Primary Years Programme Monza

Primary Years Programme Monza

Curiosity, passion and discovery

Year 1 and 2 Enrolments are now open!


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the first of the three academic programmes of the IB continuum.

The PYP lasts eight years, with children starting at the age of three. The first three years correspond to our nursery school, the Early Years Unit -EYU- and the following five years -Year 1 to Year 5 - correspond to the Italian primary school.

H-IS Monza is a candidate IB school for the PYP programme.

A PYP Coordinator will follow the authorisation process and guide the school in creating its curricula, in line with the educational philosophy of the IB.

The Units of Inquiry

The PYP curriculum is based on six interdisciplinary units of inquiry. The six interdisciplinary themes are:

Who we are, Where we are in space and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organise ourselves and How we share the planet.

For each of these six interdisciplinary themes, the relevant teachers, all native speakers/bilingual, build the Units of Inquiry — i.e. the learning paths involving all disciplines — during which students develop communication, research, reflection, social and self-management skills.

The units are distributed throughout the year to provide an opportunity for improved learning. In this way, the students will be able to acquire not only skills, but above all, a method that they can apply throughout their studies.

The key aspect of the Units of Inquiry — as their name suggests — is to stimulate the children’s approach to research and their natural curiosity, using their prior knowledge as a base: asking questions, making them passionate about the topic they are researching, challenging them to nd answers with the resources available.

The six Units


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;


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


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



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.


An inquiry into the interconnection of man-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organisations; social decision making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.



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


Learner Profile

At the heart of all IB programmes is the Student profile: a collection of ten human attributes that each individual naturally possesses and that, if developed, will allow him/her to have an international and global vision of problems and ideas.

The development of “internationally minded” individuals will allow us to live in a better world, made of intercultural exchanges and peace. The citizen of tomorrow has to be able to think and re ect outside of spatial and mental boundaries, to be sympathetic, and to communicate in many languages and ways, to take risks, to take responsibility for their own actions and to help those who need it.

School Life

The PYP years are full of curricular and extracurricular activities, which make this school not just a place to learn, but a wonderful life experience.


Lessons begin at 9.00 am and finish at 4.00pm.

Lunchtime is from 12.00 until 1.00pm.