Curriculum

Primary Years Program

Overview

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At Waikerie Lutheran Primary School the teaching and learning program is based on the unique blending and strengthening of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP), Lutheran Schools Association of South Australia and ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority), the required curriculum for South Australian Schools.

The IB PYP is an integrated, transdisciplinary curriculum where students develop understandings, knowledge and skills through inquiry. Students are provided with an exciting, challenging and engaging program of learning. The Units of Inquiry are developed around a central idea, whilst the inquiry is structured around a set of key questions using active child-centred guided inquiry. Each inquiry aims to develop the whole child, academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually, to become internationally minded and global citizens.

The PYP offers a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning. It provides a complete curriculum model which incorporates guidelines on what students should learn, as well as guidelines on teaching and assessment strategies. This model is represented through the three interrelated questions shown in this diagram:

For more information about the PYP Program of the International Bacculaureate visit www.ibo.org  or download a copy of the information flyer below.

PYP Learner Profiles

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The PYP Learner Profile is central to student learning. The attributes of the Learner Profile are appropriate and achievable for all students, no matter their age, ability or culture. The PYP Learner Profile allows students to develop as:

Inquirers: Children’s natural curiosity is nurtured. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning, and their love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Thinkers: Children exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.

Communicators: Children receive and express ideas and information confidently and creatively.  We listen carefully to the ideas of others and collaborate effectively.

Risk-takers: Children approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.

Knowledgeable: Children develop and use conceptual understanding to acquire a critical mass of significant knowledge through the exploration of themes which have global relevence and importance.

Principled: Children have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice, taking responsibility for their own actions and the consequences.

Caring: Children show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a commitment to action and service, making a positive difference to the lives of others.

Open-minded: Children respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.

Balanced: Children understand the importance of intellectual, physical and mental balance and personal well being.

Reflective: Children give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and personal development, analysing their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.