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Elementary School

Grade 3  Grade 6 (Ages 8 to 12) 

In the Elementary School at ISB, we help your child to learn to explore the world with curiosity, asking questions and developing skills in problem solving and interpretation.

The ISB learning experience in the Elementary School builds upon the foundations laid down by further consolidating the understandings, skills and knowledge necessary for a lifetime of inquiry-based learning. 

The Elementary School years are exciting ones for opening doors to new possibilities. Students are eager to learn more about themselves and the world around them, with increasing levels of sophistication and independence. By tapping into interests, talents and passions, students blossom both individually and as a community.

Anna Zeiders, Elementary School Head

 

Curriculum Summary

Visual Art (Whole School)

At ISB, we believe in the creative learner. Humans have always expressed their interpretations of the world through a rich range of creative media. Visual Arts can influence societal development by challenging commonly held perspectives with creative ideas.

Performing Arts (Whole School)

At ISB we believe that Music should play an integral role in every student's academic career. Music is a mandatory part of the school curriculum through the 6th grade. In the Middle and High School students can elect to take music performance classes as well as Digital Music Composition and IB Music.

Languages (ECC/ES)

The language programs at ISB aim, to the greatest extent possible, to support all ISB students to become proficient users of more than one language.

Mathematics (ES)

Mathematics in the primary years focuses on helping students develop their understanding of mathematical concepts and skills that can be applied in everyday life as well as for continued learning in mathematics.

English Language & Literacy (ES)

English Language and Literacy in the Early Childhood Center and the Elementary School is designed to support students to become fluent users of language who enjoy reading, writing and communicating for pleasure and are able to use their language skills purposefully as learners.

Units of Inquiry (ES)

In the Early Childhood Centre and the Elementary School at ISB a set of transdisciplinary units are taught using an inquiry-based methodology.

Physical Education (Whole School)

At ISB, we believe in developing physically literate learners in a safe and positive environment. A physically literate learner understands that literacy is cultivated in a process where learners have confidence and competency in movement and can apply their understanding and skills in a variety of environments.

Student Support Services

We are both proactive and responsive in terms of offering student centered supports that promote physical and mental health, and wellness, optimal learning opportunities and interventions through a range of support services. It is a whole child approach.

English Language Development (Whole School)

For learners who have not yet reached the level of proficiency in English necessary to access the subject area curricula, ISB provides a programme of English Language Development. 

Sample Schedule

School Day

All grades
8:40 - 15:35

Monday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance and announcements
08:50 - 10:05 Literacy
10:05 - 10:25 Recess
10:30 - 11:15 Language block
11:20 - 12:25 Week 1 Advisory  ||  Week 2 Library
12:25 - 12:45 Mathematics
12:45 - 13:40 Lunch & recess
13:45 - 14:30 Mathematics
14:30 - 15:30 Science & Social Studies
15:30 Pack up, end of day dismissal

 

Tuesday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance and announcements
08:50 - 10:00 Literacy
10:00 - 10:20 Recess
10:20 - 11:40 Music
11:45 - 12:45 Science & Social Studies
12:45 - 13:40 Lunch & recess
13:45 - 14:25 Language Block
14:30 - 15:30 Mathematics
15:30 Pack up, end of day dismissal

 

Wednesday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance and announcements
09:00 - 10:00 Physical Education
10:05 - 10:25 Recess
10:30 - 11:30 Mathematics
11:35 - 12:45 Literacy
12:45 - 13:40 Lunch & recess
13:45 - 14:25 Science & Social Studies
14:30 - 15:30 Language Block
15:30 Pack up, end of day dismissal

 

Thursday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance and announcements
08:50 - 10:00 Literacy
10:00 - 10:20 Recess
10:20 - 11:40 Music
11:45 - 12:45 Art
12:45 - 13:40 Lunch & recess
13:45 - 14:40 Mathematics
14:45 - 15:30 Language Block
15:30 Pack up, end of day dismissal

 

Friday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance and announcements
08:50 - 10:00 Mathematics
10:05 - 10:25 Recess
10:50 - 11:15 Science & Social Studies
11:20 - 12:45 Literacy
12:45 - 13:40 Lunch & recess
13:45 - 14:25 Targeted Learning
14:30 - 15:30 Physical Education
15:30 Pack up, end of day dismissal

 

Elementary School Voices