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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Science & Social Studies

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

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

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

Thursday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance, Announcements and Morning Meeting
08:50 - 10:00 Language Block
10:00 - 10:15 Recess
10:20 - 11:40 Music & Drama
11:45 - 12:35 Mathematics
12:40 - 13:30 Lunch & Recess
13:35 - 14:35 Passion Learning
14:35 - 15:30 Goals
15:35 Pack up and End of day dismissal

 

Monday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance, Announcements and Morning Meeting
09:00 - 10:05 Mathematics
10:10 - 11:10 PE
11:10 - 11:35 Recess
11:40 - 12:35 Science & Social Studies
12:40 - 13:30 Lunch & Recess
13:35 - 14:50 Literacy
14:50 - 15:30 Target Time
15:35 Pack up and End of day dismissal

 

School Day

All grades
8:45 - 15:35

Wednesday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance, Announcements and Morning Meeting
09:00 - 10:00 Art
10:00 - 10:20 Recess
10:25 - 11:45 Sciences and Social Studies
11:50 - 12:35 Mathematics
12:40 - 13:30 Lunch & Recess
13:35 - 14:25 Literacy
14:30 - 15:30 PE
15:35 Pack up and End of day dismissal

 

Tuesday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance, Announcements and Morning Meeting
09:00 - 10:10 Literacy
10:10 - 10:20 Snack
10:20 - 11:40 Music & Drama
11:40 - 12:00 Recess
12:00 - 12:35 Flex
12:40 - 13:30 Lunch & Recess
13:35 - 14:20 Language Block
14:25 - 15:30 Mathematics
15:35 Pack up and End of day dismissal

 

Friday

Time Subject
08:45 Attendance, Announcements and Morning Meeting
09:00 - 10:00 Mathematics
10:10 - 10:25 Recess
10:30 - 11:30 Literacy
11:30 - 12:00 Library
12:00 - 12:30 Advisory
12:40 - 13:30 Lunch & Recess
13:30 - 14:40 Language Block
14:45 - 15:30 Sciences and Social Studies
15:35 Pack up and End of day dismissal

 

Elementary School Voices