International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP)

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) is an educational framework designed to foster holistic development and cultivate a lifelong love for learning in students. Underpinned by Australian Curriculum standards, our students actively build on their knowledge and their understanding of the world around them. By taking increasing responsibility for their learning, they develop all the attributes that will lead them to success in Secondary School and beyond.

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What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP)?

The IB PYP is an internationally recognised educational program aimed at students aged 3 to 12 years. It provides a balanced, inquiry-based approach to learning that empowers students to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners. The program focuses on developing students’ academic, personal, and social skills, nurturing their curiosity, and promoting intercultural understanding.

Why Choose IB PYP for Your Child?

There are several compelling reasons to choose IB PYP for your child’s education:

Holistic Development: IB PYP emphasises the development of the whole child, fostering their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth.

Inquiry-Based Learning: The program encourages students to ask questions, investigate, and explore concepts in-depth, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

International Mindedness: IB PYP promotes intercultural understanding and appreciation, preparing students to thrive in an increasingly globalised world.

Student-Centred Approach: The program recognises and values students’ voices, actively involving them in their learning journey and encouraging self-reflection.

Key Features of the IB PYP

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) is not only what is taught, but how it’s taught.

  • Inquiry, as the leading pedagogical approach of the PYP, is recognised as allowing students to be actively involved in their own learning and to take responsibility for that learning.
  • Guided Inquiry allows your child’s understanding of the world to develop in a manner and at a rate that is unique to them.
  • Explicit teaching, practice and consolidation to mastery is evident in all learning spaces.


IB PYP Subjects

Language – English & Mandarin: Students develop proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking, while fostering effective communication skills.

Mathematics: Students explore mathematical concepts, develop numeracy skills, and learn to apply mathematical thinking in real-world contexts, promoting logical reasoning and problem-solving abilities.

Science: Students engage in the exploration of the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the natural world, and the relationships between them. Students develop an appreciation and awareness of the world as it is viewed from a scientific perspective while nurturing their curiosity.

Social Studies – Humanities and Social Science: Students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others and their place in an increasingly global society. This provides opportunities for students to look at and think about human behaviour and activity realistically, objectively, and with sensitivity.

The Arts – Music: Students participate in music education, learning about different musical styles, instruments, and techniques, fostering an appreciation for music and promoting creativity. 

The Arts – Visual Arts: Students explore various art forms, techniques, and mediums, nurturing their creativity, self-expression, and aesthetic sensibilities.

Personal, Social and Physical Education: Students participate in physical activities and sports, developing motor skills, promoting fitness, teamwork, coordination, and fostering a healthy and active lifestyle. Students also engage in our Positive Education curriculum to enhance their overall sense of well-being.

Our curriculum provides a well-rounded education that encourages students to explore various disciplines and develop a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding. 


How is the IB PYP Graded or Assessed?

The IB PYP utilises a comprehensive assessment framework that focuses on evaluating students’ understanding, skills, and attitudes. Assessment in IB PYP is criterion-referenced, meaning students’ achievements are measured against predetermined criteria rather than being compared to their peers.

Assessment methods in IB PYP include oral assessment tasks, teacher observations, student portfolios, projects, tests, student lead presentations, and collaborative work. The program encourages students to self-assess and reflect on their learning progress.

Why Study the IB PYP at the Australian International School?

The Australian International School (AIS) provides an excellent environment for students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding within the IB PYP framework and Australian Curriculum (ACARA). 

Here are a few reasons why AIS is a top choice:

  • Experienced Faculty: AIS boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced educators who are dedicated to delivering a quality IB PYP education.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: AIS offers modern facilities and resources that support student learning and engagement across various disciplines.
  • Global Perspective: AIS embraces a multicultural environment, fostering intercultural understanding and global citizenship amongst our international community.
  • Co-Curricular Activities: The school provides a wide range of co-curricular activities, including sports, arts, and community service, enhancing students’ overall development.

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