PYP Curriculum


pypØsterbro International School is an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Being an IB World School means that ØIS shares a common philosophy, meaning a commitment to a high quality, challenging and international education

The PYP is for students aged 3-12. It prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

The Primary Years Programme and its curriculum at ØIS have been created around the PYP model.

The Primary Years can be looked at in two sections: Lower Primary, which consists of Pre-K-Grade 2, and Upper Primary, which consists of Grades 3-5.


UNIT WORK (Humanities, Science, and Art)

In the efforts of becoming an IB World School we have undertaken a huge transition in our core curriculum. We have started the process of obtaining candidacy and, in time, authorization of the IB by introducing “Unit Work” in our Primary Years classes.  Teachers, staff, and program coordinators decided that the best way to introduce the program was to start by combining Art, Science, and Humanities objectives and goals into one “Unit”.  These units have been carefully chosen across the different grade levels by teachers to give the children a well-rounded education throughout the Primary years. We have based these units on topic areas specific to the IB.

Please see these curriculum documents for more information:


The Lower Primary Years:
The Lower Primary Years (Pre-K – Grade 2) have adopted a highly effective reading program called Superkids, by the Rowland Reading a Foundation. The program incorporates the essential elements of reading, writing, spelling, and grammar in a way which keeps children engaged and excited about learning to read and write. There is a great emphasis systematic phonics based instruction. The program is easily differentiated within the classroom, it is adapted and aligned with the International Baccalaureate’s approaches to learning where ever possible. The program includes assessment, which helps teachers to evaluate performance and progress on an individual basis, and allows differentiated planning to meet the child’s needs.

The Upper Primary Years:
Grade 3 is using an English program which is linked to the various units that will be focused on throughout the year.
English objectives in Grade 3 focus on these topic areas:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension
  • Traits of writing
  • Storytelling
  • Literature (reading & analyzing a novel)

The students are engaged through a variety of learning techniques and these themes build on the reading and writing skills which have been taught through the Lower Primary Years Program.

Grade 4 focuses on vocabulary building, writing proficiency, grammar and reading comprehension. Each week, the class is given a new list of words and the students are required to know how to use the words in sentences. They undertake a study of grammar by looking at the various parts of speech in the English language. The students utilize their expanding vocabulary and grammar knowledge in order to become more precise and effective writers. They also focus on how to glean information from a text. This is done through exploring various genres of literature from a variety of sources, in relation to their unit work.

In Grade 5 students will work through various units from the Oxford English International Approach text book. The series uses a theme- based, holistic approach to reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides a unique range of fiction and non- fiction from across the globe. Learning to reason and think critically is an essential element in this approach, especially as they deal with many ethical and moral issues. Each student has a workbook that provides a wealth of prepared activities and worksheets to improve students’ skills in vocabulary, grammar and writing. These activities follow topics from the student book and use examples from the reading material to make tasks relevant and meaningful.

Please see ØIS PYP Language Scope and Sequence for more information.


The Lower Primary Years:
The Lower Primary Years students at ØIS develop strong Math skills through a core curriculum based around a program called Abacus Evolve which was created and developed in the UK. Children begin in Prep class with early number skill introductions and are rapidly given the opportunity to improve these skills with challenging learning experiences which are hands-on and motivating. The program focuses on group work and offers a multitude of opportunities to bring numeracy to life by using exciting adventures and a familiar set of characters that children can relate to.

The Upper Primary Years:
Grades 3 and 4 also follow Abacus Evolve. Drawing from extensive research and feedback from teachers and pupils, this program is introduced through a variety of channels in which the children can explore and strengthen mathematical concepts and skills.

Grade 5 follows a math program called International Mathematics which has been developed with the international student in mind. This series is particularly beneficial to students studying in an international setting. All examples and exercises take an international viewpoint, giving students an opportunity to learn Mathematics with a global perspective. The content is appropriate for international curricula and will meet the needs of all middle school students studying Mathematics.

Investigations encourage students to seek knowledge and develop research skills. The program also focuses on differentiation so that each student can access the skills taught, as children are coming from different school settings from around the globe, and prior skills can vary.
Grade 5 is also incorporating technology applications throughout the year by participating in a global internet linked Math game called Mathletics. Children work and “play” to improve their Math skills in an engaging, enjoyable way in their free time.

Please see IB PYP Maths Scope and Sequence for more information.