Primary Years

The Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Malvern College Hong Kong will adopt the PYP as the main curriculum framework for the primary years to address the educational needs of students joining us from different backgrounds, and allow each student to understand the world in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that learner.

Through an inquiry-based approach and guided by transdisciplinary themes students will acquire knowledge in the six major subject areas of:

Language (English and Chinese)

Social Studies (History and Geography)


Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Drama, and Dance)

Science (using an experimental and integrated approach)

Personal, Social and Physical Education (Character Education and Healthy Living)

The child acquires knowledge, skills and understanding through units of inquiry designed specifically by our teachers to encourage the child to explore ideas and concepts, to research, and to ask questions. Children will work in groups and on their own, allowing them to be in control and pace their learning.

The PYP curriculum is transdisciplinary in nature, meaning that the themes focus on issues that go across subject areas. These themes incorporate local and global issues into the units of inquiry and effectively allow students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas (visit for further details).

In the final year of the PYP, students carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as the PYP Exhibition, where they synthesise all of the essential elements of the PYP and share this with the whole school community.

Throughout the PYP programme our students will be assessed and evaluated against programme criteria and standards using formative and summative means and employing self, peer, and teacher assessment tools.