What is IB PYP (International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Programme)?

The IB Primary Years Programme is an exemplary education programme developed by the International Baccalaureate for students in the age group of 5-12 years. The IB PYP program fosters students with excellent skills, develops them as caring and active participants in the learning journey for a lifetime. Our  teachers guide students through the inquiry based, transdisciplinary learning that enhances their knowledge and builds critical and conceptual thinking capabilities.

IB PYP Programme at Leading International School in Tokyo

As an acclaimed IB PYP Primary school in Tokyo since April 2019, GIIS provides excellent facilities and high-standard programmes that are conducted by expert faculty. Our students are encouraged to take ownership of their education and develop exceptional knowledge and skills across and beyond the subject areas to face the challenges of the real world. IB PYP curriculum promises high-quality learning and teaching methodologies that successfully boosts their learning journey. The IB PYP curriculum is available at our Higashi Kasai Campus in Tokyo

PYP curriculum cover six subjects: language, social studies, mathematics, arts, science, and personal/social/physical education. Students also engage with specialists to explore language and culture, art, music, and physical education through both work and play.

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Why choose IB PYP for Primary School Education?

The IB PYP programme is an excellent curriculum that provides inquiry-based, transdisciplinary learning that enhances the knowledge, conceptual understanding, skills and character traits of students. GIIS, a recognized PYP international school enables students to be an active participant in developing their skills other than just academics. We ensure that the curriculum offered is engaging, relevant and challenging thereby developing the critical thinking and self-confidence of students.

Student-Centred Approach

GIIS, a leading IB PYP school in Singapore focuses on exceptional student-centered programmes that build strong relationships, ethical personality, and confidence to face personal challenges. The well-formulated inquiry-based approach encourages the active participation of students in the learning process under the guidance and surveillance of expert educators.

The IB PYP Curriculum

The IB PYP pedagogy recognises the inherent potential of learners and makes them emissary of their own learning process. Students are given opportunities to create their own contexts based on their prior learning and experiences and the current learning requirements. This kind of transdisciplinary learning helps students to boost their confidence, develop their knowledge, and enhance their communication and collaboration skills.

Learner Profile

GIIS fosters international standards in learning that helps the young learners to grow socially, emotionally and intellectually. The IB Primary Years programme uses an inquiry based learning approach, this programme encourages students to question, inquire and theorize reinforcing their knowledge and skills across, between and beyond the subject areas.

By taking the ownership of their learning, our PYP students respond to new challenges and opportunities with agility and imagination. Our young learners at the end of the year 5 demonstrate their success and achievements through exhibitions and share their learnings and experiences with the wider audience.

Teaching And Learning

Our IB PYP Primary education program is a transformative teaching and learning experience providing a learning environment to students that is credible and transdisciplinary. Our learners take responsibility and ownership of their learning and enhance their knowledge, skills, understanding, and collaboration making an impact in their lives, their communities and  beyond.

The well-structured and proficient transdisciplinary learning system with relevant subject areas make students reflect on the significance of their learning and meaningfulness of their actions. This remarkable learning approach helps them to emerge as efficient and energetic learners and possess the required attributes to engage in lifelong learning.

Our IB PYP program students are guided by expert teachers who effectively help in moulding the knowledge and skills of students in a happy and enthusiastic environment. Through organized and regular assignments and projects, students learn the spirit of collaborating with fellow students and respond to the changes of the rapidly evolving world.

The Learning Community

The powerful commitment of uniting a community of learners on one platform makes GIIS the best IB Primary school. Our high quality learning approach develops the critical and creative thinking capabilities of students. We recognize the students, their families, school staff, adults involved in learners’ lives as an integral part of the learning community. The PYP education enhances the skills and knowledge of students, builds their learning profile and makes them internationally minded individuals

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English Language Support ( ELS)


Program Context

“It takes multiple years for English learners to gain a high enough level of language proficiency to perform on par with their native English‐speaking peers. English learners cannot wait until they are fluent in English to learn grade‐level content. Instead, they must continue to develop their math and reading skills as well as their knowledge of social studies and science, even while learning English.”
Source : educationnorthwest

At GIIS Tokyo campuses English proficiency is of the utmost importance. We recognize our students’ efforts and want to make sure they have the support necessary to become fluent global communicators. With that purpose in mind, in the year 2020 we introduced an English Language Support (ELS) programme at GIIS Tokyo campuses. 

