Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Preschool through Grade 5

PYP Coordinator:  Trudi Buscemi

The Primary Years Programme at Carrollwood Day School focuses on the idea that students’ learning is based on experiences and prior knowledge.  Therefore, structured inquiry is the most common method used in the classroom.  Teachers structure learning experiences that ignite curiosity and have students search for knowledge and understandings. Students learn from local, national, and international examples and resources.

PYP Curriculum Framework 

The Essential Elements of the Primary Years Programme include creating a balance between knowledge (significant understandings), concepts, skills, attitudes and action

PYP Curriculum Framework

Transdisciplinary Themes 

The curriculum at each grade level is centered around six transdisciplinary themes:

  • 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. 

Class subjects are not taught individually instead a connection is made throughout the disciplines when studying a given unit.  Throughout the day, students reflect and assess themselves on their ability to show good character through exhibiting the IB Learner Profile .

The PYP Exhibition

The PYP Exhibition is a culminating event that students at all PYP schools in the world participate in during their final year in the Primary Years Programme. This comprehensive inquiry project is a great foundation for our 5th grade students as they advance to the IB Middle Years Programme in middle school next year.

The Exhibition is an opportunity for students, during their last year in elementary school, to apply their learning from the elementary years and to reflect on their journey through the Primary Years Programme. It is a long-term, student-driven inquiry project that engages learners in "identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real life issues or problems." Students have to apply research, organizational and higher-level thinking skills as they locate and analyze information and data to help them answer their "lines of inquiry." It is also important for the students to identify a form of positive action they can take as a result of the knowledge they have gained during the Exhibition process. Finally, students share what they have learned with our school community.