PYP Programme

Primary Years Programme

What is the PYP?

The Primary Years Programme is the curriculum framework by which the Australian Curriculum is delivered in the Junior School at Calvary Christian College. The highly rigorous standards demanded by the International Baccalaureate (IB) ensure that our students are given the very best opportunities to prepare for their future world. Learning is engaging, student focussed and comprehensive. Everything we do is within a Christian Worldview with a strong commitment to our mission statement Transforming lives through quality education and Christian discipleship.

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

Of great significance is the PYP commitment to fostering our students as learners. The PYP learner profile addresses qualities in our students that we need to actively encourage, qualities that best prepare them for lifelong learning, for roles in the future that may not even exist yet. Students are encouraged to bring their passion for learning into the classroom. PYP recognises and values their curiosity.

As teachers, our role can be to act as the sage on the stage, the guide by their side but it’s better to be the “messer” in the middle - asking lots of questions, challenging students to think, helping them to make connections for themselves. Learning at Calvary is always messy and complex and active and fun because that, the research tells us, is how our children learn best.


The Primary Years Programme Exhibition is an exciting event where student's create a display that reflects a culmination of their PYP learning journey. It is an opportunity for students to synthesise and share with the community their understanding of the PYP essential elements: namely, knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. The Year 6 Exhibition will reflect the transdisciplinary theme, "Who We Are".

Date: Tuesday 13 September
Time: From 5:30pm onwards
Venue: Calvary Community Centre, Carbrook campus

Students will display their understanding of thinking conceptually, making connections to the world around them and being risk takers. We invite parents, friends and new families to join us on the night.

For more information, click here to read the newsletters:
Who We Are Year 6 Exhibition newsletter - Issue 1
Who We Are Year 6 Exhibition newsletter - Issue 2
Who We Are Year 6 Exhibition newsletter - Issue 3
Who We Are poster for more information.