Primary Years Programme


Raha International School offers a balanced and academically challenging education, which is designed to develop individuals who are both independent learners and international citizens. Our curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is an international framework which focuses on the development of the whole child addressing social, physical, emotional, cultural and academic needs for learners. RIS offers the PYP for students aged 4 onwards.

The International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed to build upon the natural curiosity of the child. Intended for children ages 3 to 12, the programme focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Students participate in four to six 'Units of Inquiry' per year.


To ensure that children acquire a broad base of knowledge, the Units of Inquiry are developed under six 'organising themes':
• Who We Are
• Where We Are in Place and Time
• How the World Works
• How We Organise Ourselves
• How We Express Ourselves
• Sharing the Planet

The six subject areas of Language, Social Studies, Personal, Social and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science and Technology and the Arts are woven into the Units of Inquiry to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to learning. In the last year of the PYP, students participate in the PYP Exhibition, showcasing their development through their engagement with the PYP.

The IB Primary Years Programme
• addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
• encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
• supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
• helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

The PYP is the first of the IB programmes of education. It gives students an excellent foundation for the IB’s other programmes, the MYP, DP and IBCP.

To find out more about the PYP, please either visit or come and meet our PYP Co-ordinator at RIS.


PYP in the Early Years
In our dynamic and nurturing Early Years programme, children are given opportunities to construct and expand their knowledge and understanding through shared experiences in an organised, safe and stimulating environment. Our children learn through discovery and student-led inquiry with specialist teachers complementing the Early Years’ philosophy of learning through play and discovery.