The Key Elements of PYP and its Impact on Students

On April 21, 2020,

A child’s education in the foundation stages of learning is equally important as say, the final few years before graduating school. The education structure between ages 3 and 12 at MLSI – the Primary Years Programme, is uniquely curated to prepare students for the intricacies of the Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma. 

To further elucidate on the critical characteristics of the Primary Years Programme, here are the key elements of the course structure at MLSI – 


This element describes the ideologies and topics we strive to inculcate in our students. We adopt an inquiry-based learning approach which ensures a transparent, interactive, and both-sided form of communication between students and their teachers. In all years of education, we aim to throw the spotlight on the child’s role in the learning process.


The skills which students are expected to learn during the course of the Primary Years Programme include – thinking skills, social skills, communication skills, self-management skills, and critical research & analysis skills. These are skills which are helpful for individuals beyond the classroom and outside school as well. The ultimate goal is to prepare students not only for exams but for life.


The Primary Years Programme has a comprehensive structure which aims to build strong foundations across all eminent topics of study. The subjects elaborated on in the Primary Years Programme include – Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Arts.


The entire essence of education is to educate and shape a student in a completed way – well beyond the realm of academics. Upon completing the Primary Years Programme, we expect students to be socially & environmentally aware and culturally inclusive.


A fundamental characteristic of action is that it can be both externally and internally triggered,  by the student. External motivation includes members of a team, the nature of the project, and motivation from teachers. Inherent motivations include a willingness to learn, appetite for succeeding at any task, and intrinsic interest in the topic. Although the action is carried out by the student, it is triggered and overseen by the teacher.

To conclude, inculcating these essential elements in students at a pretty young age ensures solid building blocks for further education (the Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma). Along with this, the programme also enhances a student’s attitude, persona, and overall outlook on life.