IB Transdisciplinary Themes

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes around which learning is planned.


These are:

  1. Who we are.

  2. Where we are in place and time.

  3. How we express ourselves.

  4. How the world works.

  5. How we organize ourselves.

  6. Sharing the planet.

These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas.

The transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry. Teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a substantial and high level of involvement on the part of students.

The IB knows that young learners are intelligent, resourceful and creative individuals who grow, develop and learn at different rates. They explore their environment and learn about their world through play and relationships with peers, teachers, family and community members.

Early learning in the PYP is a holistic learning experience that integrates socio-emotional, physical and cognitive development. In the PYP classroom, it takes place in dynamic environments that promote play, discovery and exploration.

Parents whose children have experienced the PYP in an early years setting like how the programme acknowledges that each child is unique.

PYP in an Early Years Setting from International Baccalaureate on Vimeo.


Our Mission Statement

Avon Elementary, the heart of a world-class, multicultural school community, is committed to maximizing the potential of each individual learner.  In a safe and nurturing environment, we educate and empower our students to become high achieving, well-rounded, multilingual global citizens. In partnership with our families and community, we strive to instill compassion and a lifelong love of learning.

Key Concepts

The concepts that are central to the curriculum are presented in the form of key questions.  It is these questions, used flexibly by teachers and students when planning an inquiry-based unit, that shape that unit, giving it direction and purpose.  It is in this sense that the key questions, and the concepts to which they relate, are said to drive the PYP curriculum.
PYP key concepts and related questions:

Form:  What is it like?
Function: How does it work?
Causation: Why is like it is?
Change:  How is it changing?
Connection:  How is it connected to other things?
Perspective:  What are the points of view?
Responsibility:  What is our responsibility?
Reflection:  How do we know?

From Making the PYP Happen, 2009.


Avon Elementary Programme of Inquiry


Programa de Indagación 2018-19