ISWA's Primary School Curriculum is based on the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). It is learner-centred and inquiry-based, with a strong focus on building strong numeracy and literacy skills. The IB PYP promotes independent, lifelong learning.
Each year level from Pre-Primary to Year 6 carries out six units of inquiry per academic year. Kindergarten cover five. Each unit of inquiry is based around a transdisciplinary theme and has a central idea.
Weekly learning objectives are uploaded onto SEQTA Engage for parents to view at the beginning of every week.
Homework is set on a weekly basis. It is given out on Monday and is expected to be completed and returned by Friday of that same week. It will typically include spelling, maths tables, consolidation of prior learning and longer projects.
Students are strongly encouraged to follow the the ISWA Learner Profile (adopted from the International Baccalaureate) that encourages them to be learners, thinkers, inquirers, caring, communicators, principled, reflective, open minded, knowledgeable and balanced.
Formal assessments are carried out at the beginning of every school year. Additional assessments are ongoing and take many forms, including rubrics, observations and individual student self-assessments. Formal reports are issued at the end of each semester. Parent Teacher Conferences occur at the end of Term 1 and Term 3.
Every student has a portfolio that contains a collection of student work from throughout the year. This portfolio is designed to demonstrate successes, growth and creativity, as well as areas needing improvement and reflection.
Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education, French, Spanish and Library are supported by specialist teachers.
The Primary School also has a Learning Support Teacher and an English as a Second Language Teacher.
Students in the Primary School have the opportunity to join a variety of co-curricular activities.
Students in Year 3 attend a 2 day, 1 night camp. Students in Years 4, and 6 attend a 3 day, 2 night camp to develop valuable skills in leadership, team building and responsiblity. Camps are held throughout the year. This Year the Year 3 camp will be held at Landsdale Farm School. This year the Year 4 camp will be held at Boshack Outback. The Year 5 camp will be held at Dare Outdoor Adventure Camp. The Year 6 camp will be held at Point Peron Camp School.