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 exhibitions, musical concerts and numerous sporting events.


ISR Reading Program

The ISR Reading Program is used to aid students in gaining fluency and confidence in reading. Starting in grade 1 English class, students read a class reader each of the three term and are continually assessed in comprehension.

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. Accordingly, songs, poems, stories, and pictures are used to help stimulate imagination and spark curiosity.

The program is used to teach students letter shape and formation and phonetic sound recognition.

Accelerated Reader (AR) Program

The AR program is an English reading comprehension program. Students may check out AR books from the library and read them at home. During the next library visit, students take a computer-based test on the book and move up in their reading levels if they obtain a 70% or higher.


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 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 German program.

For both German and international students, celebrating German traditions is important to understand the culture in which they live. The program teaches traditional songs, rhymes, and games as an authentic context for discovering and appreciating German culture and customs.

Antolin Reading Program in German

Antolin is a German reading comprehension program used also locally in the German school system. The Antolin books can be checked out of the ISR library and the Antolin comprehension quiz can be taken online.


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.

Maths 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 Science program at ISR offers children varied opportunities to become involved with basic scientific concepts, process-oriented techniques, and challenging problems for investigation. There are two major components: 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.

Social Studies

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.


Primary students 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 the lower Grades, 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 first years. To see learn more about which each department offers, please see the Sports, Music and Art sections of the website.

Sports, Music & Art

Sports, Music and Art are an important part of developing a child’s social and emotional skills in the first years. To see learn more about which each department offers, please see the Sports, Music and Art sections of the website.

ISR International School on the Rhine

Our school: ISR International School on the Rhine Neuss/Düsseldorf

ISR International School on the Rhine is located in the Neuss, Düsseldorf, and Meerbusch area. The international school is an English speaking private school. The international school is recognized as an international grammar school by the state of NRW. The private school in Neuss includes an international Kindergarten, an international primary school, and an international grammar school up to the twelfth grade. Students graduate from the international school with an internationally recognized degree, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or with a High School Diploma. Our graduates of the ISR international school on the rhine achieve outstanding grades every year. The goal of the international school is to provide individual support for the children and to prepare them for a successful professional future. The ISR near Düsseldorf is characterized by excellent teaching staff and state-of-the-art equipment in all teaching and classrooms. The educators design their lessons with different methodical means to promote the abilities of the students and young people. Together with the parents, they are responsible for the education and development of each child. The ISR International School on the Rhine can be reached in a few minutes from Düsseldorf and Meerbusch. The international school in Neuss has about 1000 students from 52 different nations. The teachers come from over 27 different countries.

The Primary School Curriculum

The international school has a demanding teaching concept. ISR Elementary School promotes academic and personal development. The curriculum in the first grade consists of English, German, and mathematics. From the second grade onwards, natural sciences, social studies, and IT lessons are added. The central focus of the ISR is basic language development. The international school promotes text and reading comprehension, the language of the written word, vocabulary, and the reading of literary sources. The ISR German Program is divided into two sections. There is one program for native speakers and another for pupils with German as a foreign language. German is compulsory for all students at the international school near Düsseldorf. Mathematics is a central aspect of the curriculum at ISR. The natural sciences are divided into two areas. There is a physical sequence”; which covers the fields of physics and chemistry. The “life sequence”; focuses on the subject of biology. ISR Neuss teaches the basic knowledge of reading maps and diagrams with the social studies course. Primary school children visit the library once a week. In the IT subject, students at ISR near Düsseldorf learn how to interact with computers and tablets, how such technology can be used positively for schoolwork. The international school near Düsseldorf promotes the academic, social, physical and emotional maturity of its students. The international school near Düsseldorf promotes the individual strengths of the students and exploits the potential of each student. Teachers place great emphasis on homework and other schoolwork. These are intended to promote and expand the level of knowledge of pupils.

Additional Information about our International School –  Teachers and Kindergarten

Are you interested in ISR International School on the Rhine? Please get in touch with us. You will find all our contact details on our website. Applications are accepted all year round. You are welcome to visit us on our Open Day or an Info Day. We organize many events throughout the school year to which you are cordially invited. The international school near Düsseldorf is open to new members. We look forward to getting to know you and your family.

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