Early learning curriculum

Curriculum, Learning and Teaching

A world of discovery and learning

At Canberra Grammar School our students learn how to learn – to be adaptable, resilient, reflective, and to have the capacity to research, think, act and communicate their ideas in multimodal ways. We provide our students with a core of essential learning that leads to a depth of understanding across major areas of human knowledge with a substantial emphasis on creating a solid foundation in English, Mathematics and Information Technology.

Teaching philosophy

A Canberra Grammar School education prepares students to be intelligent, innovative and international; to be responsible and compassionate leaders who place the welfare of others before self and who are willing to embrace the challenges of our century as opportunities to make a difference.

Our teachers embrace a collaborative approach to learning, supporting diverse interests and enabling rich learning experiences for our students. As our attention is focused on our students, our curricula and pedagogical decisions flow from this focus point.

Our teachers observe, listen and research alongside the students, encouraging them to be inquirers – to wonder and pose questions with many opportunities for critical, analytical, creative and reflective thinking, enriched through reciprocal interactions between peers, teachers and the broader community.

We believe optimal learning outcomes require strong home-school partnerships. Accordingly, we provide clear and continuous communication and encourage parent participation in the learning environment.

IB Primary Years Programme & Australian Curriculum

The learning programme at Canberra Grammar School has been designed to engage students in learning that is relevant, challenging and significant. As an International Baccalaureate School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) our philosophy and approach is based upon the teaching and learning principles of guided inquiry, development of globally significant conceptual understandings, collaborative learning, differentiation and assessment for learning.  Through the PYP framework we incorporate the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework requirements.

Guided inquiry enables our students to integrate information across traditional subject areas and apply the accumulation of their knowledge in a cohesive and effective way. What matters is not the regurgitation of facts rather the development of our students’ capability to take what they have learnt and to apply this learning to new situations. Engaging in guided inquiry involves students and teachers in a collaborative process of identifying questions about a topic that they then work towards answering before communicating, reflecting and acting upon newly acquired understandings and skills.

Learning through inquiry complements the rigorous approach we adopt to the development of students’ Literacy and Numeracy skills; it strengthens the purpose and application of the development of these foundational capabilities. While building foundation skills through inquiry our students participate in blocks of learning time that are dedicated specifically to the explicit and scaffolded teaching of Literacy and Numeracy.

The CGS Primary School is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme accredited school.