Our Curricula- Primary Years


Dedicated to shaping, not just the academic learner, but the student as a whole.

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What is the The International Baccalaureate?

IB is a global leader in international education- developing inquiring, knowledgeable, confident and caring young people. The program encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and take their learning beyond academic studies, being active in their communities. Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering highly respected programs of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. 

The IB has a deserved, hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement. Students at IB World Schools are given a unique education focused on academic rigor and emphasis on students’ personal development.
IB programs enable teachers to develop resilient, self-motivated young people who have the knowledge, skills, and sense of purpose they need to thrive throughout their lives and contribute to making the world a better place. 

Each of the IB’s programs is committed to the development of students according to the IB Learner Profile.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:
What is the PYP*? 
The PYP is 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 a framework guided by six interdisciplinary themes of global significance
Themes are explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas
What are the six subject areas identified within the PYP?
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Arts (Music, Drama & Visual)
  • Personal, Social and Physical Education

What are the six transdisciplinary themes of the PYP?

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet
  • What are the six subject areas identified within the PYP?
The themes allow teachers to incorporate local and global issues into the units of inquiry and support children’s learning outside of the confines of learning within just subject areas.
Each theme or Unit of Inquiry lasts approximately 6 weeks for Years 1 through 6 and 9 weeks for Kinder classes.
Students are continuously assessed by their teachers throughout the unit of inquiry but also receive a formalized end of unit assessment to record their progress of subject specific knowledge, understanding the central idea and learner goals. Assessments particularly focus on mathematics and literacy development.

UKIM is a Candidate School* for the PYP programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that UKIM believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org