The PYP at IST

The IST Elementary Parent Handbook 2017-18

Check out pages 44 to 47 for our learning continua (reading, writing and mathematics) and don't miss pages 48 to 54 for details about our Progamme of Inquiry.

Download the IST Elementary Parent Handbook for 2017-18 (Note file is 3 MB)


Primary Years Programme

From Early Childhood (age 3) to Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based, concept-driven Primary Years Programme (PYP) from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). IST has been authorized since May 2000 to offer the PYP.

Our goal is to create an environment where young students understand the interconnectedness (trans-disciplinary aspect) of big ideas while grasping the essential elements (concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action) that will form the foundation for future learning. 

In line with our school vision, we endorse an approach to educating the whole child as opposed to only the academic side. Our faculty and staff are a multi-national blend of professionals with many areas of expertise. We believe that educating children is a team approach which includes strong communication with parents and the school community.

The Curriculum

The PYP stresses the importance of determing the existing knowledge that students bring to new experiences in order to allow children the opportunity to make connections between their previous and current perceptions. An overview of the IST Elementary curriculum is provided in the Parent Handbook. For more specific details regarding IST's curriculum, please see the key learning outcomes and continnums post to the left. 

Five Essential Elements

The five essential elements—concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action—are incorporated into the PYP framework, so that students are given the opportunity to:

  • gain knowledge that is relevant and of global significance
  • develop an understanding of concepts, which allows them to make connections throughout their learning
  • acquire transdisciplinary and disciplinary skills
  • develop attitudes that will lead to international-mindedness
  • take action as a consequence of their learning.

Tony Breese

Elementary Principal


Maggie Hewitt

Elementary Vice Principal


Glenn Davies

Elementary Vice Principal


Michael Mansell

PYP Coordinator


Linda Vaz

Admissions Officer


Sarah Daniel

Elementary Office Assistant


Marystella Kaombwe

Elementary Office Assistant
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