The International Baccalaureate

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an educational programme managed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for students aged 3 to 12.  The subject areas of the PYP are language, social studies, mathematics, science and technology, arts, and personal, social and physical education.  Assessment is carried out by teachers according to strategies provided by the IB, and with respect to guidelines to what the students should learn specified in the curriculum model.

Mission statement

The mission statement of the International Baccalaureate is as follows:

"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the IB works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."

Educational philosophy

The philosophy of the PYP is to make the students into "inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective."

Inquirers: Students develop their natural curiosity.

Knowledgeable: Students explore concepts, ideas and issues that have both a local and global significance.

Thinkers: Students think critically to engage themselves in figuring out complex problems.

Communicators: Students express themselves and information through a variety of modes of communication.

Principled: Students act honestly and with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities.

Open-minded: Students appreciate their own cultures and personal histories and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.

Caring: Students show respect and compassion towards the needs of others.

Risk-takers: Students approach unfamiliar situations with courage, as well as defend their beliefs.

Balanced: Students understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being.

Reflective: Students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience.

Transdisciplinary themes

In the IBPYP the written curriculum is arranged within six "transdisciplinary themes". While the themes are universal and applicable to all cultures, the expectation is that there are certain core values, skills and knowledge for international schools, students and educators. For example, the international school curriculum should have “global significance—for all students in all cultures."

Who we are: An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time: An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnections of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves: An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How the world works: An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organize ourselves: An inquiry into the interconnections of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the planet: An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

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Link to IB-PYP Website:

  • The IB PYP Programme
  • Frequently asked about the Primary Years Programme

  • English Version
  • Thai Version
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    IB PYP Candidate School

    Satit Bilingual School of Rangsit University  is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School.

    IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

    *Only schools authorised by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.

    For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

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