Primary Years (ages 6-11)

At Amity International School Amsterdam students in Primary Years (6 - 11 years old) learn and inquire about the world around them through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP)*.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is a progressive, child-centred education framework that prepares our students for a lifelong learning adventure. The IB PYP is built around the essential elements of knowledge, skills, concepts, attitudes and action. The programme supports children to become inquirers, both in the classroom and in the world around them.

Our students study six globally significant transdisciplinary themes. Students then explore these themes using explicitly targeted concepts, knowledge and skills from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry. Teaching and learning focuses on what students understand, know and can do.

“The PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.”


Inquiry-based learning

Inquiry-based teaching and learning is at the core of the PYP. Inquiry-based learning occurs when students learn through experience. Our PYP Teachers then assist children to develop that initial inquiry to build deep understanding, knowledge and take action. Inquiries become investigations into important ideas, which require student initiative and commitment.

In the Primary Years Programme, learning is planned around six themes. These themes have global significance for all students in all cultures and provides the opportunity to explore the commonalities of the human experience:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

The themes enable IB schools to develop Units of Inquiry to explore their local curriculum whilst focusing on concepts that span across subject areas. We explore these themes each year in a continuum of education. By doing so, teachers meaningfully bring the essential elements of the PYP together as a whole, creating a coherent approach to teaching and learning.

*Amity International School Amsterdam is a candidate school for the PYP pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education. Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.