Our Curriculum Framework


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) presents schools with a comprehensive plan for high quality, international education.

It provides schools with a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future. Schools work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum for international education. The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.

The PYP is organized according to:

• The written curriculum, which explains what PYP students will learn.

• The taught curriculum, which sets out how educators teach the PYP.

• The assessed curriculum, which details the principles and practice of effective assessment in the PYP.

• Making the PYP Happen: A curriculum framework for international education 2009.