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What is the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The PYP is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.


  • 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 well within it
  • helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish


What will my child be learning?

The PYP is a transdisciplinary curriculum, committed to structured inquiry as a vehicle for learning.

  • six organising themes in K3 to Year 6 (four organizing themes in K1 and K2) help teachers and students explore knowledge in a transdisciplinary and connected way.
  • teachers and students use key concepts to drive the units of inquiry
  • students acquire and apply transdisciplinary skills while developing an understanding of these important concepts


UISG has been authorised to implement the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) since 2009. We are truly committed to authentic, inquiry-driven learning and our Primary Years curriculum ensures a rigorous and challenging framework for international education. UISG promotes a student-centred curriculum that encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging our students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

The six subject areas identified within the IB PYP

  • language
  • mathematics
  • science
  • social studies
  • arts
  • personal, social and physical education

Transdisciplinary Themes

      Who we are
      Inquiry into:

  • the nature of self
  • beliefs and values
  • personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health
  • human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures
  • rights and responsibilities
  • what it means to be human

      How we express ourselves
      Inquiry into:

  • the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values
  • the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity
  • our appreciation of the aesthetic

      Where we are in place and time
      Inquiry into:

  • orientation in place and time
  • personal histories
  • homes and journeys
  • the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind
  • the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives

      How the world works
      Inquiry into:

  • the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies
  • how humans use their understanding of scientific principles
  • the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment

      How we organize ourselves
      Inquiry into:

  • the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities
  • the structure and function of organizations
  • societal decision-making
  • economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

      Sharing the planet
      Inquiry into:

  • rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things
  • communities and the relationship within and between them
  • access to equal opportunities
  • peace and conflict resolution

PYP Exhibition

The Exhibition is an important part of the PYP for all students. In the final year of the programme, students undertake a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. As the culminating experience of the PYP, the Exhibition offers students an exciting opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning. It also celebrates the transition of learners to the next phase of their education.

Learning through Mother Tongue Language at UISG

Language is fundamental to learning and permeates the PYP. Our unique Mother Tongue programme immerses our students in language-rich learning engagements, allowing them to learn through their own mother tongue language, gaining a deeper conceptual understanding. Year level teachers collaborate with Mother Tongue teachers to build language-rich learning engagements throughout each unit of inquiry.
Presently, we offer Mother Tongue language learning in:

  • Chinese
  • German
  • Korean
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Russian

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

EAL learners are regarded as full members of the school community who have specific learning needs, rather than as a separate group who require an independent programme. At UISG, we have full-time EAL specialists purposefully integrated into classrooms, from Year 1 to Year 6, supporting the collaborative nature of teaching and learning that is the focal point of an inquiry-driven curriculum.

How will I know how my child is doing?

The PYP promotes the use of a range of assessment strategies which are designed to give you a clear picture of your child’s progress. This progress will be reported to you regularly, both orally and in writing.

How can I support my child’s learning?

UISG regards learning as a partnership between student, parent and school.
You can help your child by:

  • maintaining regular contact with the school
  • sharing books with your child
  • supporting your child’s mother tongue
  • assisting your child with research projects
  • asking and discussing with your child about their current Unit of Inquiry
  • attending curriculum information sessions at school and parent-student-teacher conferences

You can download the PYP brochure from HERE.