Ask­ing all the right ques­tions

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AT The Friends’ School, the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Pri­mary Years Pro­gramme, along­side the Aus­tralian cur­ricu­lum, pro­vides an ed­u­ca­tional foun­da­tion for stu­dents from Kinder­garten to Year 6 that en­cour­ages them to ex­plore, cre­ate, ques­tion and think in­de­pen­dently.

The frame­work for learn­ing at Friends’ Pri­mary Years is pre­sented as the Pro­gram of In­quiry.

The pro­gram is trans­dis­ci­plinary in na­ture and com­prises five es­sen­tial el­e­ments: knowl­edge, conceptual un­der­stand­ings, skills, at­ti­tudes and ac­tion.

These five el­e­ments are de­vel­oped through six themes: who we are; where we are in place and time; how we ex­press our­selves; how the world works; how we or­gan­ise our­selves; and shar­ing the planet.

These themes sup­port the in­ter­na­tional di­men­sion of the The Friends’ School, the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Pri­mary Years Pro­gramme through their global sig­nif­i­cance and ac­ces­si­bil­ity to all chil­dren from all cul­tures and places.

Each of the themes is re­vis­ited yearly, pro­mot­ing depth of learn­ing. This al­lows for ed­u­ca­tors to en­sure con­tent is rel­e­vant, cur­rent to year lev­els, and in­cor­po­rates the Aus­tralian cur­ricu­lum.

The Year 6 Ex­hi­bi­tion at the end of Term Three is an ex­am­ple of how stu­dent agency, and the agency of the com­mu­nity, is com­bined with a trans­dis­ci­plinary cur­ricu­lum.

The in­di­vid­ual groups, each con­sist­ing of two or three stu­dents, have six weeks to choose, re­search and take ac­tion on a rel­e­vant topic that is im­por­tant to them, with the re­cent over­ar­ch­ing theme be­ing “Ac­tion Makes A Dif­fer­ence’’.

At the Ex­hi­bi­tion, stu­dents share their pro­ject knowl­edge and learn­ing with the school and the wider com­mu­nity.

The re­sult is the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tion­ally minded stu­dents who can make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in their own lives and the lives of oth­ers.

The Friends’ School is a prekinder­garten to Year 12 co­ed­u­ca­tional res­i­den­tial and day school, where the Quaker val­ues it was founded on still ap­ply to­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the en­rol­ments of­fice at en­rol.of­[email protected] or phone 6210 2286.

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