The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5. The focus is on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in and outside of the classroom.

Students have the opportunity to explore themes, which embrace a child’s curiousity and allow each child to investigate these topics in a variety of meaningful ways. Students ask questions that are relevant and interesting to them and through this process, students are able to learn independently and think critically.

We want our students to enjoy learning, be curious about themselves and the world around them and begin making connections between their classroom experiences and real life.

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  • Transdisciplinary Themes

    • How we organize ourselves
    • Who we are
    • Where we are in a place and time
    • How we express ourselves
    • How the world works
    • Sharing the Planet
  • Subject Focuses

    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies 
    • Science
    • Arts
    • Physical Health Education 
  • Exhibition

    During the final year of the (PYP), Grade 5 students participate in a PYP Exhibition. The exhibition is a culminating, collaborative experience that is a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves the students identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.


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  • Strong Community

    Our PYP students know each other within the classroom, across the grade, within the Junior School and the Senior School. Each grade has two classes and these students and teachers work very closely together.
  • Daily Physical Fitness

    All our students enjoy regular physical exercise through Physical Education classes and House events in one of our gyms or at nearby Connaught Park.
  • Diverse Co-Curricular Classes

    Starting in Grade 1, students have access to an extensive range creative, active and service based activities from choir to basketball to student leadership and so much more. These opportunities are diverse, inclusive, collaborative and fun.
  • Integrated Technology

    Technology is a tool for learning and through iPads, Chromebooks and our Bring Your Own iPad programme for students in Grades 3-5. Our students are connected, engaged and exposed to the latest in programs, coding and educational apps. From our Grade 5s creating documentaries for their exhibition to our Grade 1s recreating and translating their own version of popular stories into French, technology is being used at every level, every day.
  • Inside-Outside Connection

    Each grade experiences specific field trips, outdoor education experiences, language learning opportunities, service initiatives and classroom activities that directly connect to their classroom learning and interests.

Junior Kindergarten

Our Junior Kindergarten programme is a half day experience of exploration and discovery for students aged 4-5. Students are introduced to the IB Primary Years Programme through their exposure to four units of inquiry. We offer a balance between concept and play-based learning that allows students to be introduced to a school setting in a safe and nurturing environment.

  • Morning (8:30 - 11:00 am) and Afternoon (12:30 - 3:00 pm) option
  • Small class size: 14 students in each class
  • Two trained teachers providing a 7:1 student-teacher ratio
  • Music and Physical Education Specialists
  • Introduction to French and Mandarin Language learning


Kindergarten at St. John's School is a full day programme for students aged 5-6. Students explore six units of inquiry designed to stimulate their interests and curiosity. Our kindergarten students enjoy going on many adventures outside of the classroom - including field trips, swimming, gymnastics, and skating. The students also participate in school-wide events such as the Terry Fox Run and Jump Rope for Heart.

  • Integrated into Junior School but have separate supervised recess and lunch times
  • Small class size: 14-15 students in each class
  • Specialists in Music, PE, Languages and Support
  • French and Mandarin languages taught
  • Interesting and relevant curriculum field trips
  • Introduction to Co-Curricular classes: chess and sewing