IB Primary Years Programme

IB programmes aim to provide education that enables students to make sense of the world’s complexities by equipping them with skills and dispositions needed towards responsible future actions. The programme spans disciplinary, cultural, national and geographical boundaries, and champions critical engagement by stimulating ideas and meaningful relationships.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) offers a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centered education with responsible action at its core, enabling students to learn between, across and beyond traditional subject boundaries. In the PYP, students explore six transdisciplinary themes of global significance: Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves, and Sharing the Planet.

Framework organizes the curriculum and offers an in-depth guide to achieve authentic, conceptual and inquiry-based learning that engages PYP students in a challenging and relevant manner. Knowledge, skills, concepts, dispositions, and action are intrinsically related and connected components of the PYP that allow our schools to develop a relevant curriculum that educates the whole child and prepares them to be life-long learners. These, combined with the acquisition of the learner profile, lead to the development of international-mindedness.

Through the programme of inquiry and reflection, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understanding, skills and attributes of the IB Learner profile. Informed by age-appropriate learning theories, emphasis on collaborative inquiry and integrative learning fosters the curiosity, voice, and contribution of the students.

Pedagogy and Design

Bodhi International School places students at the center of everything we do. Our educational approach is driven by the needs, characteristics, and well-being of our youngest learners.

Bodhi International School is proud to be the only IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) school in Jodhpur. IB PYP is the realization of a vision to develop internationally minded students, who can collaborate together to create a more peaceful world. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) nurtures and develops children from age 3 years old as they grow into active learners. The curriculum ensures that the learning is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant.

The PYP curriculum model is dependent on our commitment to a particular belief about how children learn, encapsulated most clearly in the constructivist approach. It is acknowledged that learners have beliefs about how the world works based on their experiences and prior learning.

By focusing on WHO? we teach rather than WHAT? we teach, we meet individual students’ needs, and help them love learning. We support and celebrate their effort to realize their intellectual, cultural, social, and physical aspirations. This sets them up for a successful life of curiosity and engagement throughout school and beyond.

The process of Inquiry in all subject areas enables students to ask questions, be curious, investigate and develop a rich and deep understanding of the world and its people, together with an awareness of how they can respond to the concepts that are shared.

These are incorporated within a Transdisciplinary teaching framework, ensuring the students develop the required understandings of Key Concepts and Approaches to Learning (Skills) expected at each stage of their learning.

Quality instruction through an explicit and rigorous Academic Programme lays the foundation for learning across the key learning areas.

Student agency and individualized learning are key elements of our teaching programmes.

Specialists collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate their specialist areas to deliver a range of learning experiences in Sports and PE, Dance, Music, Visual Arts, and French.

Grade 5 IB PYP Exhibition

The PYP exhibition is an event where students are given the opportunity to share their understanding of a real-life issue or topic they've covered. It's a great way to help pupils reflect on all their learning while developing skills of presentation and assessment.

  • The exhibition is one of the final experiences of the IB Primary Years Programme, done at the end of the final year. As part of the exhibition, students will be encouraged to explore and document their understanding of important topics and learn from each other.
  • The exhibition helps students engage in a collaborative form of learning and inquiry, show autonomy and agency with regards to their learning and demonstrate that they’ve learned and can enact the key qualities of the IB Learner Profile.
  • All exhibitions are student-initiated, designed and collaborative.
  • The exhibition also gives pupils the chance to explore topics from a range of different perspectives, listen to other learners and understand their points of view. This can help them take in new knowledge they might be able to use in their learning in future.
  • The exhibition also helps to unite PYP students as part of a community, reflect on their PYP learning experiences on the whole, and acts as a step towards the next part of their educational journey as they move on from the PYP.
From Principles to Practice

The transdisciplinary model extends across all three pillars of the PYP curriculum framework - the learner, learning and teaching, and the learning community.

The Learner

Describes the outcomes for individual students and the outcomes they seek for themselves (what is learning?)

Learning and Teaching

Articulates the distinctive features of learning and teaching (how best to support learners?)

The Learning Community

Emphasizes the importance of the social outcomes of learning and the role that IB communities play in achieving these outcomes (who facilitates learning and teaching?)

Agency, Self-efficacy and Action

Agency and self-efficacy are fundamental to learning in the PYP. Throughout the programme, the learner is an agent for their own and others' learning. They direct their learning with a strong sense of identity and self-belief and in conjunction with others, build a sense of community and awareness for the opinions, values and needs of others.

Action, the core of student agency, is integral to the PYP learning process and to the programme’s overarching outcome of international mindedness. Through taking individual and collective action, students come to understand the responsibilities associated with being internationally-minded and to appreciate the benefits of working with others for a shared purpose.

Nurturing Young Minds


Augments automaticity in the learning curve
Bodhi International School syllabus documents for all Key Learning Areas.

Bringing Technology to Life

Design Thinking in Pyp:

Information Technology and STEAM-based activities are woven throughout learning to develop computational and engineering skills. BIS supports the school in further integration of technology as learning about and learning through technology, in addition to tinkering, coding, and making.

Design Thinking Process
PYP Technology Learning and Teaching

Authentic integration of the design thinking process throughout learning and teaching enhances cognitive and meta-cognitive skills. All lessons are co-taught with a gradual release of responsibility as teachers felt more comfortable with the technology and in supporting their learners’ agency.

Learning Spaces

This is beyond the classroom and a range of learning spaces contribute to the effective development of cognition. A dedicated Teacher Librarian helps to encourage a love of literature.

Differentiated Learning

The Enrichment Team provides integrated, small group support that meets the varied academic needs within the context of the classroom environment.

The Co-Curricular Programme

Is dynamic and varied, catering to the learning capacities and talents. The program is constantly evolving to allow student agency to steer the options on offer.

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