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Primary Years (Ages 6-11)

Academics thrive in a safe environment focused on individual growth

Why do students love to learn at BIS? Because our Primary Years teachers inspire these children to find passion in the world around them. Students are empowered to ask questions, set goals, find the ways to achieve these goals, and then share this acquired knowledge with their teachers and peers. Their school days are never dull, they are filled with exploration, challenge, application of concepts and movement.  

Our students learn within the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP reflects best international education practices and current research on how children learn and how to best engage them and their natural curiosity. It promotes a strong foundation in numeracy, literacy and cognitive abilities, while preparing young students to become critical, self-motivated and inquiring learners. 

Students learn through exploring transdisciplinary themes, investigating ideas and concepts that span multiple disciplines. The Arts, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Physical and Health Education, and Social Studies are woven together into lessons and connected to one another. At the same time, students build a tool set of communication, presentation and technology skills to aid them in their project-based research and work. Critical skills around digital citizenship, metacognition and social competence are systematically developed year upon year. While students continue to need facts and knowledge, they also expand and apply their knowledge and develop resilience, attributes increasingly important in our quickly evolving world.

If you are interested in more information about the Primary School Programme at BIS, please contact our PYP Coordinator, Casey Ranson.