Primary Years (ages 6-11)
Students in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) classroom take ownership of their learning by wondering, exploring, learning, sharing, reflecting, and taking actions in and beyond the classroom. The aim of the PYP programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Amity International School Amsterdam is an authorised International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Programme (PYP) school since November 2020. Our students have the opportunity to explore their passions, engage with real world problems and are challenged in their thinking.
What is the IB PYP?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12 and is designed as an engaging, student-centred curriculum that teaches children to become independent, lifelong learners and critical thinkers.
PYP is a concept-based curriculum. Unlike other curricula that focus mainly on factual knowledge, the PYP focuses on ideas that are broad, abstract, timeless and universal. These concepts help to weave essential understandings across, between and beyond subjects areas and to transfer learning to new contexts.
The IB PYP framework offers several advantages over other frameworks, especially in critical subject areas.
The IB Primary Years Programme supports the whole child, nurturing students' academic, social and emotional development. IBO.org
How will my child learn?
Inquiry-based learning is the leading pedagogical approach of the Primary Years Programme (PYP); it recognises students as being actively involved in their own learning and as taking responsibility for that learning. Through inquiry, students not only acquire a wealth of knowledge, but also learn how to learn. Amity Amsterdam puts a strong emphasis on connecting learning with real-life experience through field trips, guest speakers, and supporting each other as well as the community around us.
Inquiry-based teaching and learning helps students take action by using what they have learned.
Essential Elements of the PYP
The five essential elements of the PYP play a key role in the development of students’ learning. By emphasising these 5 components, the PYP provides a rigorous programme for young learners, equipping them to excel in the classroom and beyond. This framework ensures that learning is engaging and relevant to the challenges of living in a diverse, 21st-century society.