PYP at ARIS

Primary Years Programme at ARIS

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12 (Nursery to Year 6). The PYP curriculum has an international perspective where the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds is welcomed and celebrated. Al-Rayan International School strives towards developing an internationally minded person who demonstrates the attributes of the Learner Profile, which represent the qualities of a lifelong learner. Concept-based inquiry is the leading pedagogical approach of the enhanced PYP and is the basis for all learning and teaching in the programme.

Inquiry is an authentic way for students to explore and understand the world, nurturing their curiosity as they move from current to new and deeper understandings, and embark on a lifelong learning journey. Through inquiry, the students are encouraged to question, wonder, doubt, speculate and generalise as part of their learning journey to construct meaning about the world around them. Students can explore significant local and global issues and are encouraged to consider situations critically from multiple viewpoints.


Early Years (from ages 3-6)
Young learners are intelligent, resourceful and creative individuals who grow, develop, and learn at different rates. Early learning in the PYP is a holistic learning experience that integrates socio-emotional, physical, and cognitive development. The power of play is the primary vehicle for inquiry, supporting thoughtful and intentional opportunities for child-initiated play, hands-on learning, and the coconstruction of learning between teachers and young learners. Through play, exploration, and relationships with peers, teachers, family, and community members, students will learn to inquire as they build and test theories to help make sense of the world around them.

ARIS encourages them to make connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world.

The Primary School encourages students to:

  • Develop a robust set of problem-solving strategies;
  • Think critically
  • Develop knowledge and skills to apply to new situations or tasks;
  • Continue to question throughout their lives;
  • Develop international-mindedness;
  • Take action as a result of the learning process.

Students will:

  • Learn through inquiry;
  • Build on prior knowledge;
  • Work individually, with a partner and in groups;
  • Be curious, be inquisitive, ask questions, explore and interact with the environment physically, socially and intellectually;
  • Be supported in their journey to become independent, autonomous learners;


ARIS is committed to:

  • Providing learning environments that are stimulating and provocative;
  • Effective ongoing professional development to ensure its teachers are lifelong learners and informed of the most recent effective practice;
  • Supporting students and their families.