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The Primary Years Programme (PYP) Framework

How is the PYP Structured?

Three interrelated components of the Primary Years Program

Teachers work collaboratively in teams to plan  what will be taught using Common Core English Language Arts Standards and the Ohio Content Standards in science and social studies.  The PYP Framework provides the structure for the transdisciplinary units of inquiry (see graphic below). These units form Mercer's Programme of Inquiry 2021-2022. All planning addresses three critical questions.

The Primary Years Programme Framework

  • The Learner: describes the outcomes for individual students and the outcomes they seek for themselves (what is learning?)

  • Learning and teaching: articulates the distinctive features of learning and teaching (how best to support learners?)

  • The learning community: emphasizes the importance of the social outcomes of learning and the role that IB communities play in achieving these outcomes (who facilitates learning and teaching?)

AGENCY, voice, choice and ownership, is at the center of the IB PYP Curriculum Framework.  Students are taught to be thinkers who inquire about the world around them and recognize their part as agents of change in the world around them.  Agency leads to ACTION, where they reflect international-mindedness by demonstrating the learner profile attributes in taking individual and collective action to make the world a better place. (

Teaching and Learning within the IB PYP

View the video link below to better understand how the PYP framework supports teaching and learning within a complex and interconnected world.

What is IB? Video Link