The primary program at IGS provides rich and challenging learning opportunities in a supportive, nurturing environment.
Student learning in the primary years
Our primary program provides opportunity, challenge and support to foster student growth from Kindergarten to Year 6. The primary curriculum allows individual learning needs to be met, with the understanding that success has a positive effect on self-esteem and development. The program also provides a learning community in the broadest sense with teachers, parents and friends directly involved in the learning process.
The ethos of the school is embodied in a vibrant range of learning activities which provide rigour and promote acceptance of difference.
Students develop an understanding of themselves and their world through various forms of expression including Languages, Visual Arts, and Drama. Primary children in Years 1 to 6 spend 80 minutes a day in immersion in their second language (40 minutes in Kindergarten).
Self-directed and negotiated learning experiences are provided in the Key Learning Areas (KLAs):
- Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)
- Science and Technology
- Creative Arts
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
Learning opportunties occur both in the classroom and externally through our extensive co-curricular activities.
Students in the primary years also study integrated units of work through inquiry based research tasks. Projects are generic and flexible enough to engage students in their own topic choices.
Involvement in physical activity plays an important role in child development and the Physical Education program emphasises participation for all, while providing involvement in competition for upper primary students.
Our holistic approach to education ensures that the ‘total child’ is catered for academically, socially and physically. Primary school classes are not streamed at IGS.
Assessment and reporting
At IGS, assessment and reporting are seen as essential components in good teaching and learning. Teachers use a range of strategies to assess learning and create a profile for each student. Students are involved in the evaluative process, including self-assessment when appropriate. Teachers provide information to parents about assessment outcomes in ’plain English’.
Parents of children in Kindergarten to Year 6 are able to meet formally with the Home Class teacher in Term 1 to discuss early progress, followed up with parent and teacher interviews in Term 2 with Languages teachers. Of course, parents may schedule meetings with teachers as needed.
Formal written reports following Commonwealth Guidelines are issued at the end of each semester for children in Years 1 to 6. These reports describe student achievement in each course or area of study, using grades A to E (or equivalent). Grades are related to clearly-defined standards.
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing takes place annually in Years 3 and 5. See the latest results »