Primary Years Programme (Nursery - Grade 5)


What is the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at ISP?

At the International School of Paris, our students aged 3 to 10 learn through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. 

We believe our students...

  • learn through inquiry within a concept driven curriculum;
  • build on prior knowledge when learning new things;
  • have opportunities to learn individually and collaboratively;
  • are competent individuals with a voice and opinions;
  • get support in their journey to become autonomous learners.

Our students can...

  • collaborate to make positive contributions to their class, school and wider community;
  • use language to communicate effectively;
  • think critically and apply knowledge and skills in a variety of situations;
  • display high levels of organisation, resilience and perseverance;
  • value research and lifelong learning.

Our teachers and staff...

  • create stimulating learning environments that provoke critical thinking;
  • engage in disciplined dialogue around student learning;
  • are lifelong learners;
  • are committed to ongoing professional development and engage in effective, up-to-date practices;
  • support students and their families academically, socially and emotionally through dialogue and community workshops. 

The International School of Paris earned authorisation to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) in 2004. Ever since, we have implemented and further developed the PYP at ISP, and beyond. Our staff includes several certified workshop leaders and international school accreditors who help other international school teachers improve their practices. 



How Can We Learn More about the PYP?

Explore the links and videos below to learn more about the PYP as an educational philosophy and how we implement it at ISP. 

Listen to this podcast about inquiry in the PYP at ISP 
Watch our Grade 5 students talk about leadership
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Watch this short video about inquiry-based learning
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Read this blog post about inquiry in the classroom
Escape Game 2021

According to McKinsey, agility is “…the ability of an organisation to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment.”  Interestingly, McKinsey also states that “agility requires stability…” ISP met the requirement to adapt teaching and learning during the pandemic by relying on its staff action research fellowship program, present and robust since the 2014-2015 academic year.

A professional development staple at ISP, the staff action research fellowship program allots resources to all staff, both teaching and administrative, who wish to explore and innovate within a domain of their choice. Working collectively or individually, ISP staff have, since 2014, researched and implemented:

  • a student work experience week;
  • various mindfulness and wellbeing techniques;
  • best practices for holding meetings; 
  • a human library; 
  • mathematical mindsets; 
  • intergenerational learning; 
  • student novels;
  • and the list continues!
  • conference
  • research
  • student-led
Learn about the IB Learner Profile