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 laptops, 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, and many of these learning experiences take place in our purpose built Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) space.
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 and Enrichment team also works alonside classroom teachers and with small groups and individuals as the need arises.
This may include using the MiniLit or MultiLit programs focusing on the skills such as phonological awareness, reading comprehension, decoding and recoding. Mathematics support sessions designed to strengthen core concept understanding and develop confidence are also a key part of the program.
Enrichment sessions link closely to the classroom program and span a range of subject areas. Individual challenges, small group problem solving and mathematics extension groups are just some of the opportunities available.
Inquiry-led transdisciplinary framework - the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Walford is one of a select group of schools throughout the world, and the first girls' school in Australia, to offer all three programs of the International Baccalaureate: the Primary Years Program, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Program. All students undertake the Primary and Middle Years Programme as their basic curriculum and in Years 11 and 12 can choose between the IB Diploma and the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
• is for students between the ages of 3 and 12
• is designed to foster development of the whole child, not just in the classroom
• encompasses social, physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs, as well as academic welfare
• combines the best research and practice in education to create a relevant and engaging educational framework for all students
• promotes the construction of knowledge and the importance of skills
• promotes inquiry
• strikes a balance between the traditional disciplines and the transdisciplinary Programme of Inquiry
• promotes international-mindedness
• encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand differences
• requires valid and varied assessment