Primary School

Opportunities, challenges and support

The Primary School program at IGS provides rich and challenging learning opportunities in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Student Learning in the Primary Years

Our primary program provides opportunity, challenge and support to learners from Kindergarten to Year 6. Meeting individual learning needs has a positive effect on self-esteem and development. Ours is a learning community in the broadest sense, supported by educators, parents and caregivers.

Our vibrant range of learning activities provides rigour and promotes acceptance of difference.

Students develop an understanding of themselves and their worlds through various forms of expression including Languages, Visual Arts, and Drama.

Kindergarten students spend 40 minutes a day immersed in their second language, while those in Years 1 to 6 spend 80 minutes a day immersed in their second language.

In addition to Language and Music, students experience the following Key Learning Areas (KLAs): 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)
  • Science and Technology
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

Learning opportunities occur both in the classroom and externally through our extensive co-curricular activities.

Flexible, integrated, inquiry-based research tasks engage students in subject areas which excite their imaginations and deepen their expertise in chosen areas.

At IGS, the Physical Education program emphasises participation for all, with involvement in competition for upper primary students.

Our holistic approach aims to cater for the ‘total child’ – academically, socially and physically. While Primary School classes are not streamed at IGS, we offer a range of enrichment, extension and acceleration programs.

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 a clear and comprehensive manner.

Parents of children in Kindergarten to Year 6 are able to meet formally with the Home Class teacher of their child in Term 1 to discuss early progress. This is followed up with parent and teacher interviews in Term 2 with Languages teachers. Of course, parents may schedule additional meetings with teachers as needed.

Formal written reports following Commonwealth Guidelines are issued at the end of each semester for children in Year 1 to Year 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.