Sai Sishya International School

Pre Primary

Academics : Pre-Primary

Our kindergarten program is run by Sai Sishya International School – IB World School for PYP.

Please refer the program page to understand more about PYP for Kindergarten.

The Primary Years Program

The Primary Years Program for Parents:
What will my child learn during a Unit of Inquiry (UOI)?

A UOI is designed around 5 essential elements. Students in kindergarten explore 4 UOIs yearly and primary students explore all 6 UOIs. Refer to your child’s grade level written curriculum document for more details on learning outcomes.

What are these 5 elements?


The PYP recognizes that it is inappropriate to dictate what every child should know in an international community. The PYP has identified themes, or areas of knowledge, which are used to organize the 6 Units of Inquiry, taught from early childhood through grade 6. The UOIs provide the framework (as opposed to a textbook curriculum) for a wide variety of resources to be explored in order to accomplish the objectives within each UOI. Where appropriate, aspects of literacy, numeracy, science, social studies, fine arts, and PSPE are interwoven within a UOI to present the student with a transdisciplinary learning opportunity perspective.

Who We Are

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where We Are in Place and Time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How We Express Ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic..

How the World Works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How We Organize Ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the Planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.


There are 8 key concepts that structure the UOIs. These concepts promote learning and understanding and support inquiry. The 8 key concepts are transdisciplinary in nature, so students have multiple opportunities to understand the concepts in different contexts and connect their learning through improved critical thinking and knowledge transfer.


Here are 5 sets of transdisciplinary skills that students develop through authentic learning experiences of structured inquiry. These skills found the basis for a student’s approach to learning (ATL) as each set of skills can be applied across various disciplines over the course of a lifetime.

Thinking skills

Social skills

Communication skills

Self-management skills

Research skills


PYP includes 12 attitudes that are essential values which contribute to the well-being of the individual and the group. The focus on individual attitudes, in addition to knowledge, skills, and concepts, help to form an internationally minded person.


Action is an extension of learning beyond the intellectual into thoughtful and appropriate action based on previous learning. Action can extend the student learning or it may have wider social impacts. Action looks different in different age groups. For example, 3 year old students may confidently tell parents that they can feed themselves; students in upper primary may try to initiate a more comprehensive waste reduction program in the home or wider community based on their understanding of local ordinances and materials.

What does action look like?

1. It is a voluntary demonstration of a student’s empowerment within the context of the learning program.
2. It is also inaction in some instances. Complex issues do not always have simple answers, inaction is also a choice based on the student’s evaluation of the situation.
3. It is the student’s right to have the opportunity to take action as an individual or in a group.
4. It is a powerful part of student learning.
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