Stonehill PYP Curriculum

We are an internationally-minded community of spirited learners, dedicated to the development of knowledgeable, caring, confident and responsible global citizens.

The Primary Years Programme

The PYP is a programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child. It provides a curriculum framework for primary schools around the globe. The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme are the six transdisciplinary themes. The illustration of the IB PYP Curriculum model below encapsulates student learning at Stonehill.

The Six Transdisciplinary Themes

These themes provide the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to step beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Units of Inquiry are developed around these transdisciplinary themes. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.

Since these ideas relate to the world beyond the school, students see their relevance and connect with them in an engaging and challenging way. Students who learn in this way begin to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as learners and become actively involved with their education.

To ensure continuity and academic rigour at Stonehill, we have developed key learning outcomes for each year level set in continuums that reflect the different ways that children develop. These Subject-Specific Curriculum Documents are available by clicking on the tabs above.

We aim to create a learning environment where young students understand the interconnectedness of big ideas while grasping the essential elements (concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action) that will form the foundation for future learning. These things are planned within each unit of inquiry.


The School’s vision focuses on the approach to learning shared by the whole learning community.

'We are an internationally-minded community of spirited learners, dedicated to the development of knowledgeable, caring, confident & responsible global citizens'

Aligned to our school’s vision for learning is the IB Learner Profile. These attributes are the driving force behind each and every classroom interaction.

The aim is to develop internationally minded people who recognise their place in the world and their need to make it a better place.

At Stonehill we encourage students to become:

Inquirers - their natural curiosity has been nurtured and they actively enjoy learning

Thinkers - they exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to solving complex problems

Communicators - they receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language

Risk-takers - they approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence to explore new ideas

Knowledgeable - they have explored themes that have global significance and have acquired a critical mass of knowledge

Principled - they have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning and have acquired integrity, honesty and a sense of justice

Caring - they show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others, and have a sense of personal commitment to helping others

Open-minded - they respect the values of other individuals and cultures and seek to consider a range of points of view

Balanced - they understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being

Reflective - they give thoughtful consideration to their own learning by constructively analysing their personal strengths and weaknesses.

Throughout the year we will host a range of parent workshops to provide you with additional information about teaching and learning at Stonehill. You can also visit the IB website for further information about the PYP and read key facts about the programme.