Primary Years

The journey from awakening to enabling…

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a world-renowned curricular framework designed to encourage students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens.  The PYP targets learners in grades K to 5, giving them a global perspective and aims to create a relevant, engaging, challenging, and significant educational environment for all children.

Working with the belief that each child is a competent learner - The Early Years Programme (Pre-primary-age group 3-5 years) at Oberoi International School blends everyday curricular routines with authentic experiences to create a culture of learning and respect.

The learning spaces created for the future leaders allow them to experiment and experience their own learning in very safe environment.

The individual differences are celebrated and focus is on finding out “how you are smart”, rather than ‘how smart you are’, keeping with the good practices of Multiple intelligences. Children in their early years experience many languages of learning. As we at Oberoi International School certainly believe - 'If pupils don’t learn the way we teach… perhaps we should teach the way they learn’- Eppig, 1981.
 The interdisciplinary learning experiences involve the learning processes, skill and ‘ways of knowing’ that are unique to different disciplines, yet blending into one comprehensive body of knowledge.
The Primary Programme (age group 6-11 years) of PYP at Oberoi International School echoes the similar vision. Aligning with the IB philosophy, the primary curriculum is focused on teaching the ‘heart and the mind’. Its all about respecting individual competencies, working on one's set of skills, conceptual understanding and using it to connect with the world at large. To start locally and reach globally.

The goals of the PYP are no different from the goals of our school’s mission statement. As we aim to "educate curious, enthusiastic and principled leaders" so too does the mission of the IBO. We want our students to graduate knowing how to be a citizen in today's world.  The framework is based on an understanding of how children learn and how the brain works. It allows for flexibility in our choice of content as we work to achieve our school’s standards and it connects our school to a wider school and community network. Exposure is also given to showcase understanding and be open for public scrutiny.

This gives them humility to learn and courage to conquer…

IB PYP Primary Years

Primary School
The Primary School Curriculum (Grade I - V) focuses upon the total growth of the developing child, in addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, in addition to academic welfare. OIS Primary School is authorized to follow the framework of the Primary Years Program (PYP), which is the first of the programs designed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). The framework which our curriculum is based on offers a comprehensive inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. The curriculum is focused on teaching the ‘heart and the mind’ by respecting individual competencies, working on one's set of skills and conceptual understanding that is used to connect with the world at large. The idea is to start locally and reach globally.

Why IB PYP?
In the PYP, it is recognized and appreciated that students come into the programme from various backgrounds and with a wealth of differing experiences. All teachers have a responsibility to assess student development in the context of the IB learner profile; it affects all students throughout the programme. As a school we have a responsibility on behalf of all students to assess and report on progress in the development of the attributes of the learner profile.

What, then, is a PYP school? It is a school that, regardless of location, size or constitution, strives towards developing an internationally minded person. What is an internationally minded person? It is a person who demonstrates the attributes of the IB learner profile which you can find above.

From: Making the PYP Happen: A Curriculum Framework for International Primary Education

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

The IB learners strive to be:


What do the students learn?
The curriculum is built around a framework of six organizing themes. These six-week units, called Units of Inquiry, encourage the development of thinking, communication, self-management, social and research skills, at the same time they integrate the subject areas of language arts, social studies, science and mathematics, and the arts whenever possible. PYP learning is inquiry-based learning with a strong focus on conceptual understanding.  It’s a framework that encourages students to not only remember and understand, but also to apply, analyze, evaluate and create.

All subjects are mainly taught with in the Units of Inquiry (UOI). Research and student-initiated action are distinct features of the PYP, which help students become motivated, independent learners who can make a positive impact in their community. 

Specialist teachers are responsible for teaching Hindi, French, Spanish, Art, Music and Physical Education.  In all these areas authentic connections between homeroom class teaching and specialist subjects are emphasized.

Parents are informed about their child’s progress through regular contact with the teachers, 2 report cards and a portfolio of student work.  In addition, there is one parent-teacher meeting\ and one student-led conference a year.  Parents can also contact the homeroom teacher at any time should they have queries or concerns.  There are also many opportunities for parents to become involved in the program.

primary years curriculum

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum framework for primary education. The programme seeks to develop internationally minded students with the attitudes, profiles, skills, and knowledge to take action in response to their inquiries and help create a better and more peaceful world. The PYP started being developed in the early 1990s, and is now used in quality schools around the world.

The Oberoi International School (OIS) received authorization for PYP in December 2011 . The PYP at OIS runs from nursery through grade 5. Through the PYP pedagogy, students engage in guided inquiry to develop learners that are socially responsible, creative, knowledgeable, respectful, and celebrate their learning.

The curriculum is organized through six transdisciplinary themes that focus on big ideas or understandings. The six-transdisciplinary themes from the PYP are Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How we organize ourselves, How the world works, How we express ourselves, and Sharing the planet.

Our programme is transdisciplinary in nature. Students engage in content across curricular-guided inquiry. Science and social studies are fully integrated and math, communication, arts, music, physical education, and second or home language instruction is integrated where it fits naturally. Some content is taught through stand-alone instruction.

The PYP is a transdisciplinary approach to education that focuses on developing student connection developing understandings of big ideas or Themes.

What this means is that student engage in the studies to understand the 6 big ideas of who we are, where we are in place and time, how we organize ourselves, sharing the planet, how we express ourselves, and how the world works.

Information Technology (ICT) at OIS is integrated within the classroom and is used by students to investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, and organize their learning. This takes place through library and technology specialists working with the teachers and students collaboratively during explorations.

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PROGRESS ASSESSMENT

​In Primary, student assessments are done on a continuous basis both formally and informally, and the results of these assessments are reported to parents at the end of each unit, along with a narrative assessment of student performance. The school uses MySchoolOne, a web-based student information system, which facilitates the direct communication and coordination between parents and teachers with respect to student performance. Parents are given a personal login ID and a password by which they can access updates and any formal communication from the school.​