International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

The curriculum at TNIS

Takapuna Normal Intermediate School is an International Baccalaureate (IBO) Primary Years Programme (PYP) world school.

The structure of the PYP programme is a curriculum framework that works extremely well with the vision of the New Zealand Curriculum in that we want all our young people to be confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.

So what then, is a PYP school? It is a school that regardless of size, location or constitution strives towards developing an internationally-minded person. What is an internationally-minded person? It is a person who demonstrates the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. These are expressed as a series of desired attributes and dispositions that characterise successful students and life-long learners. Such people are:


They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.


They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.


They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.


They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.


They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

As a school we are happy to share with parents the pedagogy that underpins what we do here at Takapuna Normal Intermediate and the many aspects that make up this inquiry based programme. Further detail can be found by visiting this website ibo.org

Programme of Inquiry

At TNIS teachers have collaborated to create a Programme of Inquiry. Students inquire into, and learn about, globally significant issues in the context of units of inquiry, each of which address a central idea relevant to a particular theme. Lines of inquiry are identified in order to explore the scope of the central idea of each unit. It was important to explore the possible links between the units taught at each year. This ensures a robust programme of inquiry is provided for students, with experiences that are coherent and connected throughout their time at TNIS. Each unit of inquiry should be engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for students.