Teaching and Learning
Our curriculum in Reception follows the Australian National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework.
The PYP is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond. Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the programme places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.
The PYP develops students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.
The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works’.
Each morning as part of their learning about the unit of inquiry, Reception students participate in Investigation Time. Through purposeful learning time that supports curriculum connections, students can practice their social skills such as turn taking, negotiating and team work in group work. This assists our youngest students to smoothly transition from home to school.
Play is important to healthy brain development. Play during Investigation Time enables children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.
It is through play that children engage, experience hands-on learning and interact in the world around them. As children play, they develop new competencies, which increase their confidence and resilience to face future challenges.