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IB Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate

Primary Years Programme

At Notre Dame Academy, the Primary Years Programme (PYP):

  • is for students from K to Grade 5
  • promotes in-depth guided inquiry in teaching and learning by building on stu­dents’ own knowledge and interests
  • explores the construction of knowledge through personal experience
  • is transdisciplinary, in that it fosters the development of the whole child, addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs
  • gives children a strong foundation in all of the major areas of knowledge: mathematics, social studies, drama, language, music, visual arts, science, personal and social education, and physical education
  • strives to help children develop an international perspective - to become aware of the points of view of people in other parts of the world
  • allows students to study a second language (Spanish) and gain an understanding of the cultures in which the language is spoken
  • develops attitudes that are socially responsible and that are positive learning experiences


primary years programme (PYP) students