IB Program of Inquiry
Forrest Primary School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school, offering the Primary years Programme (PYP). The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations. The IB offers high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Informed by the values described in the Learner Profile, an IB education:
- Focuses on learners - the IB’s student-centred programmes promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge
- Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning – IB programmes help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success
- Works within global contexts - IB programmes increase understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally significant ideas and issues
- Explores significant content - IB programmes offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected. IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success. The PYP Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (PYP) is a curriculum framework that identifies what is worth knowing for students. The PYP brings together five essential elements of learning- knowledge, skills, attitudes, concepts and action- to develop our students into internationally minded, compassionate and sophisticated thinkers who can make a difference in the world. PYP schools use the inquiry method of teaching, developing curiosity and autonomy in students, empowering them to explore real life problems, ask questions and develop the skills to find solutions.
The five essential elements are:
Knowledge: What we want our students to know.
We want our students to be knowledgeable. We set rigorous goals as to what our student need to know, assess them against our goals and report on their progress to parents. We cover outcomes that are provided to us by the Australian National Curriculum, and we also provide knowledge above and beyond Australian standards by facilitating inquiry in which students research topics in depth.
Concepts: What we want our students to understand
When students inquire into complex topics, teachers help them develop concepts such as ‘Connection’ and ‘Perspective’. This ensures they understand the topic deeply. They can then apply these concepts to other areas of learning to see the connections or perspectives elsewhere. Other important concepts include, but are not limited to form, function, change, causation, responsibility and reflection.
Skills: What we want our students to be able to do
Skills are developed through every lesson and can be applied to new material. Examples include social skills, thinking skills, self management skills, communication skills and research skills. Skills arm students to tackle a range of problems and give them the ability to be life long, independent learners.
Attitudes: What we want our students to feel, value and demonstrate
Attitudes are habits of mind that allow students to become internationally minded. The attitudes can be reflected on and assessed by teachers or self assessed to show personal growth. The attitudes, such as appreciation, cooperation, empathy and integrity, are taught explicitly throughout the curriculum and deeply affect the learning environment.
Action: How we want our students to act
We believe that education extends beyond the intellectual to include not only attitudes but thoughtful and appropriate action. We give all our learners the opportunity and power to take action to create a better world.