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The Primary Years Programme (3-12 Yrs.)


The Primary Years Programme at KIS


Walking into the Primary Years Programme (PYP) building at KIS gives a sense of wonder, excitement and discovery. At KIS International School in Bangkok, we follow the International Baccalaureate curriculum, which enables students to be inquiring, caring, life-long learners.

Our purpose here in KIS Primary is to nurture your child, providing them with the skills and knowledge delivered through a strong academic programme and the opportunity to develop and share their personal interests and talents. It is important our students get to know themselves and who they are as a learner, and how they learn best. We emphasise the growth of the whole child, encompassing the academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of all students. A very important part of our practice is a reflection, students think about their learning, what went well, what they need to improve on, and with the teacher’s support, set appropriate learning goals for themselves.

At KIS our curriculum is developed within the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP). Our programme of inquiry is developed to incorporate curriculum outcomes across the disciplines, into meaningful and relevant transdisciplinary units.


Jennifer Jaques

PYP Coordinator

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What is the PYP?


The PYP is an internationally recognised, inquiry-based curriculum framework designed for students from 3 to 12 years old.

The PYP promotes learning through inquiry; by developing and asking questions structured around key concepts, students research answers, pose and solve problems and engage in meaningful learning experiences that promote the acquisition of knowledge. The PYP also supports to be effective life-long learners and succeed in an ever-changing world. Positive attitudes and actions towards learning, the environment, and the people around us are viewed as being essential to student success in an ever-changing world. Taking action offers children the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the real world.

The central focus of all three IB programmes is the development of the individual learner. As such, the IB Learner profile is of key importance. Children are consistently encouraged to reflect on their growth within the ten profile characteristics which support them to develop as internationally-minded and effective world citizens.



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The IB Learner Profile


The IB learner profile is the International Baccalaureate (IB) mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.

The learner profile runs across all IB programmes. It promotes attitudes and characteristics in students that develop international-mindedness. Students are encouraged to recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship and to help create a better and more peaceful world.

The learner profile provides a long-term vision for education and is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of the entire school community-students, teachers, administrators and parents, uniting them for a common purpose.




The PYP is a transdisciplinary programme, providing interconnectedness between subjects and disciplines wherever possible. It is also connected through core elements:

  • Subject Knowledge
  • Key Concepts
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Student Action


PYP Key Concepts


The key concepts are central to the curriculum and are presented in the form of key questions. It is these questions that shape each unit of inquiry giving it direction and purpose. The concepts have been carefully developed to encourage students to develop further open-ended questions and think more broadly and deeply as they develop their inquiries and understandings.

These concepts are:

  • Form - What is it?
  • 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?

Through exploring these concepts children are able to explore big ideas about the world, and develop their own questions in increasingly more cognitive ways


The IB Approaches to learning


The ATL connects the PYP vertically to the MYP. They also connect through all the subject disciplines, and are important in supporting children to transfer learning from one area to another. The ATL are a set of 5 skill groups  which are unpacked into more specific sub skills:

Self Management Skills

Organization: Managing Self, Time Management, Goal Setting

States of mind: Mindfulness, Perseverance, Emotional Management, Self Motivation, Resilience

Social Skills

Interpersonal: Self Control, Emotional Intelligence

Interpersonal: Respecting Others, Supporting Others, Social Intelligence, Resolving Conflict

Thinking Skills

Critical thinking: Analysis, Evaluation, Farming Decisions

Creative thinking: Generating novel ideas, Considering new perspectives

Transfer: Application, Application in multiple Contexts

Reflection: Reflection, Metacognition

Research Skills

Information Literacy: Formulating & Planning, Gathering & Recording, Synthesizing & Interpreting, Evaluating & Communicating Media Literacy: Consuming & Processing, Considering online perspectives

Ethical Use: Ethical Use Reliability of sources

Communication Skills

Exchanging Information: Listening, Interpreting, Speaking

Literacy: Reading, Writing,

ICT: Media Representation, Informed Choices


PYP Action


Student action is a core component of the programme. Students apply their knowledge to the real world and further develop their sense of commitment, demonstrating they have the power to affect change. Student action can manifest itself in many ways;

  • Participation
  • Advocacy
  • Social Justice
  • Lifestyle Choices

Action can be individual, group, or class-oriented and can take the form of small acts or larger group initiated activities. Our programme at KIS is designed to nurture students who are lifelong learners with the skills and attitudes to take self-directed action for themselves and others. Our early learners are invited to make choices within our play based environment, learning independence, confidence, responsibility, and much more. In the primary grades, we offer a range of student leadership opportunities, including Student Council, House Captaincy, Assembly Team, Tech Support Team, Ecobeast Environmental Action, and Library Monitors. In addition, students can suggest appropriate action projects to take place within the school.

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