Primary Years (K-6)
At ISWA, our Primary School students are encouraged to develop independence and take responsibility for their own learning, through a child-centred and inquiry-based approach to education.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning at ISWA’s Primary School is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). It is learner-centred and inquiry-based, with a strong focus on building exceptional numeracy and literacy skills while promoting independence and a lifelong love of learning.
The IB PYP is a framework to deliver the Australian Curriculum. The IB PYP is recognised worldwide as one of the most advanced international programmes for primary students, helping to foster global citizens.
Our students utilise a range of transferrable skills, develop core knowledge of the curriculum, and explore conceptual understandings. This rigorous approach to learning enables students to make connections across learning areas of Languages (English and LOTE), Social Studies, Mathematics, Arts, Science as well as Personal, Social & Physical Education.
By exploring local, national and international topics within the classroom, students develop global understanding, strong values and a responsibility to be socially aware.
Class size and support
ISWA’s Primary School is proud to operate with a maximum of one or two classes per year group with an average of 15 students per class. Each classroom in Kindergarten and Pre-Primary has a full-time teacher and a full-time assistant. From Years 1 to 6, each class utilises the expertise of one teacher dedicated to that age group. We believe in smaller classes for a more nurturing environment for our students learning.
Our Inclusive Education teacher works across the Primary School classes to support student learning in a range of levels. Our comprehensive and diverse education also includes specialist learning in Languages, Art, Drama, Music and Physical Education.