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Program Overview

The mission of our ELS programme is clear, to assist our non-native English speakers as well as those students who may require additional support in order to help them acquire the desired level of English language proficiency.

The ELS programme is an value-added service, i.e. free of cost and available in our Higashi Kasai Campus for Grade 6-8 CLSP students.

GIIS has several different curricula (CBSE, CLSP, IGCSE IBPYP and the IBDP) in its campuses across Tokyo and each of these curricula have  specific frameworks and pedagogical approaches, the ELS model has been tailored to suit each of those curricula.

What you need to know about second  language learning :
1. Children can take up to ten years to become fluent in a second language
2. Children learn second languages like they learn their first -speaking and listening followed by reading and writing
3. While children are diverse and learn in many different ways, there are recognisable steps towards fluency that can be roughly divided into five stages. 
4.Children may work in more than one stage depending on the context, and learning is not necessarily a steady acquisition, but rather a dynamic process of ever-changing needs.
5. The role of translanguaging (using the mother tongue to better understand the second language) is vitally important.
6. Children must be supported in the continued growth of their first language in order to better understand their second.

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Programme Structure

GIIS employs a hybrid push-in/consultant model for PYP ELS.

In this model fifty percent of the PYP teacher’s time  is utilised towards ELS in the classroom. This is a preset time that's evaluated every three months in conjunction with the ELS teacher, the homeroom teachers and the PYP Deputy Head.

The second fifty percent is spent as  consultant style, where the ELS teacher will work with students and classes in a variety of ways via:

1. Scheduled short periods of intensive vocabulary building/targeted needs of individuals and small groups
2. A biddable schedule where teachers can sign up in advance for further sessions with the ELS teacher
3. Scheduled meeting slots with teachers for planning and preparation purposes
4. Assessments, data collection and data analysis using our robust proprietary data analytics systems.

This second fifty percent will be dynamic, responsive to shifts in need and focus, and respectful of children’s socio-emotional welfare.

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Identification of Students

Children are identified as in need of ESL support in a number of ways:

1. Identified during admissions
2. Identified by parents
3. Identified during classes

Identification will include the type of ELS support they will likely need and will be part of an ongoing conversation with homeroom teacher, ELS support teacher and families.

Children will be in the programme for differing lengths of time appropriate to their needs. They can also be identified at any time during the school year. Needs can vary and can include beginning,functional, inferential and metaphorical levels of understanding. A tracking system is used by the homeroom and ESL teacher that identifies  levels of ability. The belief is that  the child will benefit best from being with their peers.


Benefits and Outcome

The inclusion of native english speaking students in traditional classroom settings has many benefits for both native English speaking and other lingual background students, as all students benefit from the inclusion of explicit instruction in the development of academic language.

The ELS’ teacher’s planner system reflects the progress of each student indicating different levers of where the student is currently at and Individualised Learning Plans are identified accordingly alongside PYP homeroom teachers.

The Cambridge ELS system is used for a list of expected outcomes in the growth towards fluency and to maintain consistency across the school. Though we use the Cambridge ELS System it does not form our main ELS framework and content as the Cambridge syllabus is not directly relevant  for PYP.

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Subjects Offered for IB PYP Curriculum

2nd language A choice between Japanese or French
Social Studies
Art and Physical, Social cum Personal Education
Additional subject

Extraordinary Academic Results

GIIS has been acclaimed as the best school for PYP education programme with 100% results. Our prodigious students are among the top scorers in the IB primary years programme across the top primary schools in Tokyo.


