Primary Years (PY): Foundation - Year 5

Our Primary Years students learn through a focus on six major units of inquiry that take place during the school year. A unit of inquiry will contain a big idea or key question that the children will focus on. The teacher will start the unit with an activity we call a “provocation”. This activity will capture the children’s imaginations and prompt them to ask numerous questions. These questions will give their unit of inquiry direction. They will help to construct the unit and they will be taking ownership of their learning. The teacher will be there with them, guiding them and helping them along the way to develop the skills they need and that have been planned for that unit.

The class teacher and their teaching assistant are not the only people guiding the learning process. During their units of inquiry the children will also work with teachers who have special skills. They will work with a specialist teacher who will help them learn how to express themselves through visual art. Another teacher will help them learn to express themselves through the performing arts, drama and music. They will also work with a teacher of physical education and another in swimming. We have language teachers to help the children develop their skills in either the Mandarin or Khmer language. Our large team of teachers will ensure that the children receive expert support as they continue on their learning journey, a journey of excitement and discovery.

The Australian Curriculum is the document that helps us set our benchmarks and standards. It ensures that the programme we teach is up to the standard expected in Australian schools. It helps us determine “what” we teach. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) gives us clear direction about “how” we teach, through a process of inquiry. It also helps set benchmarks and standards that are internationally recognised. We like the way that the Australian Curriculum and the PYP work so well together. Both take a holistic approach so that the children’s social, emotional and physical needs are met.

Children learn best if they are happy and if they are emotionally secure. The modern world puts many demands on children and this can be challenging for them. To help our children negotiate these challenges we are a Positive Education school. Positive Education is a school wide approach that brings character development and well-being skills into academic learning in the classroom. It helps prepare the children for life, building character traits like resilience, mindfulness and growth mindset. Positive Education is a very important part of our holistic approach to education.
The PYP curriculum framework begins with the premise that students are agents of their own learning and partners in the learning process. It prioritizes people and their relationships to build a strong learning community.PYP students use their initiative to take responsibility and ownership of their learning. By learning through inquiry and reflecting on their own learning, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and the attributes of the IB Learner profile to make a difference in their own lives, their communities, and beyond.The framework emphasises the central principle of agency, which underpins the three pillars of school life: