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IB Primary Years Programme

IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, government, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the

development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world

outside. It is a curriculum framework defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global

significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with

a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

The programme:

• encourages international-mindedness in IB students

• encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries

and developing their awareness of the process of learning so that they become

lifelong learners

• reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with

meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real issues

• emphasizes, through the learner profile, the development of the whole

student—physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the

six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are about issues that have meaning for,

and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning

about and through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of

global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to step

up beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

• 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

Internal assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances

learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know,

understand and can do. The teacher’s feedback to the students provides the guidance,

the tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skilled and

better at understanding how to learn.

PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.