Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Overview


At Glenroy West Primary School we believe that the most effective teaching and learning occurs when

  • A positive relationship exists through knowing and valuing each child
  • Students feel valued and secure in the learning environment
  • Programs are designed to be significant, challenging and relevant
  • Delivered through a concept based guided inquiry approach


Glenroy West is a candidate school for the implementation of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) across all areas of learning and teaching practice. In the PYP the importance of traditional subjects is acknowledged - Mathematics, Language, the Arts and Personal Social and Physical education are specified as components of the PYP curriculum model.


There is a clear connection between the school’s mission and that of the IB.


IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that people, with their differences can also be right.

Curriculum provision at Glenroy West ensures a comprehensive differentiated curriculum incorporating physical, personal and social learning, discipline based learning and interdisciplinary skills.

The PYP is a transdisciplinary program of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child. At the centre of the PYP philosophy is a commitment to purposeful structured inquiry. The inquiry often transcends traditional subjects and though this process students develop an understanding of concepts, skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action.


A key feature of the PYP is the Learner Profile. This is expressed in a series of desired attributes and traits that characterise students with an international perspective. They promote academic rigour, intellectual wellbeing and international mindedness.


Program of Inquiry

At the centre of the PYP Philosophy is a commitment to structured inquiry as the leading vehicle for learning. Inquiry is the process initiated by the students or the teacher that moves the students from their current understanding to a deeper level of understanding.


At Glenroy West Primary School, our curriculum is organised under six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are selected by the IBO and represent the knowledge and understandings students will develop throughout their primary years.


They are:

  • How the world works
  • Where we are in place and time
  • Who we are
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet
  • How we express ourselves


Each year, students engage in Units of Inquiry designed to further develop their understanding of these themes.


The Programme of Inquiry is the driving force behind teaching and learning at Glenroy West Primary School. Teachers plan to develop literacy and numeracy skills as well as approaches to learning as part of these units. Our programme of inquiry draws on the Victorian Curriculum F-10 as well as the essential elements of the Primary Years Programme.


Supporting your child's learning:

For some useful tips on how you can support your child's learning, please browse through the following documents:

201 Literacy & Maths tips booklet

Year 3 - 6 Literacy tips

Year 3 - 6 Maths tips


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