Primary Years Programme

What is PYP?

The PYP is designed for students in grades TK-5 and focuses on the development of the whole child. The PYP is a framework that emphasizes inquiry through the study of six subject areas as well as six trans-disciplinary themes that are of global significance. The PYP encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning. It helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which they will develop and grow.


IB PYP Model (English)


The Exhibition

In the final year of the PYP, students take part in the PYP exhibition. The exhibition is an authentic process for students to explore, document, and share their understanding of an issue or opportunity of personal significance. The whole learning community shares and celebrates this culminating event and the journey that students have experienced through their PYP years.

Subject Groups


Social Studies




Personal, Social, and Physical Education

Trans-Disciplinary Themes

The trans-disciplinary themes allow students to step beyond the traditional classroom and into the real world.

Students learn:

Who we are

Inquiry into relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures

Where we are in place and time

Inquiry into relationship between individuals and civilizations, from both local and global perspectives

How we express ourselves

Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, and beliefs and values

How the world works

Inquiry into how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society

How we organize ourselves

Inquiry into societal decision-making; economic activities, and their impact on humankind and the environment

Sharing the planet

Inquiry into the environment and communities


Programmes of Inquiry (PoI)

The trans-disciplinary themes help teachers develop programmes of inquiry - investigations into important issues that relate to the world beyond school. Students who learn in this way begin to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as learners, and become actively involved in their education. The PYP encourages students to appreciate knowledge, conceptual understanding, and skills and personal attributes as a connected whole.

GHC PYP Language Policy
First page of the PDF file: ghc-pyp-language-policy
GHC PYP Assessment Policy
First page of the PDF file: ghc-pyp-assessment-policy

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related  Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit: