas: language; social studies; mathematics; science; the arts - music, visual arts, dance and drama; and personal, social and physical education. The teaching of additional languages other than English is encouraged in order to support the international perspective of the curriculum.

Learn more about the
PYP Program @ VIS

See the VIS Primary
Student Handbook


Visit the IBO website