Primary Years Programme (Nursery - Grade 5)


What Is Special about the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at ISP?

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.

The International School of Paris was officially authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme by the International Baccalaureate (IB) in June 2004 and has since been committed to implementing and further developing the IB programmes at the school. 


How is ISP Committed to Developing the PYP?

ISP has...

  • Created learning environments that are stimulating and provocative.
  • Challenged thinking and examined teacher practice.
  • Engaged in disciplined dialogue around student learning.
  • Offered ongoing professional development to ensure teachers are lifelong learners and engaging in the most recent effective practice.
  • Supported students and their families.


What Are the Advantages of a PYP Education at ISP?

ISP students...

  • Possess a strong set of problem-solving strategies.
  • Think critically.
  • Have a sense of agency and self-efficacy.
  • Have knowledge and skills they can apply to new situations or tasks.
  • Continue to ask questions throughout their lives.
  • Are internationally minded.
  • Take action as a result of the learning process.


Where to Learn More about the PYP?

Explore the links and videos below to learn more about the PYP as an educational philosophy and its implementation at ISP. 


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