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IB Primary Years Program

At St John’s Anglican School, we follow the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Prep to Year 6. The PYP is a curricular framework based on the most current best-practice educational research from around the world.

The PYP prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers while focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world at large. The programme aims to develop students’ academic, social and emotional well-being, through a focus on international-mindedness and strong personal values.

The St John’s curriculum is built on the PYP framework of five essential elements – knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action. These elements help equip students with the skills needed to be successful, both now and in the future. We work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum that meets the needs of an international community, while at the same time developing unique and effective programmes that meet the needs of the broader school community.


The PYP consists of:

  • The written curriculum, which explains what PYP students will learn;
  • The taught curriculum, which sets out how educators teach the PYP; and
  • The assessed curriculum.

The PYP is transdisciplinary in nature, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas, and incorporates, where possible, local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them.

In the PYP, students engage in six large, transdisciplinary themes organised as Units of Inquiry (UOIs). These UOIs are outlined in our school-wide Programme of Inquiry (POI) and are carefully designed to build from one year to the next as students progress through the school.

With the UOI at its core, language, mathematics, social studies, and science standards are addressed in authentic and meaningful contexts. The programme is further complemented through an additional language (Mandarin Chinese), Physical Education, and Arts (Speech and Drama, Music and Dance) all taught by specialist teachers in their respective field.

As an IB World School, we are active participants in an international community of teachers, students and educational researchers, and we are fully committed to recruiting and retaining proven professionals. Perhaps most importantly, when your child enters Primary School, they are greeted by a happy, nurturing, creative, educated, effective and highly dedicated teacher.

Visit the IB website for more about the PYP or the IBO.

Contact St John’s PYP Coordinator

Assistant Head of Junior School and PYP Coordinator | Prueann Browning
[email protected]