Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Primary Years Programme

Primary Years Programme - Grade 1 - 5 (PYP)


Welcome to GEMS International School, Al Khail. We are proud to have achieved International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) authorization in January 2016, due to the dedication of our hard-working faculty and their commitment to providing the best possible inquiry based program for our students.

To be a successful International Baccalaureate school, student independence and learning through inquiry within real world experiences, underpin every decision we make.  Student choice and interests are prioritized, and the curriculum is adapted accordingly to cater for the diverse needs of our student body, thereby creating a sense of community where all can contribute and thrive.


The Primary Years Program philosophy, centers around the Learner Profile, where character traits are extensively explored so that students can become more open minded and globally conscious.  Our International Baccalaureate curriculum is divided into three components: the written, taught and assessed curriculum. Each have been thoughtfully and collaboratively developed to effectively extend students as they explore the six Units of Inquiry.  The Units of Inquiry, “Who we are, Where we are in place and time, How the world works, Sharing the planet, How we express ourselves and How we organize ourselves”, are common to all IB PYP schools around the world. Different aspects of each unit are explored every year, so that students build upon their understanding in a cyclical manner.   

The International Baccalaureate curriculum is taught conceptually, so that students develop knowledge and understanding which can be applied to real world situations and within varying subject areas and contexts. We believe that our school’s vision and mission, connected to our International Baccalaureate principles, allow our children to develop holistically to become problem solvers and citizens of the world, recognizing and celebrating their uniqueness, yet understanding their role within our community.