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In the Early Years Unit (EYU: Transition-, 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. This is implemented through a play-based approach in the EYU.
The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others, and have the capacity to engage actively and responsibly in the world around them. Using the child-centred PYP curriculum model, 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 and self and peer assessment, 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, technology and social studies, we offer a rich visual arts, music, movement and drama programme to stimulate creativity in all areas of the curriculum and weekly pastoral, social and physical education sessions further enhance personal development. Primary students also benefit from a balanced PE programme within their weekly timetable, using facilities such as our small gym and the recently installed astro-turf multi-sports terrain. Lower primary students also enjoy the use of the local municipal swimming pool for part of the year.
English language beginners from Grade 1 and up are offered support in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at an extra cost if needed and all children learn French as a foreign or home country language.
EYU and Primary students benefit from frequent out-of-school visits and trips linked to their Units of Inquiry, and all classes from Grade 1-5 enjoy an annual residential trip of at least three days. The school prioritises trips in France or nearby bordering countries so as to keep its carbon footprint to a minimum and to make the most of the wealth of possibilities available without travelling too far.
The primary school underwent an IB PYP evaluation visit in October 2021, with glowing reports from the visiting team who indicated that the school fulfilled all the requirements for IB re-affiliation. ISL’s biggest reward, however, was to hear from them that the word they heard most often in interviews with students, teachers and parents alike was ‘happy’!