Junior School | Ages 3 - 10

Building a love of learning

Our approach to the education of young children recognizes that they are inquirers who explore and are engaged through a variety of appropriate instructional experiences in order to make sense of the world around them and become life-long learners.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 - 12 (EC 1 to Grade 5). The programme provides a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children, focusing on the whole growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional, academic and cultural needs. Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.


Learning is organised around six transdisciplinary themes:


Through an integrated approach to teaching and learning, ISB uses a variety of differentiated teaching methods drawn from a range of exciting learning tasks and strategies applied to all key learning areas. The same teacher (homeroom teacher) teaches Language (English), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Specialist teachers plan and work collaboratively with homeroom teachers to teach: Arts (Music and Visual Arts), additional language (German) and Physical, Social and Personal Education (PSPE).

EC1 - Grade 5 Daily Schedule

EC 1 - 3
Drop-off 07:45 - 08:10
Classroom 08:15
Pick-up 15:00 (EC1 - 2)
  15:10 (EC 3)
Grades 1 - 5
Playground 07:45 - 08:10
Classroom 08:15
Pick-up 15:20

Welcome to Early Childhood

We welcome you to learn more about our Early Childhood programme at International School Basel below.


In Grade 5, as the final year of the PYP, students carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as the PYP exhibition. This involves students working collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or problems. Students collectively synthesise all of the essential elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community.

The exhibition represents a unique and significant opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile developed throughout their engagement with the PYP. It also provides schools and students with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the transition of learners to the next phase of their education.


Junior School- Aesch Campus

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