Primary Years Program

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Oxford’s Primary Years Programme

The Primary Years Programme, commonly referred to as the PYP, has been designed as a framework that provides academic challenge and develops the life skills of our students pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. 

These years are a critical period in the development for our students. Success in school is closely related to personal, social and emotional well-being.  At a time when students are establishing their identity and building their self-esteem, the PYP offers students opportunities to develop their potential, to explore their own learning preferences, to take appropriate risks, and to reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity.

Oxford’s Primary Years Programme Essentials include:

All Oxford curriculums are tied together by global themes that promote awareness of self and the world in ways that develop sound judgment.


  • Who We Are
  • Where We Are In Place and Time
  • How the World Works
  • How We Organize Ourselves
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • Sharing the Planet

You will know that students have changed how they think, and care for themselves, others, and the world by taking action and making a difference in the world.


  • Participation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Lifestyle Choices
  • Advocacy
  • Social Justice

Students are responsible for their learning journey.  They share their thinking, make decisions, and take action on their learning.


  • Voice, Choice, and Ownership


Oxford seeks to connect content through the use of meaningful concepts to help students make connections, form new understandings, and transfer what they’ve learned to new situations. 

Key Concepts:

  • Change, Connection, Causation, Form, Function, Perspective, Responsibility

Oxford believes in giving a foundation of life skills that are used in and outside the classroom.

Approaches to Learning:

  • Self-Management Skills
  • Social skills
  • Thinking skills 
  • Communication skills 
  • Research skills

Oxford educators have continued to focus on how best to meet the needs of our students, who are confronted with a vast and often bewildering array of choices in a complex and rapidly changing world.  As a result, members of the Oxford Community benefit from the communicators, leaders, and risk-takers that develop out of the PYP.  Our ultimate goal is to become world-class citizens that move through life living the through the Learner Profile and becoming lifetime learners.