The Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the International School of Düsseldorf share the belief that every child has the potential to learn, as individuals and as part of a learning community. The PYP covers eight years of a child’s school life, from 4 to 11 years of age. In order to help each child reach their full potential, we make thoughtful use of our resources: we use time, people, places, spaces, materials and technology in new and flexible ways in order to inspire our students and improve their learning.
At its heart, learning in the PYP is inquiry-based. We invite children to build on their innate curiosities, interests and talents. While exploring mathematics, language arts, physical education, art, music, and outdoor learning, students ask questions, investigate solutions, gather information, discuss their findings and experiences, create new knowledge and reflect on their newfound understanding. We call this conceptual learning: Children add new thinking to their existing knowledge and experience, explore connections throughout the programme, and apply new understandings in creative ways. This also means that students may have different learning goals and strategies for achieving these goals, based on their individual needs. The beauty of the PYP is that it is designed to meet the various needs, interests and abilities of different children.
The idea of the whole child is central to everything we do here at ISD. We believe in nurturing the intellectual, social and emotional health and well-being of our students. We also believe that learning is a social process. Working together allows all members of our learning community to benefit from our diverse international character: We are better together.