Primary Years Programme (PYP)

DON BOSCO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL is an International Baccalaureate authorised school for primary years programme (PYP) of IB. Our school is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme (DP) of the IB and our school philosophy is aligned with that of the IBO.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

**Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Curriculum – PYP

DBIS follows the International Baccalaureate Organizations PYP (Primary Years Programme from grades Jr. Kg to 5 and the Cambridge (CIE) curriculum from grades 6 to 10. We will follow the IB Diploma Programme for grades 11 and 12 for which the school has obtained candidacy.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP)

PYP acknowledges the importance of the traditional disciplines of particular subject domains: language; mathematics; social studies; arts; science and technology; personal, social and physical education. The knowledge and skills that constitute the essence of each of these subject domains are documented in detailed frameworks scope and sequences, which set out the overall expectations for each subject within each age range. The PYP places central importance on English and Mathematics. Other subject areas are often addressed through the units of inquiry.

The PYP is an inquiry-based programme, which encourages students to learn about the world through a process of discovery, open-ended tasks, research and problem solving learning experiences.

Additional information regarding our school policies can be obtained by clicking on the links below.


 Subjects Offered:

 Academics: Co-curricular Activities:
 English Visual Arts
 Hindi (Sr. KG onwards) Physical education
 Mathematics Music
 Inquiry Dance
 Information in Communication and technology Skating
Speech and Drama

Grades 1 to 5

Academics:  Co-curricular Activities:
English Visual Arts
Hindi Physical education
Spanish (Grade 2 onwards) Music
Mathematics Dance
Inquiry Skating
Information in Communication and technology Speech and Drama
Novel Study


Program of Inquiry 2019 -2020

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
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human. An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global Perspectives. An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic. An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment. An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Jr kg Sensory awareness
Central Idea We use our senses to explore, gather and communicate information
Central IdeaCelebrations are expressions of culture, traditions and beliefs
Central IdeaDifferent modes of transport help us to travel.
Animal Kingdom
Central Idea Animals have unique characteristics that help them to interact with the environment
Lines of Inquiry
•We use our senses to learn
•Exploring our world through senses
•Taking care of our senses
Key Concepts
Connection, Function, Responsibility
Related Concepts
Biology, Health
Lines of Inquiry
•Elements of culture
•Reasons for celebration
•Earth-friendly ways of celebrating
Key Concepts
Perspective, Responsibility
Related Concepts
 Diversity, Tradition, Family
Lines of Inquiry
•Modes and means of transport
•Need for transportation system
•Change in transport overtime
Key Concepts
Function, Causation,
Related concepts
Transportation, Employment
Lines of Inquiry
•Characteristics of animals
•Animal interaction with the environment
•Our responsibility towards animals
Key concepts
Form, Connection,
Related Concepts
Classification, Adaptation, Interdependence
Sr.Kg Family
Central Idea –  Families are unique and function to meet the needs of its members
Central Idea –
Human need for shelter depends on where they are in the world
Signs and Symbols
Central Idea –  Images communicate ideas and information
Central Idea –  Patterns help us discover the world
Central Idea –
Plants are a life-sustaining resource for us and for other living things
Lines of Inquiry
•Responsibilities of family members
•Interdependence of family members
•Families around the world
Key Concepts
Function, Form, Connection
Related Concepts
Relationships, Family, Diversity
Lines of Inquiry
•Human need for shelter
•Different types of shelter
•The environment, needs and resources determine the types of shelter
Key Concepts
Form, Function,  Connection
Related Concepts
Interdependence, Regions
Lines of Inquiry
• Use of images in different media
•The design elements of images that help to communicate a message
•Interpreting and responding to images
Key Concepts
Function, Perspective 
Related Concepts
Communication, truth
Lines of Inquiry
•Patterns in the natural world
•Using Patterns to make prediction
•Changes that affect pattern
Key Concepts
Function, Causation
Related Concepts
Seasons, System
Lines of Inquiry
•The structure of a plant
• Uses of plants 
• Care of plant life
Key Concepts
Form, Change, Responsibility
Related Concepts
Structure, Resources, Growth
Gr 1 Nutrition- My body
Central Idea –  The choices we make affect our health and well-being.
Then and now
Central Idea – Inventions and discoveries of  the past impact the present day society
Central Idea –  Stories express ideas and connect people.
Life Cycles
Central Idea –
All living things go through a process of change.
Central Idea –  Communities rely on people doing different kinds of work.
Waste Management
Central Idea –
Our personal choices affect the environment. 

