Aspendale Gardens Primary school is an exciting and engaging place to be.

The ethos of the school is to encourage an enthusiasm for learning through effective teaching and learning practices.   The school prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment and is proud to announce that it is officially a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme.  This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.  These are schools that share a common philosophy-a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Aspendale Gardens Primary School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org 

Please view our Mission Statement below:

Mission Statement 

As a candidate school for the PYP we have developed a curriculum that has specific importance on the development of the Learner Profile attributes. This provides students with a holistic approach to education and a set of outcomes that allows students to become internationally minded and equips them with the skills for the 21st Century. We actively require students to be:

    • Balanced
    • Caring
    • Communicators
    • Inquirers
    • Knowledgeable
    • Open Minded
    • Principled
    • Reflective
    • Risk Takers
    • Thinkers

(International Baccaulareate 2007)

The Learner Profile is supported by the 5 Essential Elements which make up the written curriculum. They ensure that all learning is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. 

The 5 Essential Elements are :

Knowledge: which is both disciplinary, represented by traditional subject areas (language, maths, science, social studies, arts, PSPE) and six transdisciplinary themes of global significance:

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

Key concepts: also expressed as key questions, help teachers and students to consider ways of thinking and learning about the world, and act as a provocation to extend and deepen student inquiries. A set of eight concepts are used in the transdisciplinary curriculum.

  • Form
  • Function
  • Causation
  • Change
  • Connection
  • Perspective
  • Responsibility
  • Reflection.

Skills: which are the broad capabilities students develop and apply during learning and in life beyond the classroom

There are 5 that our students acquire:

  • Thinking skills
  • Social skills
  • Communication skills
  • Self Management skills
  • Research skills

Attitudes: which contribute to international-mindedness and the wellbeing of individuals and learning communities, and connect directly to the IB learner profile.

At Aspendale Gardens there are 13:

  • Appreciation
  • Creativity
  • Commitment
  • Confidence
  • Cooperation
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Tolerance

Action: which is an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.