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International Baccalaureate: The Primary Years Programme (PYP)


The Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child, not only inside the classroom but also in the world outside, through other environments where children learn. It offers a framework that meets children's several needs: academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural.

The PYP is essentially a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning, rather than a curriculum. Traditional academic subjects are part of the program, but it emphasizes the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills through a transdisciplinary program of inquiry.

The IB Learner Profile

Chettinad Lincoln believes that effective education does more than produce good test scores, but it produces students that display specific intended traits. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile is a set of ideals that we believe is embodied in an internationally minded human being, and represents the type of person that IB programs are trying to develop. These traits help teachers and students to establish goals, plan units of inquiry, and assess performance: 

  • Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

  • Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

  • Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

  • Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

  • Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

  • Open-Minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

  • Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

  • Risk-Takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

  • Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives - intellectual, physical, and emotional - to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

  • Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.