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Primary School

The Primary School includes students between 2 ½ to 11 years in Grades Pre-Nursery to 5.

DPS International, Gurgaon is an authorised IB World School for the Primary Years Programme.

Keeping in mind a view of the future world helps us decide what kind of learning the children will need and knowing what kinds of learning they need guides us to what learning should look like in the classroom. We offer the IB Primary Years Programme( PYP) in the primary school. This curriculum framework includes subjects like languages, social studies, mathematics, science and technology, arts, and personal, social and physical education which provide students with a broad and developmentally appropriate academic experience that emphasises the inter-relatedness between subjects. The curriculum promotes an international perspective which recognises and welcomes the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds.

Classroom teaching and learning practices stimulate curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning, equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas. We use an inquiry-based approach where our teaching methods build upon individual understanding, knowledge and interests, emphasising how to learn and how to delve deeper, while developing critical thinking skills. A variety of teaching and learning strategies which includes real life experiences are adopted to engage our students in purposeful, engaging and active learning. We provide our students with access to technology in the classroom through a vast array of devices and online resources.

The core curriculum is taught by the class teacher while Hindi, Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education, Library by specialist teachers. Information Communication Technology is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum.
We also aim to develop appropriate attitudes, including appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance.
The students are encouraged to apply all that they have learned by taking action, not only in the school community, but also in the wider world. Effective action is voluntary and involves the students in exercising their own initiatives and taking on responsibilities.
A variety of assessment strategies are used to gather information about what students know, how they are developing and finally, what they have learned. Students are given opportunities to share their learning and understanding with others in the form of student led conferences.

5 Essential Elements

The PYP framework incorporates five essential elements: Concepts, Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Action.

Concepts: "What do we want students to understand?"

Eight broad concepts act as the powerful ideas to drive the Units of Inquiry.

  • FORM | What is it like?
  • FUNCTION | How does it work?
  • CAUSATION | Why is it like it is?
  • CHANGE | How is it changing?
  • CONNECTION | How is it connected to other things?
  • PERSPECTIVE | What are the points of view?
  • RESPONSIBILITY | What are our responsibilities?
  • REFLECTION | How do we know?
Knowledge: "What do we want the students to know about?"

At each grade level, students explore knowledge which is of genuine importance in understanding the human condition and has significance for all students of all cultures. The topics studied are engaging and challenging, and have the potential to actively involve students in their own learning.

  • Who We Are
  • Where We Are in Time & Place
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • How the World Works
  • How We Organise Ourselves
  • How We Share the Planet
Skills: "What do we want students to be able to do?"

There are five sets of skills which are the focus across the disciplines in the PYP:

  • Thinking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Self-Management Skills
Attitudes: "What do we want students to value?"

The Primary Years Programme encourages a set of attitudes in students including:

  • Tolerance
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Enthusiasm
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Co-operation
  • Confidence
  • Commitment
  • Appreciation
Action: "How do we want students to act?"

Enabling students to take action is an important aspect of the PYP, DPS International, School students are taught to reflect, choose and act responsibly at CIS, with their friends and in the community. (IBO, 2007)

International Mindedness

At DPSI, we utilize the diversity in our student body to enhance the learning of the entire school, and we recognize and celebrate many different cultures. In doing so, we strive to develop students who are internationally-minded citizens with an understanding of their responsibility to the world. This is also a contributing factor in helping us achieve our vision which encapsulates developing compassionate and global citizens and fostering in them respect and care towards others. Students from China, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, the USA, Kyrgyzstan and Israel are now part of our student body.