Academics - Primary Years Programme

Primary Years Programme


Lifelong learning begins with a child’s innate curiosity, questioning, and wondering about the world around them. Authentic learning experiences allow children to construct their own learning while feeling secure to take chances and discover. When children are challenged on a daily basis, they learn how to solve problems, communicate thoughts and feelings effectively, collaborate with others and develop as a whole child. A-JIS`s Primary School provides a challenging and nurturing environment in which children thrive and which sets a sound educational foundation for all subsequent learning.


This is why A-JIS has adopted the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) as the curriculum framework which caters to learners aged 3 – 12 years old. Following the IB’s PYP curriculum, we are proud to provide an international standard education to every child.


PYP learning is designed to encourage curiosity in an integrative way. A balance is sought between the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understandings, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking responsible action.


In the development of our learners, we emphasise the characteristics of:

  • Global leaders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Innovators
  • Effective communicators
  • Wise risk-takers



K3 to Grade 5

Learners explore conceptual understandings through the six transdisciplinary themes of global significance.

The learners are involved in the Units of Inquiries that are engaging, meaningful, challenging and significant.


Who We Are– The learners explore their beliefs and values, human relationships, right and responsibilities and what it means to be a person.

Where We Are in Place and Time– The learners explore their personal histories, history and geography from local and global perspectives, their homes and journeys and how individuals are connected in both local and global contexts.

How We Express Ourselves– The learners explore the ways in which they express their feelings, ideas, beliefs and values through different ways.

How the World Works– The learners explore the physical and material world, the world of science and technology. The children inquire into how these impact on society and on the environment.

How We Organise Ourselves– The learners explore the interconnectedness of systems and communities as well as the impact of the decisions they make in their community.

Sharing the Planet– The learners explore their rights and responsibilities in sharing the resources with other people and with other living things. The learners explore peace and conflict resolution and their responsibilities in this process.


A-JIS Programme of Inquiry

Early Years (K3 – K5) 
Primary Years (Grade 1 – 5) 

Links: PYP @ A-JIS in Action

PYP 3 Way Conferences

PYP 3-Way Conferences: K5 Apple (Meguro Campus)

PYP Parent Workshop

PYP Parent Workshop at Meguro Campus (10/20)

Grade 5 UOI

Grade 5 UOI

PYP Happenings

PYP Happenings: Grade 2 Unit of Inquiry

Understanding Ourselves

Understanding Selves