Primary School Curriculum
The ISR primary school curriculum offers a challenging, well-rounded program emphasizing academic and personal growth.
Academic objectives include providing a well-rounded education based on mastering skills in English, mathematics, and German. Science, social studies, and computing are integrated into the curriculum as of grade 2.
The ISR primary program balances academic development with social, physical, and emotional maturation. Weekly classes in art, library, music, computing, and physical education round out the curriculum. Student talent is showcased throughout the year through art exhibits, musical concerts and numerous sporting events.
To see a more detailed list of the curriculum for each grade and learning goals, please contact the Academic Head of Primary School.
The foundation for language development is a central focus of the ISR primary school. The English program develops the following skills:
- Decoding language from the printed word (phonics)
- Comprehending what is read
- Developing an ever-expanding vocabulary
- Reading from multi-cultural literary sources
The objectives in English are to instill a lifelong love of reading and to develop effective oral and writing skills. Additionally, we strive for a mastery of grammatical structure, correct spelling, confident skills of expression, and good penmanship.
The language program expands students’ ability to communicate thoughts and feelings through theme work, as well as encourages them to contribute actively to class discussion. Songs, poems, stories, and pictures are used to help stimulate imagination and spark curiosity.
The SABIS® Phonics and Handwriting program is used to teach students letter shape and formation and phonetic sound recognition.
The German program in the ISR primary school is a two-track system including German for mother-tongue speakers and German as a foreign language. Both tracks provide the students with a solid background in grammatical structures, vocabulary, spelling, and writing skills and reinforces the ISR language and math curriculum by teaching colors, numbers, letters, reading skills and sounds.
German language is required for students at all grade levels. Students new to Germany and the German language are typically able to function well in the language after several years in the ISR primary German program.
For both German and international students, celebrating German traditions is important to understand the culture in which they live. The primary German program teaches traditional songs, rhymes, and games as an authentic context for discovering and appreciating German culture and customs.
In addition to the English and German languages, mathematics is a main focus in the ISR primary curriculum. In the SABIS® Educational System™, math is considered a “language” applicable in all societies and cultures and a critical part of the educational process.
The math curriculum at ISR provides a challenging program which involves reinforcement in subsequent years. The objective of the math program is to help students attain an understanding of mathematical concepts and master computational skills and problem-solving techniques that will enable them to understand the more abstract concepts in Middle and Upper School.
Students’ excitement in applying their mathematical skills comes as they learn how to tell time and solve mathematical word problems. The ultimate goal of teaching mathematics is to help students develop an ability for mathematical thinking and an appreciation of the power and use of math.
Beginning in grade 1 and continuing throughout the next five grade levels, the ISR primary school science curriculum offers children varied opportunities to become involved with basic scientific concepts, process-oriented techniques, and challenging problems for investigation. There are two major components in the curriculum: a physical sequence, guiding students through examination of the physical world, and a life sequence focusing on the biological world.
With a focus on Life Science, Physical Science and Earth and Space, primary students continue to develop a deep understanding and awareness of the world around them. In the Life Science unit, students come to comprehend the different systems and functions in their own bodies. Additionally, a focus on interactions in ecosystems and life cycles of animals allows student to explore the world outside the classroom walls.
Physical Science opens up students’ minds to the different forms of energy that surround us each day. From electrical energy to thermal energy to chemical energy, students grasp an understanding of how energy can be both useful and harmful to human beings. The Physical Science unit also explores the states of matter as well as physical and chemical changes associated with matter.
Lastly, Earth and Space explores natural resources on Earth, the water and rock cycle, as well as motions in the sky and our Solar System.
Starting in grade 2, students learn about what is most familiar to themselves, their families, and their communities. As their environments expand, studies include geography and world history with local German content. Map and globe skills, the use of charts and graphs, chronology, critical thinking, and research are some of the components in our integrated skills approach to social studies.
Social studies’ curriculum in grade 3 provides students with basic skills of reading maps, charts, and using directions terms. It also introduces Egypt as one of the ancient cultures of history. Students explore how the Egyptian society came into existence. Children have so much fun making projects to display every year on Family Fun Day in the Museum of Ancient Civilization.
Grade 1–10 students have a weekly advising lesson, which focuses on developing students’ social competencies. In primary school, advising topics, such as developing healthy habits and being a good friend are discussed.
Students in primary school visit the library weekly, where they listen to stories, read books, take AR (Accelerated Reader) computer quizzes and check out books for the following week. Families may also visit the library and check out books on certain days.
IT (Information Technology)
Students start IT lessons already in primary school, which gives them a strong foundation for using the computer in the upper grades to conduct research and write reports.
Sports, Music & Art
Sports, music and art are an important part of developing a child’s social and emotional skills in the primary years. To see learn more about which each department offers, please see the sports, music and art sections of the website.