Primary Years (K-6)
The Primary Years Program (PYP) is a progressive, child-centred education framework for Kindergarten to Year 6 that develops the whole child in preparation for a lifelong learning adventure. It is recognised worldwide as one of the most advanced international programmes for primary schools.
We believe the PYP is the best possible education framework for our primary students – it teaches through an inquiry-based learning approach, that addresses our student’s academic, social and emotional wellbeing, promotes global mindedness and has a focus on students making a difference and taking action.
Some of the unique features of the PYP is that it:
- develops students’ academic, social and emotional well-being – emphasising the development of the whole person
- develops international-mindedness and strong personal values
- nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their own learning – students learn to love learning
- is student-centered and inquiry-based, with a focus on building strong numeracy and literacy skills
- is engaging, relevant and allows students to make connections across learning areas
- gives students the opportunity for involvement in responsible action and social service
The PYP is structured around six subject areas:
- Languages (English and LOTE)
- Social Studies
- Personal, Social & Physical Education
Students ‘step up’ beyond the confines of subject areas by incorporating local and global issues planned around six transdisciplinary themes – transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas.
At ISWA, our experienced IB Coordinator uses the PYP’s six transdisciplinary themes and the Australian Curriculum to construct a rigorous and challenging program called the ‘Programme of Inquiry (POI)’.
The transdisciplinary themes help our teachers to develop a programme of inquiry. Our teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a substantial and high level of involvement on the pat of students.