In the Elementary School, we value each young person in our care as a unique individual, each with particular strengths, passions, ideas, areas of potential and challenges.

Our task is to nurture each child towards achieving their potential in all aspects of their development. Along with a firm foundation in the academics, we strive to equip each child with skills and attitudes that will enable them to thrive in, and contribute to an uncertain, fast-changing world.

ABA Oman International School

is the only INTERNATIONAL IB World Continuum School in Oman

ABA is the first and only international school in Muscat to offer three levels of the International Baccalaureate program - the IB Primary Years  (PYP), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programmes (DP) - the gold standard in University preparation.


Discover the Primary Years Programme (PYP)

IB education, or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), offers an approach to learning that works. This research-driven learning model, designed for students aged 3 to 12.

The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects areas, as well as approaches to learning, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.

The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme are the six transdisplinary themes


An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilisations, from local and global perspectives.


An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.


An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.


An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.


An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

 A transformative programme!

ABA Programme of Inquiry (POI):

The POI uses the six transdisciplinary themes above to create a coherent, vertically and horizontally aligned framework of units of inquiry that students will experience in their learning journey throughout Early Childhood and Elementary. The framework ensures that students have opportunities for deep inquiry into and growing understanding of the globally significant concepts in each theme. 

The POI is an organic document and evolves based on the needs of the learners. It provides an insight into what units of inquiry are planned throughout the year and in which order they will be explored.

View the POI document

The six subject areas of Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Arts, and Physical, Social and Personal Education are weaved into the units of inquiry.

Learn about the IB Primary Years Programme

Two Programmes For Students Ages 3 - 12

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Early Years Programme

For Students in Kindergarten 1 to KINDERGARTEN 3

Elementary School Programme

For Students in GradeS 1 - 5

ABA is top-rate. The interactive classes truly engaged my kids and the teachers' ability to adapt to the various kids in the class was outstanding. Additional support was always on offer for their reading, math problems or feelings. As a parent, the  teachers' materials and instructions were always organized and communicated promptly so it was easy to know what to do each day. My kids woke up each morning eager to start their learning and chat with their classmates.

- Elementary School parent

Elementary School Programme

The subject areas of mathematics, language, science, social studies, arts and personal, social and physical education are organised under transdisciplinary themes. The themes provide ABA with the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

In addition to the subject areas - mathematics, language arts, science and social studies - ABA also offers speciality programs with the following classes:

Information Communication Technology and Digital Citizenship

Information Communication Technology is of great importance at ABA. Our philosophy for the use of technology is that it should be an integral tool for learning. Therefore, we have integrated the use of technology into our programme ensuring the students all use technology for investigating, creating, communicating, collaborating and organizing; as well as working towards becoming responsible digital citizens.


The elementary library is a hub for learning throughout the school day, as well as a haven for students and parents to deepen their relationship with books. As the physical and virtual learning centre of the school, the library offers close to 15,000 resources in audio, image, fiction, non-fiction, electronic and foreign language resources for use by students, teachers and parents.

Arabic Language

The acquisition of an additional language enriches personal development and is one of the keys to promoting international understanding. It is a requirement for all PYP schools to offer an additional language. At ABA, we offer the host country language, Arabic, for all students from Grade 1 onwards. Students benefit from four 40 minute lessons, and are grouped according to their language background and previous experience of Arabic. 


At ABA, PSPE lessons are fun, engaging and active learning experiences. PSPE is taught through an inquiry-based and transdisciplinary approach. Concepts, skills, knowledge, and attitudes are embedded throughout the PSPE curriculum, and students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning through a process of planning and reflection. A focus on physical, social and emotional well being encourages students to participate in an active and healthy lifestyle.


All students from K2 (second semester)-Grade 5 have weekly swimming classes and all students are expected to participate.

From Grade 1, and by assessment, students can opt to join the Vipers Swim Team!

CREATIVE ARTS  (Music, Visual Arts, Dance and Drama)

In the PYP, arts are identified as music, visual art, dance and drama. Homeroom teachers deliver the Visual Art programme and incorporate drama into units of inquiry wherever possible. PE teachers incorporate dance (movement composition) into their programme of inquiry.

What Student Support Does ABA Have? 

What does the school day look like?

Classroom doors open at 7.15am and the day begins at 7.30am, usually with a community time. Children have opportunities to make choices and organise their learning within a framework developed by the teacher. They engage in collaborative group work as well as independent tasks, and frequently confer with their teacher to reflect on their learning and plan next steps. There are two breaks during the school day, during which children can eat snacks and lunch brought from home or purchased from the cafeteria. They also use these breaks to socialise with their friends, explore the outdoors and engage in fun and games.  Each class has an individualised specialist schedule, including music, ICT, Arabic, PE and swimming. The school day ends at 2.10pm. 

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