IB World


GIS is an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) 


GIS is an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students.

Our mission is to empower each student to become knowledgeable, independent, critical thinkers who are compassionate with positive moral values and well-prepared to embrace the global challenges of tomorrow.

The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.

IB Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes around which learning is planned.

These are:

  • Who we are.

  • Where we are in place and time.

  • How we express ourselves.

  • How the world works.

  • How we organize ourselves.

  • Sharing the planet.

These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas. The transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry. Teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a substantial and high level of involvement on the part of students. We will cover four units out of the ones mentioned above.

The PYP is organized according to:

It provides schools with a curriculum framework of essential elements that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future. Schools work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum for international education.


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.

IB Primary Years Programme