Teachers and staff provide a great programme and environment condusive to intellectual and social development. Chinnasri family from Malaysia
Literacy and Numeracy
Rich learning experiences to develop pupil's English language and numeracy skills are at the heart of learning at ISG. Oral language (speaking and listening) and written language (reading and writing) are fully integrated throughout the daily programme. We aim for all our children to be able to express themselves clearly and confidently in English and be proficient readers, writers and mathematicians. At ISG we use the UK English Curriculum guidelines to ensure coverage within our literacy and numeracy programmes. Literacy and numeracy are taught and assessed as separate subject areas, and also integrated into learning as part of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
We aim to make learning fun at ISG! We use the IPC to deliver a comprehensive, thematic curriculum with a clear process of learning. Our cross curricular themes provide a meaningful context to build on students' prior knowledge and ensure that the different subject areas are not taught in isolation. Through the IPC approach to learning children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to confidently face the world of tomorrow and continue the love of learning that all children are born with.
The learning goals are at the heart of the IPC curriculum. IPC specifies learning goals for academic and personal development and international understanding. Specific learning targets are divided into
- Knowledge, Skills or Understanding.
- ‘Knowledge’ refers to factual information.
- ‘Skills’ refers to things children are able to do and are learned practically.
- ‘Understanding’ refers to the consideration of big ideas and is always developing.
The Learning Process
Entry Point – At the start of the unit this ‘hooks in’ the children and provides a motivation for learning.
Knowledge Harvest - takes place after the Entry Point. Children think about what they already know about the topic and make connections with previous learning.
Explaining the theme – gives children an overview of the topic.
Researching and Investigating – through a range of activities children will be finding out and gathering information, then re-working and recording what they have learned.
Exit Point – a fun way to close the unit and summarise what they have learned.
ISG places a lot of importance on understanding, developing and celebrating personal values. Every month we focus on one of the following eight values. We talk about what they mean and try to practise them.
- Enquiry Adaptability
- Resilience Morality
- Communication Respect
- Thoughtfulness Cooperation
Integrated within learning at ISG is developing a sense of International mindedness.
We aim for our pupils to:
- have a good sense of identity
- be open-minded and adaptable
- be respectful of other cultures and beliefs
- be aware of and celebrate similarities and diversity
All classes receive one Dutch language lesson a week. Pupils will learn basic commands, statements and vocabulary and also interesting aspects regarding Flemish/Dutch speaking culture.
All pupils receive a weekly music lesson. These lessons develop children’s rhythm and beat and encourage a love of music. Pupils will learn a range of songs, often related to the IPC topic, which not only enhances their learning, but also improves their vocabulary.
Sport and Swimming
All pupils have a weekly sports lesson, and a bi-weekly swimming lesson.
During sports children are challenged in multiple ways so they become confident and versatile in various physically demanding settings. They develop co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills, speed, fitness, etc. so that they can later succeed and excel in specific sports. In addition, the social aspect of sports and sportsmanship is also an essential part of the classes.
ISG also have their own swim programme which incorporates learning how to swim and water safety. After an initial assessment, Primary pupils will work towards one of the 6 levels of the ISG swim programme.