6 TO 11 YEARS OLD

PRIMARY SCHOOL

At our thriving Primary School in Geneva, Switzerland, we offer a choice of three pathways – Anglophone, Francophone, or Bilingual – which combine academic rigour with outstanding creative opportunities.
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OUR PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULA

At Primary, we offer a choice of three programmes: Anglophone, Francophone, or Bilingual.

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is the basis for all our programmes. The IPC consists of stimulating and globally relevant thematic units of work, adapted to our unique Primary School context in Switzerland. These are designed around a clear process of learning for your child.

All three programmes are academically ambitious. Our Anglophone programme is based on the rigorous standards of the Cambridge Primary Curriculum, while our Francophone programme contains elements of the l’Education Nationale Française. This guarantees our standards align with curricula across the globe.

Your child can move between programmes at any time, following a review of their language level.

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ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY CURRICULUM (IPC)

The IPC is a thematic, creative programme, with clear personal, subject, and learning goals. A truly flexible curriculum, the IPC can be adapted to each student’s interests, talents, and level of understanding.


The IPC Subject Goals assess a child’s knowledge, skills and understanding in specific areas, including maths, science, technology, history, geography, music, PHE, and art and society.


The eight IPC Personal Goals – enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect, and adaptability – are embedded into each unit of work.


The IPC Learning Goals raise our students’ awareness of national, international, and intercultural viewpoints. The IPC has over 130 different thematic units, designed to appeal to different interests and teach students about the world around them.

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THE CAMBRIDGE PRIMARY CURRICULUM

On both our Anglophone and Bilingual programmes, English and maths are taught using the Cambridge Primary Curriculum.

 

In English, we nurture our students’ love of reading, writing, and literature. Children develop their phonic knowledge and listen, discuss, reflect, and express themselves through their writing, becoming clear and effective communicators.

 

In maths, our students master five key areas: numbers, geometry, measurements, data handling, and problem-solving. The curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions, and relationships, which helps our students develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

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A TYPICAL DAY AT OUR PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SWITZERLAND

The school day starts at 8:15 am and finishes at 3:40 pm.

At lunchtime, your child can enjoy a hot meal in our canteen. They’ll choose from a range of healthy, nutritious options, or you can send a packed lunch in from home.

After school, we offer more than 100 extracurricular activities. These run from 3:40-6:45 pm.

 
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Starting the day right
After a warm welcome, our class teachers will check in on your child’s wellbeing. Yoga and mindfulness, sharing sessions, running the daily mile, and interactive games put our students in a positive frame of mind.
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Starting the day right
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Learning in new ways
From spending the day as Emilia Earhart to discovering the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy, our students develop a lifelong of learning through experiential activities.
Learning in new ways
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Unlimited opportunities
Lunchtime is packed with exciting opportunities – and your child can do as much as a little as they like. After a healthy meal, they can head to our adventure playground, join a game of football, hang out with friends, or play in our dedicated quiet space. 
Unlimited opportunities
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Running, climbing, jumping
Our Primary students have bags of energy, and our activity sessions are a great way to let off steam. Your child will run, jump, and score on our all-weather pitch, sports courts, and gyms, as well as exploring our wonderful Concha garden.
Running, climbing, jumping
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Taking a trip
Day and overnight trips teach our students about themselves and others, as well as creating lifelong memories. On residential camps across Switzerland, your child will grow in confidence and independence, make friends, and be supported to take risks.
taking a trip
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HEALTH AND WELLBEING

We want our students to feel safe and happy, valued and understood. Our structured wellbeing curriculum, also known as personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), is at the heart of each student’s educational experience.

Our experienced team of Learning Support Teachers and Counsellors provide the support and guidance our students need to become confident, independent, lifelong learners, too. Innovative initiatives, like our Happy Feet group for students who want to enjoy some quiet time at lunch, ensure everyone is included and comfortable.

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OUR RISE VALUES

From an early age, every student’s academic learning is underpinned by our RISE values of Respect, Internationalism, Spirit, and Excellence. These bring our community together, develop global citizenship, and provide firm personal, social, and emotional foundations.
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AN EDUCATION THAT'S MADE FOR YOUR CHILD

We think beyond traditional education so that every student can shape their own journey. Our ‘Made for You’ approach guarantees choice, nurtures strengths, and fosters a lifelong love of learning.

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