An independent co-ed IB school (JK to Grade 12) in North Vancouver, Canada

Primary Years Programme

Brockton's Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 curriculum is taught within the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization's Primary Years Programme (PYP). We aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds, and encompassing social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academic development. Through inquiry, students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop positive attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action. 

The programme encompasses the latest research in teaching and learning, enabling teachers to use learning strategies appropriate for the needs of individual students. During the primary years, students build knowledge and understanding through inquiries into six trans-disciplinary themes of global significance, supported and balanced by all subject areas. We encourage students to become active, socially responsible, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Curriculum Framework

The curriculum framework is made up of three pillars of school life:

  • The learner: describes the outcomes for individual students and the outcomes they seek for themselves (what is learning?)
  • Learning and teaching: articulates the distinctive features of learning and teaching (how best to support learners?)
  • The learning community: emphasizes the importance of the social outcomes of learning and the role that IB communities play in achieving these outcomes (who facilitates learning and teaching?)

Brockton PYP students receive instruction in all core subjects (Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies). In addition, students receive specialized French, Art, Music, Physical and Health Education, and Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies instruction.


The study of French as a second language begins in Junior Kindergarten and is taught by a specialist teacher of French. Our French teachers are well accustomed to having "beginners" in the French class at any level and varied prior experiences of students in language is expected. 

Fine and Performing Arts

All PYP students study art and music. Art is taught by a specialist teacher. in Grades 1-5 and Music is taught by our Music specialist teacher in all grades, starting in Junior Kindergarten.

With art, in particular, teachers work in collaboration to identify and integrate relevant curriculum themes. The primary music program, taught by a specialist in early childhood music, integrates rhythm and dance with the vocal aspect of the programme.

Physical Education

All PYP students take physical education within the school timetable. The curriculum is age appropriate and extends the motor skills and ball handling of the students as well as providing skill development and game experience in a variety of sports typically offered to young people in Canada. In addition, Brockton offers a range of age-appropriate athletic activities in the extracurricular programme at lunch and after school.

Co-curricular Programmes

PYP students enjoy Brockton's many co-curricular activities! Click here for more information.

Programme of Inquiry

The PYP Programme of Inquiry can be found here


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