In our Primary School we teach the IB Primary Years Programme.
ISWA’s Primary School Curriculum is based on the 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.
At ISWA we also teach the Australian Curriculum throughout Primary School.
Learning Tasks in the Primary School
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. There is no homework expectation in Kindergarten.
Assessment in the Primary School
Formal diagnostic assessments are carried out at the beginning of every school year. This information helps our teachers differentiate their teaching and learning activities to suit the various levels of ability and experience of all students in the classroom.
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 to identify areas that need improvement and reflection.
Students in the Primary School have the opportunity to join a variety of co-curricular activities.
School camps are a wonderful way for students to develop and hone their social, independence, leadership, and teamwork skills. They expose children to a range of new experiences, which facilitates learning, responsibility, and personal growth in a number of forms.
At ISWA, Primary School students in Year 3 attend a 2 day, 1 night camp. Students in Years 4 and 6 attend a 3 day, 2 night camp. Camps are held in a range of Western Australian locations throughout the year.