Primary Years Programme
Pre-Kindergarten 3 - Grade 5
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) focuses on the heart as well as the mind, and addresses social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, as well as the academics.
The International School of Port of Spain is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). As we continue to develop curious, knowledgeable, and caring young people who want to make a difference in our world, we are proud to be a part of the IB World School Community which consists of schools that share a common philosophy — a commitment to high quality, challenging international education that ISPS believes is important for our students. We firmly believe that we are “preparing tomorrow’s leaders today” by having high expectations, and a staff of highly qualified and caring teachers.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) offers a significant and challenging experience that spans across and beyond traditional subject boundaries. It focuses on the heart as well as the mind and addresses social, physical, emotional and cultural needs along with academic needs. At the heart of the PYP is a commitment to structured inquiry as a vehicle for learning. It provides an internationally designed model for the learner to construct meaning and incorporates guidelines on student learning styles, teaching methodologies, and assessment strategies.
PYP Curriculum Model
The new organizing structure of the PYP focuses on the principle of agency which is fostered by encouraging student interests, questions, discoveries, and theories. Agency allows students to have a voice, choice, and ownership to impact their learning in the planning process and take meaningful and intentional action. Everyone connected to the school community becomes an agent in the teaching and learning process to create a culture that honors the full participation of the learning community.