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Primary School

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed for 3 – 12 year olds.  The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child encompassing academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural development.

PYP Essential Elements

In the PYP a balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes and taking responsible action.  To this end the five essential elements of the written curriculum are:

  • Knowledge
  • Concepts
  • Skills
  • Attitudes
  • Action

Primary School Curriculum Structure

The Primary Curriculum is divided into 6 Key Learning Areas:

  • Language
  - English
- Vietnamese / Chinese
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal, Social and Physical Education
  • The Arts
  - Drama
- Music
- Visual Arts

At times within the year, aspects of these Key Learning Areas will stand alone and at other times they will be incorporated within the Programme of Inquiry.

Programme of Inquiry (Dowload PDF format)

A key feature of the PYP is the Programme of Inquiry which consists of 6 Transdisciplinary Themes that are considered essential in the context of a programme of international education.

The 6 Transdisciplinary Themes are:

  • 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

All children from ages 3 – Year 5 engage in the Programme of Inquiry.  It challenges children to think conceptually and to investigate relevant and interesting ideas.  The themes listed above are transdisciplinary in nature and are our method of delivering Social Studies, Science and Technology, and aspects of our Personal, Social and Physical Education key learning areas.

Primary Curriculum Guide

AIS offers a choice of two world-class campuses for their children’s Primary schooling: Thao Dien Campus and Thu Thiem Campus, both in District 2.

Xi Campus
190 Nguyen Van Huong Street
Thao Dien Ward | District 2 | HCMC | Vietnam
t: +84 8 3519 2727 | f: +84 8 3744 6961

Thao Dien Campus
(Kindergarten & Primary School)
APSC Compound
36 Thao Dien Road | District 2 | HCMC | Vietnam
t: +84 8 3744 6960 | f: +84 8 3744 6961

Thu Thiem Campus
(Kindergarten, Primary, Middle & Senior School)
264 Mai Chi Tho (East-West Highway)
An Phu Ward | District 2 | HCMC | Vietnam
t: +84 8 3742 4040 | f: +84 8 3740 7361


AIS is a member of Academic Colleges Group