Lines of Inquiry
• Structure and functions of body systems
• Requirements to maintain a healthy body
• The effects of different components of nutrition on our body
Key concepts
Function, Connection, Responsibility
Related concepts
Balance, Well being
Lines of Inquiry

  • Evolution of man 
  • Human actions that have created change over time 
  •  Impact of change overtime

Key concept 
Related concept
evolution, innovation/discovery, progress

Lines of Inquiry
•Genres of stories
•How stories are expressed in different cultures 
•Creating and responding to stories
Key concepts
Related concepts
Imagination, Expressions, Communication
Lines of Inquiry
• Characteristics of living things 
• Life cycle of living things
•Factors that affect the developmental stages of living things
Key concepts
Change, Function, Causation
Related concepts
Transformation, Impact, Growth
Lines of Inquiry
• What makes a community 
• Different roles people have in a community
•Interdependence of various occupations within a community
Key concepts
Form, Responsibility,
Related concepts
Roles, Interdependence, Identity
Lines of Inquiry
• Generation of waste
• Impact of waste on environment 
• Measures to restore environment
Key concepts
Causation, Reflection, Responsibility
Related concepts
Conservation, Pollution, Impact
Gr 2 Play
Central Idea –   People learn about themselves and others through play.
Central Idea – The Earth’s physical geography impacts human settlements and interactions.
Central Idea – People express their creativity in different forms.
Simple Machines

Central Idea –
Simple machines operate in different ways to ensure tasks are performed efficiently and effectively.

Community Systems
Central Idea –   
A community is impacted by the involvement of its members. .
and Habitat
Central Idea –   
People establish practices in order to sustain and maintain earth’s resources
Lines of inquiry
•How we learn through play
•The way play builds relationships
•Culture influencing play
Key Concepts
Connection, Perspective, Reflection
Related Concepts
Fair play, Self regulation, 
Lines of Inquiry
•Types of physical environment
•Different features that give a place its identity
•Ways of adapting to different places and situations
Key Concepts
Form, Causation, Change
Related Concepts
Adaptation, Lifestyle, Location, Diversity
Lines of Inquiry
• What creativity is
•The different ways people express themselves
• Expressing uniqueness through creativity
Key Concepts
Form, perspective
Related Concepts
Imagination, Interpretation, Artifacts
Lines of inquiry
•Features of a simple machine
•The ways in which simple machines are used
•The impact simple machines have had on society.
Key Concept: Form, Function
Related Concepts
Mechanics, Efficiency
Lines of inquiry
• Needs of a community (Consumers) 
• The production cycle 
•  Distribution of goods and services
Key Concepts
Form, Function, Connection
Related concepts
Production,  Distribution, Consumption,
Lines of inquiry
•Earth’s resources and habitats
•Human actions and their effects on resources
•Actions to restore the environment
Key Concepts
Causation, Reflection
Related Concepts
Conservation,  Sustainability
Gr 3 Body Systems and diseases
Central Idea –  The effective interactions between human body systems contribute to health and survival
Central Idea – Explorations lead to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings
Performing Arts
Central Idea – Performing arts allow people to entertain and educate audiences
Buildings and structures   
Central Idea –   The design of building and structures depend upon environmental factors, human ingenuity and available material and resources.
Central Idea – The systems in our lives impact the organisation of self and community.
Disaster Management 
Central Idea – Local and global communities share responsibilities to reduce the impact on the people affected by natural disasters
Lines of Inquiry
•Body systems and how they work
•Interconnectedness of body systems
• Impact of malfunction of a system
Key Concepts
Function, Connection, Responsibility
Related Concepts: Biology, Interdependence
Lines of Inquiry
•Reasons for exploration (historical / personal) 
•How exploration has taken place over time 
•The consequences of exploration- Feelings and attitudes associated with exploration
Key Concepts Causation, Form
Related Concepts: Impact, Exploration
Lines of Inquiry
•Different types of performing arts
•Purpose of a performance

