IB Primary Years Programme (PYP): year 1-6

Discover Primary Years at ICS London 

This stage focuses on developing young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong learning journey.

Through its inquiry-led approach, diverse list of concepts and transdisciplinary themes, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and to take responsibility for their learning. They explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts and all students have the opportunity to learn more than one language from the age of four.
One of the best ways to get to know us and learn more about our PYP is to visit. Simply fill in the form and our Admissions team will be in touch to arrange an appointment. 

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A PYP Student Perspective


“Pupils are effective independent and collaborative learners and generally approach their work with enthusiasm and interest. The majority of pupils are fully focused on their learning and want to make progress. Pupils are reflective and evaluative, and they excel in group work.”

-ISI Inspection Report February 2023

Transdisciplinary Themes and Subjects

Subject areas studied in the PYP include languages, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts and personal, social and physical education. These subjects are incorporated into six transdisciplinary themes, designed to broaden and deepen students' understanding:
  • Who we are
  • How we express ourselves
  • Where we are in place and time
  • Sharing the planet
  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves

Please see details below.

ICS London Units of Inquiry

Download the IB PYP Overview here.

In the final year of the PYP, students demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning in The Exhibition, an important culmination of the programme.

Designed as a holistic programme for all age groups, students continue their learning into the MYP programme which culminates in the globally recognised IB Diploma.

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