Primary Years

A transdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach 

The curriculum model is composed of transdisciplinary units where global themes are used to generate inquiry both in and outside of the classroom. The subject areas are integrated providing students with opportunities to make connections throughout their learning.

Learning is an active, constructive, creative, and collaborative process that involves a variety of distinct cognitive strategies. Students develop critical thinking, goals setting and application skills. They are encouraged to be curious, inquisitive and to ask questions. This enables them to view situations from different perspectives and make predictions, inferences and judgment. They build their understanding by sharing and discussing with others, assessing their learning and by taking action in collaboration with the teachers.

Subjects in the Primary School: 

  • Languages:  English & Italian
  • Mathematics:  also taught in Italian from PY3 onwards
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • PSPE – Personal Social Education, Physical Education, Yoga
  • Arts:  Visual Art, Music, Drama
  • Park School
  • Technology is integrated across the curriculum including Robotics and Digital Citizenship

The International Baccalaureate® (IB)

GIS The International School of Monza is a certified IB school* for the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP aims develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.

The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works’.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted

* GIS The International School of Monza is an authorized IB (International Baccalaureate®) World School for the Primary Years Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate® can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

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