2021 SIngapore


World Topper

45 grade points


Near perfect scores

44 grade points


Average grade points


Global Citizen Scholarship

Applicable Curricula’s:
Applicable Grades:
Grade 11-12, IBDP Year 1- Year 2
2 Years
Eligibility Criteria:
93 % and Above or A*

9GEMS Holistic Development Scholarship

Applicable Curricula’s:
Applicable Grades:
1-12, IBDP Year 1- 2
1 Year
Eligibility Criteria:
Talent Based - 9 GEMS

Global Future Ready Merit Scholarship

Applicable Curricula’s:
Applicable Grades:
7 - 12
2 Years
Eligibility Criteria:
90 % Above or A*

Hideki Yukawa Global Skills Scholarship

Applicable Curricula’s:
Applicable Grades:
1 Year
Eligibility Criteria:
Talent Based - Technology

Sadako Ogata Merit cum Means Scholarship

Applicable Curricula’s:
Applicable Grades:
Nursery, Kindergarten 1-2 , Grade 1-12, IBDP Year 1-2
2 Year
Eligibility Criteria:
GROSS FAMILY INCOME : Below 3,000,000 YEN to 12,000,000 YEN

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What's it like to be part of GIIS family

Hisato Yuto
Father of Taiju Yuto

The schools emphasis on fair competition and recognising talent has instilled confidence in my son to excel.

Hisato Yuto
Father of Taiju Yuto

Thank you for understanding our challenges and interacting with us when we needed help in procuring the annual day attire for my son.  Small things like these have had a huge impact towards building a better and stronger Parent-Teacher relationship.

Pritam Pritu
Parent of Aniket Arnav
Mr Rajiv Singh Sawhney
Father of Sarah Sawhney

Methodologies like collaborative learning with peers from around the world will equip my daughter with the right knowledge and skills to excel in future.

I am thankful to you for taking personal interest in development of your students. Thank you for providing my daughter Ira with extra coaching in mathematics to clear her doubts. It's wonderful that you consider each of your student important and want them to do really well!

Shashank Bopalkar
Parent of Ira Bopalkar
Mr Rajiv Singh Sawhney
Father of Sarah Sawhney

Methodologies like collaborative learning with peers from around the world will equip my daughter with the right knowledge and skills to excel in future.

Our journey with GIIS is continuing for 7 years.  GIIS has provided an exceptional educational experience for our children’s.  They are excited to learn, confident in their abilities and well-prepared for the future. The school offers a variety of extracurricular activities that cater to all interests, which has been a wonderful way for kids to explore their passions and develop new skills. Very happy to be part of GIIS family and appreciate the efforts put by teachers for the success of all students.

Arunkumar Subramanian
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Father of Sarah Sawhney

Methodologies like collaborative learning with peers from around the world will equip my daughter with the right knowledge and skills to excel in future.

We are very happy with Brhas's performance at school this year, especially in Olympiads. He is showing special interest in Maths this year.

Rajani P
Parent of Brhas Srihari

Extra-curricular and Co-curricular Activities

The holistic approach towards education and the phenomenal facilities makes GIIS the ultimate choice when it comes to international schools in Japan. We strive towards excellence of students in both academics and non-academic activities. We provide outstanding opportunities in moulding the inherent talent each student possesses and make it mandatory for students to participate in any of the outstanding ECA or CCA activities. Our wide range of remarkable activities include indoor and outdoor sports, skill based education, clubs, jockeying, videography and more, which develop the social, physical and teamspirit abilities of the students.

Table tennis
Board Game (Chess and Carrom Board)
Bollywood Dance
Craft club
Spelling and speeches
Kathak Dance form
Carnatic vocal
Spanish club
Science Club
Math Club
Needle Art
Drawing and Painting

Smart Learning & Virtual School

Technology being at the top of our infrastructure and education system, GIIS offers the superlative NextGen facilities at the campus like digital classrooms, collaborative spaces that facilitates students’ active participation and collaboration. The varied learning capabilities add brilliance to the PYP international school with Smart learning that equip students with innovative tools and technologies. The well-designed virtual school encourages students to hone their digital skills and be prepared for the future of online learning platforms.

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