Primary Years Program

Implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program

As a result of the strategic planning exercise which began in 2000, the school began implementation of IB Primary Years Program in 2002. The school gained authorisation as an IB World School in 2004.In 2008 Immanuel Primary also went through a very successfull IB evaluation process where the community was involved in a self study and IB school visit.

The PYP aims to synthesize the best research and practice from a range of national systems with the wealth of knowledge and experience in international schools to create a transdisciplinary curriculum which is relevant, challenging and engaging for learners of the 4-12 age range.

The IB mission statement encapsulates what we believe at Immanuel Primary

IB Mission Statement

‘The International Baccalaureate Organisation 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 IBO works with schools, governments and international organisations 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.’

The PYP Learner Profiles

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB learners strive to be:

They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from experience.
They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.


The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world


Written Curriculum

What do we want to learn?

The written curriculum incorporates five essential elements;

Skills Attitudes
Language Form Thinking
Mathematics Function
Communication Respect Choose
Personal Social & Physical Education
Causation Social Integrity  
Science & Technology Change Research Independence  
Social Studies Connection Self-management Enthusiasm  
The Arts Perspective   Empathy

Responsibility   Curiosity
Additional Subject Reflection   Creativity  
Christian Studies     Cooperation  



What do we want students to understand? 

Eight fundamental concepts, expressed as key questions, propel the process of inquiry and help to encourage a transdisciplinary perspective. These concepts drive the research units called units of inquiry which teachers and students design and which lie at the heart of the curriculum model. The concepts are the following:

  • Form:  What is it like? 
  • Function: How does it work? 
  • Causation: Why is it like it is? 
  • Change: How is it changing? 
  • Connection: How is it connected to other things? 
  • Perspective: What are the points of view? 
  • Responsibility: What is our responsibility? 
  • Reflection: How do we know?


What do we want students to be able to do? 

The five sets of transdisciplinary skills acquired in the process of structured inquiry are:

  • thinking communication
  • social
  • research
  • self-management skills.


What do we want students to feel, value and demonstrate?
 The programme promotes and fosters a set of attitudes that include:
  • tolerance
  • respect
  • integrity
  • independence
  • enthusiasm
  • empathy
  • curiosity
  • creativity
  • cooperation
  • confidence
  • commitment
  • appreciation


How do we want students to act?

Students are encouraged to reflect, to make informed choices and to take action that will help their peers, school staff and the wider community.


The Primary Years Programme identifies a body of significant knowledge for all students in all cultures, in six principal subject areas, language, social studies, mathematics, science and technology, the arts and personal, social and physical education. An authorized PYP school is expected to provide for the teaching of an additional language other than the school’s language of instruction in order to support the international perspective of the curriculum. The additional language offered at Immanuel Primary School is Japanese. As part of Christian Education at Immanuel Primary School, Christian Studies is an additional subject area included in the school curriculum.