Primary Years Programme

5 – 11 years

What is the Primary Years Programme?

The PYP nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning through a student-centered approach to education.

About the programme

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. At MISV we offer the PYP for students aged 5-11. The programme focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

Mälardalen International School (MISV) is in the process of becoming a candidate school within the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to deliver the Primary Years Programme since 2021. IB schools share a common philosophy and a commitment to a high quality education.

The six subject areas identified within the IB Primary Years Programme:

  • Language
  • Social studies
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Swedish
  • Personal, social and physical education

You can learn more about how we implement the Primary Years Programme at MISV through our policies:

Admissions Policy

Language Policy

Assessment Policy

Academic Integrity Policy

Inclusion Policy

Mälardalen International School is a Candidate School* for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Middle Years Programme (MYP). This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Mälardalen International School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

Age range:
5 – 11 years
Programme brochure:

International Baccalaureate (IB) framework

Primary Years Programme

PYP Programme Model

The PYP curriculum framework emphasizes the central principle of agency that is threaded throughout the three pillars of the curriculum: the learner, learning and teaching, and the learning community.

PYP learning is based on authentic inquiry-based learning and teaching that is engaging, significant, challenging and relevant.
The PYP introduces us to educational principles and practices that will position learners as agents of their own learning at the center.