Primary Years Programme

The PYP is an inquiry based international curriculum that is engaging, relevant and challenging for the students.

The five essential elements of the PYP are:

Knowledge, which is both disciplinary, represented by traditional subject areas (language, maths, science, social studies, arts, PSPE) and transdisciplinary
Concepts, which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas
Skills, which are the broad capabilities students develop and apply during learning and in life beyond the classroom
Attitudes, which contribute to international-mindedness and the wellbeing of individuals and learning communities, and connect directly to the IB learner profile
Action, which is an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.

The aim of the IB Learner Profile is to develop children who are:

- Inquirers
- Knowledgeable
- Thinkers
- Communicators
- Principled
- Open-minded
- Caring
- Risk-takers
- Balanced
- Reflective

The PYP also believes that educating children in isolated subject areas is not enough for attaining a truly international education and have formed Six Transdisciplinary Themes under which the children learn through Units of Inquiry.

PYP Transdisciplinary Themes:

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 interconnectedness 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 interconnectedness 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 the 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.

The IB Mission Statement

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 organization 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.


We believe that our Willowbrook philosophy as well as our own mission statement closely reflects the beliefs of the IB mission statement as both promote helping children become active learners who have an understanding of different cultures and who can contribute in creating a better world. This is illustrated by the following passage taken from the Willowbrook mission statement:

At Willowbrook, our mission is to plant the seeds of wisdom and nurture them in each child so that each one can become a well-rounded individual who shines in his/her chosen pursuits. One who can lead others to work together in harmony for the good of society. One who can become a dedicated, responsible global citizen with respect for the diversity of backgrounds and cultures in a global community.

Willowbrook International School is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Willowbrook International School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http:/www.ibo.org