  • Interpretation of an 

 art form  
• Cultures using varied performing arts
Key Concepts
Form, Perspective, Connection
Related Concepts: Techniques, Performance, Interpretation

Lines of Inquiry-
•Different building materials and their properties
•The structure of buildings and bridges 
•The materials and shapes used in making stable, weight bearing structures
Key Concepts: Form, Function, Change
Related Concepts: Structure, properties, uses of materials
Lines of Inquiry
•Common features of systems in our lives
•Different systems of organizations in our lives
•Ways in which people can cooperate to make a system more efficient 
Key Concepts
Connection, Function, Responsibility
Related Concepts: Organization, Networks
Lines of Inquiry
•The causes and impact of natural disasters 
•The response systems that are needed when a natural disaster occurs
•Our personal responsibility and our role as citizens in response to disasters
Key Concepts Causation, Connection, Responsibility
Related Concepts: Earth and space, forces, energy
Gr 4 Role Models
Central Idea –  People are inspired by the beliefs and values of individuals and societies.
Central Idea –   Evidences of past civilization affect present day society.
Central Idea –   Poetry is a form of self-expression.
Central Idea – Energy may be converted, transformed and used to support human progress.
Central Idea –    Media plays an increasing role in influencing our ideas and beliefs.
Central Idea –   Biodiversity relies on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms within systems.
Lines of Inquiry
•Why we value role models
•Development of our interests and talents
•Effect of values and beliefs on an individual / community
Key concepts
Related Concepts
Identity, Roles, Prejudice 
Lines of Inquiry
•Characteristics of civilizations and societies
•Validating the information and evidence of civilizations
•Connection of past, present and future implication
Key concepts
Form, Connection, Change
Related Concepts
Chronology, history, civilization
Lines of Inquiry
•Forms of poetry 
•Interpretation of poems 
•Expression of poems
Key concepts
Form, Reflection, 
Related Concepts
Structure, Interpretation 
Lines of Inquiry
•Different forms of energy sources 
•How energy is used 
•Sustainable energy practices
Key concepts
Function, Change,
Related Concepts
Forms of energy, Magnetism, Transformation of energy
Lines of Inquiry
• Types and purpose of media systems
• How media influences the choices we make
• Ethical use of media systems
Key concepts
Function, Perspective Responsibility
Related Concepts
Features / Networks, Technology, Ethics
Lines of Inquiry
• Interdependence within and between ecosystems,biomes and environment
• Consequences of human interaction with the environment 
• Actions to promote conservation of all species
Key concepts
Related Concepts
Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Habitat
Gr 5 Changes  
Central Idea – 
Changes people experience at different stages of their lives affect their evolving sense of self.
Central Idea-
Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.
Exhibition Light and Sound
Central Idea- 
Light and sound help people experience their world..
Government Systems    
Central Idea-
Government systems influence the lives of citizens.
Central Idea –
Finding peaceful solutions to conflict leads to a better quality of human life.
Lines of Inquiry:
•Different kinds of changes humans undergo
•Factors influencing change
•Dealing with change
Change, Function, Responsibility
Related Concepts:
Body systems, Growth, Behaviour
.Lines of Inquiry:
•The reasons why people migrate
•Effects of migration on communities
•Migration throughout history
Form, Causation, Perspective
Related Concepts:
Migration, Impact
Lines of Inquiry:
•Behaviour of light and sound
•How light and sound interact with the physical world
•Manipulating light and sound for a purpose
Form, Change, Connection
Related Concepts:
Light, Sound Manipulation, 
Lines of Inquiry:
•Different forms of government systems
•Functions of government
•Impact of government on citizens
•The rights and responsibilities of citizens
Form, Function, responsibility
Related Concepts:
Governments, Freedom, Cooperation
Lines of Inquiry:
•Personal conflicts
•Conflicts around the world
•Conflict resolution and management
Causation, Perspective, Responsibility
Related Concepts:
Conflict, Diversity, Prejudice



PYP Timetable