25 Jun

Through the IB PYP Programme, everyday our students enthusiastically develop skills as researchers, collaborators, thinkers, and communicators.

SPW Year4 famous explorers learning journey

It has been 9 amazing weeks since I walked through the friendly, welcoming gates of St Peter’s Woodlands as the PYP Coordinator and Gifted and Talented teacher.

International Baccalaureate PYP Programme

I am delighted to be part of an International Baccalaureate PYP community which sees the importance of developing our students as a whole, to be internationally minded, life long learners. After all, we are all learners who, everyday, wonder, take risks, respect others and contribute to our local and global community.

PYP Transdisciplinary Themes

As I have been building relationships with students and staff it has been wonderful to see students engaged in a range of exciting learning experiences. Students are provided with a wide variety of opportunities from experienced teachers to inquire into the six transdisciplinary themes of the PYP framework.

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

Through these themes students are challenged to think for themselves and build knowledge and understanding through a conceptual lens. Everyday they enthusiastically develop skills as researchers, collaborators, thinkers, and communicators when working with their peers.

Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys are one exciting way for students to share their learning at the end of a unit and start as early as the ELC. As communicators, students enjoy sharing their learning environments with their families.

SPW ELC learning journey

SPW sharing learning

Lifecycles of Animals and Plants – Year 2

The Year 2 students through the How the world works transdisciplinary theme inquired into how living things are interdependent, focusing on the concepts of change, connection and responsibility. As researchers they observed the cycle of chickens and plants and learnt the importance of and how to be responsible for them.

With their observations they made connections to other living things. As communicators they learnt how to record their observations in a plant journal and as an electronic journal on their ipads. It was exciting to see them passionately share their learning with their friends and family on their learning journey.

SPW Year2 chickens SPW Year2 learning journey

Global Explorers of the Past – Year 4

Our Year 4 researchers brought to life the Where we are in place and time inquiry at their learning journey. During 8 weeks of inquiry into journeys of local and global explorers of the past, they discovered the cause and effect of changes their explorers had made, the risks, challenges and opportunities they encountered.

Their amazing models of their journey displayed their design tech skills they had developed and their journals of their explorers’ perspective highlighted their writing skills.

SPW Year4 learning journey day

“The thing I’m grateful for is the parents coming in to see our work and I’m glad I chose Douglas Mawson. – Flynn, 4WF

“I enjoyed writing my journal. It was great to be able to write from the person’s perspective I inquired about.”  – Charlee B. 4BS

SPW Year4 learning journey day

Students Reflection


“I enjoyed the parents asking me questions and sharing my learning. We did a lot of research and I liked that there was a lot of choice in the unit to research.” – Harriet G. 4WF

“I liked everyone’s costumes and I liked how all the parents visited the different journeys.” – Paris, Year 4

“It was successful because all our hard work came together.  It was good learning more information as a researcher”.  – Flynn H. 4FM

“I liked telling the parents what we’ve been working on and it was amazing how much effort everyone put in.” – Ruby, Year 4

Kandinsky style artworks – Year 2

Our specialist teachers often make connections with the skills and concepts of the units of inquiry giving them choice and voice in their learning. Year 2 students were learning about the artist Kandinsky and his abstract style. They expressed themselves using colour, shape and line as Kandinsky did.

SPW Year2 Kandinsky art

SPW Year2 Kandinsky art

Learning journeys, grandparent days, Chapel, assemblies, excursions and daily classroom learning engagements have shown me how our students actively live the attributes of the learner profile. They embrace learning as they reflect and care for each other demonstrating the values of SPW as principled learners.

It is a privilege to be an educator in this exciting learning community. I look forward to sharing more information in the future about learning and teaching at SPW.

Thank you to Lisa Harris, PYP Coordinator, for sharing this story.