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The six trans-disciplinary themes

Who we are

An exploration of the nature of the self; of our beliefs and values; of personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; of our families, friends, communities and cultures; of our rights and responsibilities; of what it means to be human.

Swiss history timeline

Where we are in time and place

An exploration of our orientation in place and time; of our personal histories; of history and geography from local and global perspectives; of our homes and journeys; of the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; of the contributions of individuals and civilizations.

How we express ourselves

An exploration of the ways in which we discover and express our nature, ideas, feelings, beliefs and values through language and the arts.

Healthy Eating watercolor

A bike is a complex machine

How the world works

An exploration of the physical and material world; of natural and human-made phenomena; of the world of science and technology.

How we organize ourselves

An exploration of human systems and communities; of the world of work, its nature and its value; of employment and unemployment and their impact.

Children's Rights poster puzzle

Endangered Animal poster  Macaw

Sharing the planet

An exploration of our rights and responsibilities as we try to share finite resources with other people, with other living things; of communities and of the relationships within and between them.



Who we are

Where we are in time and place

How we express ourselves

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet


Who am I?


What Can I Use THis For?

The Changing Seasons


Caring for Living Things


People We Know


Sounds Fun

Where Does Our Food Come From?


Our Garden Paradise

Year 1

You, Me and Us

Play Then and Now

Everyone is a Storyteller

The Roof Over My Head

School is Cool

Life Cycles

Year 2


Our Local Area

Patterns, Rhythm and Rhyme



Our World of Plants

Year 3

Healthy Living



Simple Machines

What Will I Be When I Grow Up?


Year 4

Our Personal Stories

Our Pre-historic Ancestors

Folk Tales and Fairy Tales


A Right Means No One Is Left Out

The Animal Kingdom

Year 5

The Human Body

Our Local History

Art and Artists

Forces and Motion

Where in the World do We Think We Are?


Year 6

Personal Growth and Change

Space Exploration



World Beliefs

The PYP Exhibition









Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through positive action and service; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements

Powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explore and re-explore in order to develop understanding

Significant, relevant, subject matter which students are expected to explore and know about

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Those things which the students need to be able to do to succeed in a changing, challenging world

Dispositions which are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people



updated 12 fÈvrier, 2007