The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer both in the classroom and the world outside.

IB Primary Years Programme (Reception - Year 5)

A strong sense of community is nurtured in the Junior School with an emphasis on the pastoral care of each student and the active involvement of parents at all levels.

The essence of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a commitment to curriculum integration with structured inquiry, a vehicle for encouraging students to become active and critical learners. Topics of both global and local significance are addressed with positive action also forming an important component of this international programme.

The framework focuses on the holistic growth of the child based on the inquiry approach to teaching and learning. In the PYP, the aim is to assist globally-minded citizens who are:

  • Reflective
  • Balanced
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Principled
  • Knowledgeable
  • Risk-takers
  • Communicators
  • Thinkers
  • Inquirers

The PYP framework incorporates a balance between five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. Subjects/topics within this transdisciplinary programme of inquiry are identified in terms of six themes:

  • 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

At the end of their final year (Year 5), students participate in The Year 5 Exhibition, which culminates the programme through the search for a solution to a problem of global significance.

Please click here to view the IB Primary Years Programme Outline.

10 reasons why the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is ideal for students to become active, lifelong learners.

For further information regarding the IB Primary Years Programme, please contact:

Shane Murphy
Primary Years Programme Coordinator
P: 8372 3200
E: spmurphy@mercedes.catholic.edu.au