Primary Years Programme

Tycho's Eye PhotographyThe International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) develops internationally-minded students. At ISUtrecht we encourage students to become life-long learners and equip them with the academic and life skills to enable them to actively choose to be world citizens.

Learner Profile

The PYP places the student at the center of everything we do. Building on their own background knowledge and experiences we endeavour to develop internationally-minded students, by, among other approaches, modeling and raising awareness of the learner profile attributes: inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taker and balanced  These attributes are a set of ideals, which aim to promote intercultural understanding.

Please watch this film in which Thushitha and Saharsh show you life in Grade 3 Blue.

Inquiry based learning

The PYP uses constructivist-, conceptual- and inquiry-based learning to enable students to become life-long learners and equip them with the academic and life skills to enable them to activity choose to be world citizens. We encourage students to investigate their own questions, which come up while exploring traditional academic subjects. Through this exploration they construct new knowledge through discussion and research and transfer these ideas to a conceptual level of understanding by approaching the subject areas in multi- or interdisciplinary lessons under transdisciplinary themes. This way we emphasise the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills.

Primary teacher articles and Instagram accounts

If you want to know what inquiry-based learning looks like in our school, please read an article by Kindergarten teacher Brandi Brittain about the inquiry cycle and taking action.  You can also take a look at an article from grade 3 teacher Brian Lynam in which he explains how the IB curriculum is continuously linked to the world outside school, or you can let our grade 5 students tell you about their team building days at the start of this school year. Of course, you can also follow our primary teachers on Instagram: @msmaria_isutrecht; @msdudgeon_isutrecht; mrkris_isutrecht; missbrandi_isutrecht, or our whole school account: @international_school_utrecht.

More information about the IB

Teachers from IB schools in various parts of the world explain the PYP in this great film. For more information, please also view the International Baccalaureate parent page.

Programme of Inquiry and Phases

Please view the ISUtrecht Programme of Inquiry for the 2021-2022 academic year. You might also find it interesting to look at the developmental phases for: