IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Chilton Saint James is an Authorised IB PYP School. The PYP encourages our students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.

CHIL_G9C4296We run the International Baccalaurate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Preschool to Year 6, in conjunction with the New Zealand Curriculum enabling us to offer a broad, enriched Programme of Learning to equip our students for success on a global platform.

We want your child to flourish at school academically socially, as a performing artist, as a sportsperson and as a global citizen who understands the joy of providing service to Chilton as well as local, national and international communities. We want your child to feel challenged in what they do and to courageously accept opportunities that develop creativity, curiosity and confidence.


The PYP Curriculum Framework consists of Five Essential Elements:

Approaches to Learning


Knowledge is the significant, relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know about.

The six Trans Disciplinary Themes are:

• How The World Works
• How We Express Ourselves
• How We Organise Ourselves
• Sharing The Planet
• Where We Are In Place And Time
• Who We Are

Areas of Knowledge: Language (English and French); Mathematics; Arts (Dance, Music and Visual Art); Science; Social Studies; and Personal, Social and Physical Education.


Concepts are the powerful ideas that have relevance within each subject area but also transcend them.

Form: What is it like?
Function: How does it work?
Causation: Why is it like it is?
Change: How is it changing?
Connection: How is it connected to other things?
Perspective: What are the points of view?
Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
Reflection: How do we know?


Attitudes are the expressions of our fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people.

Appreciation, Commitment, Confidence, Cooperation, Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Independence, Integrity, Respect, Tolerance.

Approaches to Learning

Approaches to Learning are those capabilities that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or trans disciplinary in nature.

Communication Skills:
Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Viewing, Presenting, Non-verbal Communication.

Research Skills:
Formulating questions, Observing, Planning, Collecting data, Recording data, Organising data, Interpreting data, Presenting Research Findings.CHIL_G9C4085

Self-Management Skills:
Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Spatial Awareness, Organisation, Time Management, Safety, Healthy Lifestyle, Codes of Behaviour, Informed Choices.

Social Skills:
Accepting Responsibility, Respecting Others, Cooperating, Resolving Conflict, Group Decision Making, Adopting a Variety of Group Roles.

Thinking Skills:
Acquisition of Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation, Dialectical Thought, Metacognition.


Action is the process of showing the deeper learning through responsible action; it is a manifestation the learning in practice.