November 26, 2013

Primary School Overview

Our Primary School uses the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) as a framework for our curriculum.

We aim to create classes with between ten to sixteen students, which research concludes is the ideal ratio in order to allow for individual attention and social variety.

At ISOCS we get to know each child as a valued and multifaceted individual. We carefully use diagnostic tasks to help us assess and track each child in their developing understanding in mathematics, literacy and social inquiry.

We engage students in interesting learning activities especially planned to continually reinforce and challenge their thinking. ISOCS empowers students to become independent and socially confident international learners who take pride in their achievements, whatever their age or stage of development.

ISOCS takes great pride in carefully selecting the best teachers to organise a student-based curriculum.

Our IB PYP inspires learners in becoming active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. We focus on holistic development as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom. We involve students’ in developing academic, social and emotional well-being, and strengthening international-mindedness and personal values as exemplified in the IB Learner Profile.

The Primary Years Programme

The IB PYP provides us a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young learners (aged 4.5 – 11 years) need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future. We work with these five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum that is engaging, relevant, and significant. The IB PYP curriculum at ISOCS follows a year by year Programme of Inquiry.

Our IB PYP curriculum is:

Inquiry-based: Our teaching methods build on learners’ individual knowledge and interests, and emphasise learning how to learn and how to find out. Our inquiry incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking learners to explore six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them.

Integrated: The subject areas of maths, language, science, social studies, information technology, the arts, physical education and library are taught through transdisciplinary themes in order to help students make connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning. A unique feature of our programme includes natural, immersive use of our local language, German, is classroom situations and specialist sessions like music.

Individualised: Around the IB PYP framework we have developed a detailed program reflecting the diverse composition of our school population and capable of being tailored to the needs of each individual student.

Find out more about the IB PYP here.