Primary Years Programme


Discovery College is committed to the Primary Years Programme - an internationally devised programme administered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). The Primary Years Programme represents a combination of wide-ranging research and experience and excellent practice derived from a variety of national systems, independent schools and from IB World Schools offering a coherent programme in international education. 


Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. The PYP prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. 


At the heart of the programme’s philosophy is a commitment to purposeful inquiry as the leading vehicle for learning. 

Figure 1: The IB PYP Curriculum Model

Six themes of global significance provide the framework for exploration and study:

  • who we are

  • where we are in place and time

  • how we express ourselves

  • how the world works

  • how we organise ourselves

  • sharing the planet


The programme can be illustrated by a circle with the six themes surrounding six subject areas:

  • language

  • social studies

  • mathematics

  • arts

  • science

  • personal, social and physical education


Five Essential Elements

The five essential elements — concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action — are incorporated into this framework so that students are given the opportunity to: 

  • Gain knowledge that is relevant and of global significance 

  • Develop an understanding of concepts, which allows them to make connections throughout their learning 

  • Acquire skills 

  • Develop attitudes that will lead to international mindedness 

  • Take action as a consequence of their learning 


The curriculum is expressed in three interrelated ways: 

  • the written curriculum — what do we want to learn? 

  • the taught curriculum — how best will we learn? 

  • the assessed curriculum — how will we know what we have learned? 



Each day will begin with a 10 minute welcome session with the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher is responsible for Language, Unit of Inquiry and Mathematics. 


In addition to the classroom based programme, students have lessons in Physical Education, Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Chinese. 

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