Our International Primary School Curriculum
Our Primary students (ages 5-11) follow the English National Curriculum, which we offer on both our Rosinka and Krylatskoe Campuses.
Adapted to our local and international context, our Primary school curriculum provides a strong academic foundation, as well as offering diverse learning experiences that challenge, engage, and inspire. We nurture personal characteristics and values, too, ensuring every child is supported to grow socially and emotionally.
In English, we encourage our children’s love of reading, writing, and literature. Children develop their phonic knowledge, listen, discuss, reflect, and express themselves through their writing, becoming clear and effective communicators.
Taught daily from Years One - Six, our maths curriculum enables our students to master numbers, as well as measurements, data handling, shapes, geometry, algebra, and problem-solving.
In science, our students ask questions, perform experiments, make observations, present data, and use evidence to draw conclusions. They also develop a deeper understanding of ideas across physics, chemistry, and biology.
Art and Design
In weekly lessons, students use colour, texture, patterns, and a range of materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel, and think. Igniting imaginations, lessons are packed with visual, tactile, and sensory experiences.
Our history curriculum teaches students to consider how the past influences the present. Your child will explore what life was like through engaging topics and themes, and learn how beliefs and cultures affect people’s actions today.
Our geography curriculum is packed with practical and creative learning experiences. From making a working model of a volcano to recording topographical data, our students investigate and discover through a hands-on approach.
Harnessing the power of ISM’s education technology – including MacBooks, robotics, 3D printers, green screens and iPads – students find, explore, analyse, exchange, and present information responsibly and creatively.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Regular PSHE lessons help our children grow into strong individuals and members of society. Your child will also develop the skills and attitudes they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives.
Alongside our Core Curriculum, specialist teachers, musicians, and coaches at our international primary school in Moscow, provide exceptional musical, linguistic, and PE opportunities for our students.
Modern Foreign Languages
A high-quality language education fosters our students’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. We offer Russian to all students, from beginners to native speakers. French and Spanish are introduced in Key Stage 2.
On our extensive music programme, students can learn multiple instruments, play in our ensembles, or sing in a choir. We also offer an exciting schedule of concerts and workshops, where students showcase their talents.
Our PE curriculum is packed with team and individual activities, including gymnastics, basketball, swimming, ice-skating, football, tennis and athletics. There are also opportunities to compete in inter-House competitions, sports days, and swimming galas.
At our international primary school in Moscow, our teachers bring learning to life in practical ways through our extra-curricular programme. This includes excursions to local museums and places of interest, as well as – from Year Four – exciting residential trips in Russia. Your child will also have access to a range of After-School Activities and community service opportunities, not to mention Work Experience opportunities for our oldest students.
Each child is a unique individual, and we take a tailored approach to developing their personal wellbeing and confidence, as well as their strength of character. We develop strategies that encourage a productive response to adversity. And we always make sure our children can find a caring, listening ear when they need one.
We support our children to develop a range of ‘Success Skills’, which are personal character traits they hone throughout their Primary years. These include critical reflection, independence, creative thinking, respect, self-discipline, communication, resilience, courage, and self-care.