Primary Years Program (PYP) Immanuel Gawler & Zion Preschool 2018

Primary Years Program (PYP)

Learning at Immanuel Gawler takes place within the form of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP). 

The IB Learner Profile identifies that students completing IB programs strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

You can read more about the Learner Profile in the flyer attached below.

The Primary Years Program develops these qualities in students by outlining:

  • What students will learn;
  • How they will learn best; and
  • How we will know what they have learned.

Much of the learning that takes place within the PYP is inquiry-based learning. This approach to learning harnesses the spirit of investigation, creating an interesting, engaging and meaningful curriculum that uses children’s questions as a starting point for effective learning. As students move through the process of inquiry, they can draw on several ways of investigating and expressing their growing understandings.  Inquiry-based learning views children as constructors of their own knowledge, rather than recipients of someone else’s.  Students’ inquiries help them develop subject-specific skills and understandings, but also develop an understanding of broader, transdisciplinary concepts.  

These concepts are: 

  • Form:  What is it like?
  • Function: How does it work?
  • Causation: Why is it like it is? 
  • Change: How is it changing? 
  • Connection: How is it connected to other things? 
  • Perspective: What are the points of view? 
  •  Responsibility: What is our responsibility? 
  • Reflection: How do we know?

By understanding these concepts, students will have a greater understanding of the world, their place within it and the impact of global changes on our role in the world.

At Immanuel Gawler, we aim to develop inquiring and knowledgeable young people with a commitment to lifelong learning.   We achieve this through our use of the IB Primary Years Program, a challenging international curriculum that takes into account:

  • Intercultural understandings and respect
  •  Tolerance of other view points
  • The need for a more peaceful and sustainable world.

Supporting all of these programs is our Christian faith and the values this develops in students.

PYP Program of Inquiry

Our curriculum is organised according to our Program of Inquiry (POI), which is set out in the attached document.  

This document outlines the key units of inquiry that students will investigate throughout the year.  Our units of inquiry cover a range of curriculum areas which are integrated as appropriate to keep learning relevant.


The following is a PowerPoint presentation with accompanying voice recording providing information for parents about the Primary Years Program (PYP) at Immanuel

You can download it via this online Powerpoint LINK

or via opening the Powerpoint Presentation document below.  

We hope you find the information useful.  

PYP Exhibition

PYP Exhibition

Each year the senior students at Immanuel Gawler take part in the PYP Exhibition.  This event is the culmination of a student’s time at Immanuel and in the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the IB. 

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