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Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Learning - Elementary

Designed for students from 3 to 11 years of age (NIST Years 1 to 6), the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a research-based framework that adopts a holistic approach to early childhood education through three key pillars: the learner, learning and teaching and the learning community. Emotional, social and physical wellbeing are valued equally alongside foundational academic development, reinforced through a student-centered approach that helps students develop a love of learning. 

At the core of the PYP is concept-based inquiry. This is an approach that empowers students to take ownership of their learning by giving them greater voice and choice, as they are encouraged to question the world around them and engage in activities that promote curiosity, independence and social skills.

Explore Elementary Programme Overview

Annual Events

PYP Exhibition

Our students in Year 6 spend over two months reflecting, planning and creating as they prepare for the culmination of the Primary Years Programme: the PYP exhibition. The process is always full of challenges, however through this student-led project our students become more resilient, resourceful, capable and ready to begin a new chapter in the MYP.

PYP Completion Ceremony

A milestone event in the young lives of our Year 6 students is the PYP Completion Ceremony. Parents, family, friends and faculty staff gather to celebrate and congratulate our young learners as they graduate from the PYP and look forward to joining the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

NIST Musical

Our Year 5 and Year 6 students sing, dance and perform to a packed theatre in our large-scale musical productions managed by our Elementary Music Department. 


For our older students, NIST offers the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, as well as the Global Citizen Diploma and International Award.


NIST offers a holistic education with academics, well-being, activities, service learning, and expeditions for students' development.