The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the Middle Years Programme.

The IB Primary Years Programme:

  • addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
  • encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
  • helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum model is one based on a thorough involvement in each of the following subject areas – English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Arts, Physical Education, Information Technology, Arabic Language and Religious Studies. The model is unique in that it encourages interdisciplinary interaction by means of the ‘Areas of Interaction’. The Areas of Interaction (Health & Social Education, Human Ingenuity, Community and Service, Approaches to Learning and Environments) form the basis for interdisciplinary teaching and give a special focus for the subjects throughout the MYP.

Students in their final year of the MYP (Year 10 at AIA) complete a major self-directed project called the Personal Project; which is researched and developed in conjunction with a staff member acting as a mentor. The Personal Project carries the same weight as a full subject.