Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The AIS Elementary School curriculum is designed to guide students to:

  • The concepts and skills necessary for educational success
  • Knowledge appropriate to the level of their educational development
  • Healthy self-respect, a sense of tolerance and an appreciation of others



Our students become inquirers, communicators, and thinkers who are principled, open-minded and reflective.

To achieve these goals teachers select the best practice, supported by the best and latest research, from a range of systems to create a curriculum that is relevant, challenging and engaging. This happens within a structure provided by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). The Primary Years Programme effectively prepares Elementary students for the IB Middle Years (Grades 6-10) and the IB Diploma (Grades 11-12) Programmes.

In the Primary Years Programme (PYP) all learning is inquiry-based. Research activities – individual and group – are a notable feature of the PYP classroom, and help students from an early age to become independent, confident and critical thinkers as learners.

All subjects are principally taught within units of inquiry; but English, Mathematics, Information Technology, Music, Art, Arabic, Arabic as a foreign language and Physical Education may in addition be offered as stand-alone subjects. This arrangement allows flexibility and spontaneity as well as depth and structure, and pays full attention to the development of important subject-related skills.

You can find the PYP matrix here.

Please visit the following links for more information about the IB PYP:

IB Website
IB Parent Information Pages

You are also invited to contact the PYP Coordinator via email for further information regarding this programme at AIS.