Teaching and Learning
The IB Primary Years Programme
Wales Street Primary School is an authorized IB World School* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
As part of the implementation of this program, teachers are provided with access to the IB resources and professional development programs. Our journey to become a PYP school culminated in a 'Verification Visit' in October 2015. To find out more about this programme, please read the relevant sections of our school website.
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
AusVELS is the Foundation to Year 10 curriculum that provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and common achievement standards, which schools use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.
AusVELS incorporates the Australian Curriculum F–10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). AusVELS uses an eleven level structure to reflect the design of the new Australian Curriculum whilst retaining Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning.
As a Victorian Government School, we are required to cover the prescribed content in AusVELS. This content forms the basis for planning, teaching and assessment at the school.
The connection between AusVELS and the PYP
The IB Primary Years Programme provides a framework and structure for organising the content prescribed by AusVELS. It also provides a clear philosophical approach for the school and helps to ensure consistency across all areas of the curriculum. With the implementation of the Australian Curriculum, schools face changes in what they have to teach. The Primary Years Programme provides our school with a guaranteed and viable curriculum that we can use to ensure our students are successful 21st Century Learners.