Primary Year Programme

The PYP inquiry-based approach to learning encourages young children to become active participants in the educational process as they ask questions and then find the answers through guided explorations.

The integration of all subjects within PYP units gives young children a solid background in readiness and pre-academic skills. Children are encouraged to think independently, make choices, become problem-solvers, express themselves creatively and work cooperatively with others.

Hands-on activities allow children to construct personal meaning from their discoveries. This hands-on discovery approach to learning is well suited to the natural curiosity and inquisitive nature of young children.

Learning Centres are the most effective way to facilitate discovery learning in young children. Children develop independence and responsibility as they work cooperatively with one another. The teacher works with children individually or in small groups to meet the individual needs of all students.
The Primary Years Programme is an Inquiry-based curriculum which encourages students to develop the conceptual understanding, knowledge and skills they need, to become life long learners.

The skill areas of thinking, communication, self-management, social skills and research are developed in the context of meaningful situations. Equally important is the emphasis on the development of positive attitudes and the ability to take responsible action when and if required.
Through a structured Integrated Studies program, the students learn higher level questioning skills. The topics studied have been carefully selected, based on their relevance and significance.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) delivers curriculum holistically encompassing the academic, social, emotional, and physical breadth of learning. Learning through the PYP is collaborative, hands-on, integrated, purposeful and action-oriented. Learning is organised into six major Units of Inquiry. Through these units the classroom teachers integrate Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Personal Social Education, Social Studies and ICT while single-subject teachers integrate Music, Art, Drama, Physical Education French and Hindi Language.

Central to the development of an internationally-minded student are the attributes of the IB Learner Profile and IB Attitudes. These characteristics are woven into the fabric of life at DYPIS; in the classroom, the hallways, the sports field, the playground and the lunchroom. The vocabulary of the Learner Profile and Attitudes is an integral to the interactions between students, teachers and parents.

Student Attitudes

An important part of educating an international child is the development of positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning. We believe it is essential to address attitudes consciously, professionally and explicitly within our curriculum. Every classroom has the positive attitudes we aim for, displayed. Teachers recognise these attitudes as they occur in daily routines by children and adults. Class lessons and activities for the students are planned based on these attitudes.


We want students to develop:
  • Appreciation---appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people
  • Commitment---being committed to their learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility
  • Confidence---feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices
  • Cooperation---cooperating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demands
  • Creativity---being creative, expressive and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas through their day-to-day experiences
  • Curiosity---being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people and cultures
  • Empathy---imaginatively projecting themselves into another’s situation, in order to understand his/her thoughts, reasoning and emotions
  • Enthusiasm---enjoying learning
  • Independence---thinking and acting independently, making their own judgements
  • Integrity---having a firm sense of fairness and honesty
  • Respect---respecting themselves, others and the world around them
  • Tolerance---feeling sensitivity towards differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others