In these formative years, the Wesley Junior School (Early Learning to Year 4) offers students small class sizes and specialist primary-years teachers.

Student-centred learning focuses on fostering the knowledge, skills and attitudes children need to become lifelong learners.

Students explore concepts about themselves and the world around them through a combination of classroom learning, incursions, excursions, cocurricular activities and outdoor education camps.

The IB Primary Years Program

Three students working together on a projectStudents learn within the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) – an approach to education which views children as active learners, who acquire knowledge through inquiry-based learning.

The PYP promotes a strong foundation in numeracy, literacy and cognitive abilities while preparing young students to become curious, self-motivated and inquiring learners.

Students learn through exploring transdisciplinary themes, investigating ideas, questions and concepts that span multiple disciplines, including the arts, languages, mathematics, physical and health education, science, social studies and technology.

The PYP’s six transdisciplinary themes focus on local, national and international perspectives, addressing:

  • 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.

These themes form a program of structured inquiry that prepares students for the next stage of their learning.

Enhanced Language Program

Teacher holding a card with a Chinese symbol on it motioning towards a child with his hand raised

Unique to Wesley, the Enhanced Language Program (ELP) immerses students from ECLC to Year 4 in Mandarin language learning.

The ELP accelerates language acquisition through daily integration of Chinese language across the curriculum, with approximately 20 per cent of daily classes taught in Mandarin.

Learning another language enhances students’ development across multiple dimensions, promoting cognitive, communication and problem-solving skills.

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