At the International School Hilversum, the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) welcomes students from age 4 to 11. Our aim is that, in today’s fast-changing world, we help to develop each one of our students as an academically skilled and reflective individual with an appreciation for diversity. We offer a supportive and secure environment where every student can reach their full potential. We also give the whole school community the opportunity to embrace challenges and contribute positively to an ever-changing world.

The emphasis of the PYP is on student-centred, inquiry-based and transdisciplinary learning, building upon conceptual understanding. We provide opportunities for students to build upon prior knowledge and use real-world and relevant examples to introduce new concepts. Our students learn through:

  • A variety of learning approaches that help to encourage critical and creative thinkers;
  • The opportunity to learn alongside students from the local community and from all over the world, helping to encourage respectful, all-embracing world citizens;
  • A range of learning environments including many opportunities for learning outside the classroom as well as in, and through all forms of communication technology to inspire life-long learners;
  • New and unique learning situations that encourage students to be confident, responsible and thoughtful risk-takers.

The beauty of the PYP at ISHilversum is our size. Everyone learns, works, plays and socialises under one roof and so everyone knows everyone. They share some whole-school activities such as the primary school play. Our primary students grow up alongside our teenagers and peer learning is something we value whenever the opportunity allows.​

The primary has a small, active group of parents who together form the primary PTA. Apart from helping the teachers organising events, they also organise events for the students such as culutural celebrations, a book club and the annual 'avondvierdaagse'.