Primary

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.

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. 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 2019-2020 academic year. You might also find it interesting to look at the developmental phases for: