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.

At Aoba we emphasize on developing the characteristics stated in our Core Values :

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

Aoba has adopted the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) as the curriculum framework to target the development of our Core Values.

The PYP caters to learners aged 3 to 12 and 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.

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.


Early Years (K2 to K5) *K2- Meguro Campus only

Learners in the early years learn through play to develop social, thinking, communication, physical and self management skills. Learners explore conceptual understandings through various transdisciplinary themes of global significance. We currently have a year-round approach to our Units of Inquiry to better align with Aoba’s Early Years Philosophy, which focuses on play and the children’s interests as a driver for their inquiries.

Meguro Campus caters for K2 to K5 (1.6 to 6 years old) 

→ More information regarding Meguro Campus

→ Meguro Early Years (K3-K5) Programme of Inquiry.

Hikarigaoka Campus early years caters from K3 to K5 (3 to 6 years old). The early years programme is structured as a multi-age learning environment. 

→ More information regarding Hikarigaoka’s Multi-age Programme.

Hikarigaoka Early Years (K3-K5) Programme of Inquiry


Grade 1-6

Learners explore conceptual understandings through the six trans-disciplinary themes of global significance.

We strive for our UOIs (Unit of Inquiry) to be engaging, meaningful, challenging and significant.

Who We Are—The learners explore 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.

Where We Are in Place and Time—The learners explore 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.

How We Express Ourselves—The learners explore 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.

How the World Works—The learners explore 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.

How We Organize Ourselves—The learners explore 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.

Sharing the Planet—The learners explore 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.

Aoba Programme of Inquiry

Primary Years (Grade 1-6)


Links: PYP @Aoba in Action

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We are accepting applications for 2021–2022