The Codrington School - The International School of Barbados

Primary years curriculum philosophy

The school’s curriculum is developed within the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB), which identifies a learning continuum beginning with the Primary Years Programme (PYP) (ages 3-11), moving into the Middle Years Programme (MYP) (ages 11-16) and finishing with the Diploma Programme (DP) (ages 16-18). The Codrington School is authorized by the IB to offer the PYP and the DP. It is also currently implementing the MYP.

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. In order to achieve this, IB programmes provide a holistic education which places great importance on the development of concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes, issuing in authentic action. 

The PYP, MYP and DP all require the inclusion of international-mindedness in the curriculum (including an emphasis on modern foreign languages), age-appropriate moderated criterion-referenced assessments, transdisciplinary initiatives within the curriculum, an “action component” where all students take action in their communities as a result of their learning, and a culminating product at the end of each programme.


At The Codrington School, the curriculum framework is international in outlook and provides for the development of the whole child, not just in the classroom but also through other media of learning, encompassing social, emotional, physical and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare. The programme combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a significant, relevant, engaging and challenging educational framework for children.

The values and mission of the IB, as they directly affect the child, are expressed in a series of desired attributes and traits that characterize students with an international perspective. These attributes constitute the learner profile, and the entire school community is encouraged to contribute to creating an ethos of international-mindedness by embracing and performing these characteristics.

The learner profile is at the heart of our programmes. According to this profile, all internationally minded learners should be:

Students work with the learner profile from the first day of school. The attributes are discussed, illustrated and modelled on a regular basis - they are an integral part of our programme and our environment. Similarly, students are assessed on how they display the profile in school, and are encouraged to reflect on their own progress as part of their oral and written reports.

For fuller details about the school's curriculum, please see the PYP Curriculum Handbook and/or contact the PYP Coordinator Ryan Scott or the Head of Primary school, Janet Erickson