Primary Years Programme (Nursery - Grade 5)

The International School of Paris (ISP) is committed to implement and further develop the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes. In the Primary School, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is followed from Nursery to Grade 5. ISP was officially authorized to offer the PYP by the IB in June 2004 and since then has successfully participated in IB evaluation visits in June 2007 and May 2012. The results of this most recent visit acknowledge the work we are doing as a successful IB PYP school.

We believe our students

  • Learn through inquiry and a concept driven curriculum.
  • Build on prior knowledge.
  • Require opportunities to work individually, with a partner and collaboratively.
  • Should be viewed as competent and be listened to.
  • Are curious, inquisitive, explorers and that they interact with the environment physically, socially and intellectually.
  • Require support in their journey to become independent, autonomous learners.
  • Learn through differentiated experiences which accommodate for the range of abilities and learning styles.

ISP is committed to

  • Creating learning environments that are stimulating and provocative.
  • Challenging our thinking and examining our practice.
  • Engaging in disciplined dialogue around student learning.
  • Effective ongoing professional development to ensure our teachers are lifelong learners and engaging in the most recent effective practice.
  • Supporting students and their families.

The PYP is both a curriculum framework and a philosophy that facilitates guided, structured inquiry.

The Primary School encourages students to

  • Develop a strong set of problem-solving strategies.
  • Think critically.
  • Develop a sense of agency and self-efficacy.
  • Develop knowledge and skills to apply to new situations or tasks.
  • Continue to question throughout their lives.
  • Develop international mindedness.
  • Take action as a result of the learning process.

PYP News

Aquarium adventures with Nursery

On Tuesday, December 13, ISP's Nursery students went on a field trip to the neaby Aquarium de Paris. What did they see and how did it tie into their learning? Their class teacher, Miss Selene, wrote about the experience.

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A day in the life of a Grade 2 student

What goes on during the day of a Grade 2 student at ISP? A lot, as it turns out! We followed our two Grade 2 classes to find out what they're learning about and what happens when you mix twenty seven-year-olds and several bags of rice...

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