At the International School of Bergen, we believe that a good start in school is crucial to a child's development; whether children grow to love learning or approach their lives with confidence and openness towards other cultures is in large part the result of their experiences during the early school years.

ISB Lower School encompasses Early Childhood to Grade 5 and is authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate. The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child both within the classroom and within the world. It offers a framework that meets the whole child’s needs: academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural.

More information can be found in our Lower School Comprehensive Guide and Programme of Inquiry.

The PYP curriculum has an international perspective that recognizes and welcomes the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds. As a PYP school, ISB strives to develop internationally minded students who demonstrate the attributes of the IB learner profile.

Structured inquiry is the vehicle for learning, and we use an inquiry-based approach where our teaching methods build upon individual understandings, knowledge and interests. In developing critical thinking skills students inquire into how to learn and how to delve deeper. The Units of Inquiry make up the Programme of Inquiry.

These units are developed under the IB’s Transdisciplinary Themes, making learning for understanding more effective. Each Unit of Inquiry allows the students to explore Key Concepts, including:

  • Form: ‘What is it like?’
  • Function: ‘How does it work?’
  • Reflection: ‘How do we know?’

The PYP also encompasses the development of transdisciplinary skills which transcend the individual subject areas. These include thinking, communication, social, research and self-management skills.

Students are encouraged to apply all that they have learned through practice, 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.

Here’s an interesting article where the PYP is described as IB is perfect for primaries, but it seems to me that this has become one of the world’s best kept educational secrets,

Apply today!
The school is accepting applications for placement in the Early Childhood Centre, Lower School and Upper School throughout the school year.