Elementary School

CHIST elementary students build their foundations of learning with a blended curriculum of Japanese and global education. Seeking knowledge and acquiring skills through questioning, reflecting on their learning, and discovering the diverse connections in transdisciplinary study are important pillars of a CHIST education. We are a Candidate School for the PYP curriculum. 

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an inquiry-based, student-centered educational framework which focuses on the development of the whole child. The PYP is inclusive of all students from Early Years - Grade 5 and aims to develop internationally-minded students. 


The Primary Years Program enables students:


to explore relevant and significant concepts, learn necessary skills, foster appropriate action and acquire a wide body of knowledge
to use their own experiences and passions as a basis for learning
to engage in a variety of multi-sensory learning experiences
to use a range of resources and technologies to find, document and analyze information
to use critical-thinking skills to identify, evaluate and examine topics of global significance
to communicate what they have learned through a variety of disciplines
Collaborative learning provides students with opportunities to develop essential 21st century skills
to develop ownership and independence in their learning and set personal learning goals
to connect learning to authentic tasks to put theories and concepts into action

to foster awareness and respect for the culture and traditions of Japan and the global community


The Primary Years Program includes:


a process-led, inquiry based curriculum

a child-centered program that is holistic and integrates learning from a variety of disciplines
provides a proven framework to develop students’ abilities in literacy and maths focusing on the development of superior communication skills and mathematical competence
examines science theories and concepts as a means of exploring how the interconnectedness of society and interactions with the environment
frames Social Studies as a way of examining and understanding how human beings live and interact with each other and the earth
personal, social and physical education to consider the well-being of ourselves and others and opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom (field trips) and from others outside the school (guest speakers)
Specialist subject areas in; Physical Education, Art, Music and Japanese Language
The Primary Years Program culminates in an exhibition



Chiyoda International School Tokyo is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years  Programme / Middle Years Programme / and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. 

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.** 

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. 

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

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