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Introduction to the IB Primary Years Programme

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) nurtures and develops students ages 3-12 as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. 

Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and exercise agency to explore who we are, how we express ourselves, where we are in space and time, how the world works, how we organise ourselves, and sharing the planet.

The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.
Students playing with lego outside

Play Based

The Early Childhood programme focuses on purposeful play, active learning, creativity,and critical thinking. We encourage children to actively explore the world, developing individual and shared inquiries. Our goal is to create a dynamic and joyful community of young learners who have the strong educational foundations they need in order to continue their journey through the PYP.

Lower school student talking to a teacher in a classroom

Inquiry Based

Inquiry is the process initiated by the learner or the teacher which moves the learner from his or her current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding. This can mean:

  • Exploring, wondering and questioning

  • Experimenting and playing with possibilities

  • Researching and seeking information

  • Collecting data and reporting findings

  • Clarifying existing ideas and reappraising events

  • Making and testing theories

  • Making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens

  • Elaborating on solutions to problems.

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Subjects to Expect

The PYP supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it, and helps them establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

PYP studies are based on six subject areas:

  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics  
  • Arts
  • Science 
  • Personal / Social / Physical Education.

Students also work and play with specialists to explore language and culture, art, music, and physical education.

World class outdoor spaces support a Forest School curriculum that connects students with the natural world.

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Learner Profile

To provide education for international understanding and to nurture globally minded citizens who are:

  • Communicators
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Principled
  • Enquirers
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Open-minded


Forest School Egham


Outdoor learning and Forest School is a key part of the Early Years curriculum at ACS Egham; students spend one day per week learning through nature, with the freedom to explore, enquire and adventure in a secure and controlled environment.

Known for its development and wellbeing benefits, Forest School provides students with a secure autonomous space where they are able to learn at their own pace with the guidance of teachers. Children are able to work on their social skills such as communication and team work, and are encouraged to work together to problem-solve issues in the external environment and share success.

Forest School also helps children become resilient through activities that require multiple attempts to master.

International Perspective

International Perspective

In order to make the most of the diversity of background and experience of our students, the PYP synthesises the best from educational systems around the world. The PYP aims to develop international sensitivity through key questions derived from the concepts and through the content of the written curriculum.

Lower school girl
My child has grown so much. Thank you for allowing her to find her voice and build her confidence.
ACS Egham Early Childhood & Lower School Parent

Download a Curriculum Guide

Click on the link to view and download the ACS Egham IB Primary Years Programme Curriculum Guide.