Lower School Curriculum

At ACS Doha we follow the world-renowned International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) for our Lower School curriculum, for Grades 1 to 5 (ages 6 to 11). The programme allows students to continue on the learning journey they commenced as part of the ACS Early Childhood programme or at a kindergarten elsewhere. Our Lower School programme focuses on enquiry-based learning within a child-centric environment that is open and accessible to all.

IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)

The IBPYP nurtures and develops students aged 3 to 11, creating caring, active individuals committed to a lifelong journey of learning. Through an inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the IBPYP challenges students to think for themselves. We encourage them to explore who we are and how we express ourselves – to discover where we are in space and time, how the world works and how we can all share the planet.

IBPYP Studies are based on six subject areas:

  • Languages
  • Social studies
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Personal / Social / Physical education.

Students also work and play with specialists to explore language, culture, art, music and physical education.

Programme Model

In order to make the most of the diversity of background and experience of our students, the PYP synthesises the best from educational systems around the world.

Our students leave Lower School as confident and respectful individuals, aware of their strengths and abilities, and ready for the challenges of Middle School.

The IBPYP Develops:

  • Sensitivity to the experiences of others through the curriculum
  • The characteristics listed in the student profile
  • The attitudes that are an explicit element of the programme
  • The expectation of socially responsible action as a result of the learning experience
  • Communication and development alongside others.

Language Acquisition

Students in Lower School are offered the choice to study French, Spanish or Arabic.

How do students learn other languages?

  • Exploring them in a fun and interactive way
  • Appreciating the culture of the foreign language
  • Learning simple aspects of it through games, songs and meaningful and communicative activities.

Students start becoming aware of the importance of being part of a diverse and multicultural school.