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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

IB Primary Years Programme


The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-profit educational foundation based in Switzerland. It offers programmes that cater for students aged 3 to 19 years. The school is an active member of the Australasian Association of International Baccalaureate Schools. The organisation has a suite of standards and practices to assist with the planning, implementation, development and evaluation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes.

Using the framework provided by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), the curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of every student while ensuring that the key elements of Literacy and Numeracy remain the focus of learning. This comprehensive approach to teaching and learning provides each student with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to embrace lifelong learning. The curriculum provides academic rigor as well as significant and engaging learning, relevant to each student. The use of critical thinking skills is embedded in our curriculum. There is also a focus on developing communication skills, social skills, research skills and self-management skills.

Ongoing monitoring and assessment is used to guide and inform teaching. Our staff use a variety of strategies to cater to individual learning and developmental needs. Reports, which record the achievement and progress of each student, are issued towards the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. Ongoing communication with parents is encouraged through informal and formal meetings, student-led conferences and parent/teacher interviews.

The global nature of the program is designed to allow students to become: inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective (the IB Learner Profile).  Students are encouraged to make sense of their learning by making connections between new knowledge and their own experiences.

The PYP identifies a body of knowledge for all students in all cultures, in six subject areas which are an integral part of the curriculum and delivered under the framework of inquiry learning.

  •     Languages
  •     Mathematics
  •     Social Studies
  •     Arts
  •     Science and technology
  •     Personal, Social and Physical Education

Our language of instruction is English.

For more information about how the PYP works click here.

The PYP Curriculum Model