What is the IB Primary Years Programme?

The PYP at KIG is designed for students aged 6 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as  an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry. The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme.

The IB Primary Years Programme:

  • 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 comfortably within it
  • helps students establish personal values as a foun-dation upon which international-mindedness
  • will develop and flourish.

The six subject areas identified within the IB Primary Years Programme: 

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

The 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.


The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme are the six transdisciplinary themes 

These themes provide IB World Schools with the  opportunity to incorporate local and global issues  into the curriculum and effectively allow students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within  subject areas. 

1. Who we are inquire into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights  and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.