IB Primary Years' Programme

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years' Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. Queen Margaret College is authorised to teach the PYP this programme in our Pre-School and Junior School. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.

The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging framework for all students. At the heart of the programme's philosophy is a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry as the leading vehicle for learning.


kathleen Kathleen Mcdonnell is the Primary Years Programme (PYP) Co-ordinator, please feel free to contact her for further information; Kathleen.McDonnell@qmc.school.nz or go to the International Baccalaureate website.

Six transdisciplinary themes of global significance provide the framework for exploration and study:

  • 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.

Teachers are guided by these themes as they design units of inquiry.

The programme can be illustrated by a hexagon at the centre of which is the IB Learner Profile with the six themes surrounding six subject areas:
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  • language- including a second language
  • social studies
  • mathematics
  • arts
  • science
  • personal, social and physical education.