The Primary Years Programme (PYP), the first phase of the International Baccalaureate continuum, provides the framework for the learning. This means that a significant part of the teaching is through Units of Inquiry incorporating English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Technology. The content is aligned with the Australian Curriculum.
The curriculum provides opportunities for every child to:
- develop a deep understanding of important concepts and conduct research into knowledge, which has local and global significance
- acquire and develop a range of essential skills
- foster positive attitudes towards learning, the environment and other people
- become involved in responsible action and social service
Strong literacy and numeracy skills are developed alongside valuable learning experiences in the Specialist subject areas of Technologies, Music, Art, French and PE. Our Specialist teachers use the purpose built teaching spaces across the whole school to ensure the students have access to state of the art facilities. This includes our Year 2 Strings and Year 5 Band programs, which involve all of the students in those year levels, using the music suites. The PE program takes full advantage of the gymnasium and dance studio, as well as the much loved Parks Oval, located a short walk from the school. Some units of Science are also further explored through the use of our Science labs.
Technology is used to enhance learning experiences and students have access to a computer lab, 3D printing and banks of iPads. All of the classrooms are networked and have the functionality of either an interactive whiteboard or Apple TV. A Specialist Technology teacher is dedicated to the building of skills associated with coding, robotics, design and creation.
A weekly Homework Club has also been established to provide an opportunity for students from Year 4 and Year 5 to be supported by the supervising teacher as they consolidate their understanding.
Students requiring extension or support to fortify core skills are ably catered for through the PYP. This framework has a strong emphasis on thinking skills and open ended tasks within the Units of Inquiry. Our Learning Support team also works alonside classroom teachers and with small groups as the need arises.