In an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school, students should demonstrate:

  • Appreciation- Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.
  • Commitment- Being committed to their own 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 and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.
  • Curiosity- Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.
  • Empathy- Imagining him or herself in another's situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.
  • Enthusiasm- Enjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the process.
  • Independence- Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.
  • Integrity- Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.
  • Respect- Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.
  • Tolerance- Being sensitive about the differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.


(Making the PYP Happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education  © 2007, 2009)

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