EARLY YEARS UNIT AND PRIMARY SCHOOL
In the Early Years Unit (EYU: Pre-, Junior and Senior Kindergarten) and Primary school (Grades 1-5), the children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm form the basis for an inquiry-based approach to learning using the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) for which the school is fully accredited.
The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. Using the child-centred PYP curriculum model (see below), ISL teachers create a stimulating and varied learning environment that allows each student to progress according to his or her potential. Children are encouraged to share their diverse social and cultural experiences and to develop the ability to think analytically, make connections and be independent and creative participants in their own learning. Their personal development is nurtured through the Learner Profile which lies at the heart of the PYP and the IB philosophy in general.
A variety of assessment methods, including student self-reflection, allows continuous evaluation of the learning process and regular feedback to both the children and the parents.
In addition to language (reading, writing and oral communication), mathematics, science and technology, social studies, visual arts, music, drama, and personal, social and physical education, children are exposed to French as a foreign or mother tongue language. English language support (ESOL) is provided (at extra cost) for children who need it and the use of computers and technology is an integral part of classroom activities.
THE IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME (PYP) CURRICULUM MODEL
All teaching and learning in the PYP is supported by the IBO Learner Profile (ibo learner profile)