Kindergarten and Primary School

Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 4 – 12 years (Kindergarten to Grade 6). The PYP offers an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework that builds conceptual understanding. It reflects the best of educational research and experience derived from IB World Schools.

Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme here. The PYP 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.

The PYP curriculum framework begins with the premise that students are agents of their own learning and partners in the learning process. It prioritises people and their relationships to build a strong learning community.

PYP students use their initiative to take responsibility and ownership of their learning.  By learning through inquiry and reflecting on their own learning, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and the attributes of the IB Learner profile to make a difference in their own lives, their communities, and beyond.

The framework emphasises the central principle of agency, which underpins the three pillars of school life:

  • the learner
  • learning and teaching
  • the learning community

Embedded in the framework is the recognition of the importance of fostering an individual’s self-efficacy. Students with a strong sense of self-efficacy are active in their own learning and take action in their learning community. Learn more about the PYP curriculum framework.

Day Care and PreSchool

Our daycare and preschool curriculum has been designed using leading world-wide research and practices including the Early Years Foundation Stage from the UK, the Reggio Emilia approach and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

Alignment and Transition

At BKA International School we have aligned our curriculum with the Canton Basel Stadt Lehrplan 21 curriculum documentation. Further details regarding the Lehrplan 21 can be found at the Education Department of Basel Stadt’s website.