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  • Highest Quality Learning

    Our personalized approach engages and challenges students, empowering them to reach their highest potential.

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    Our highly qualified, energetic and experienced staff is focused on developing children's unique learning styles.

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Ages 5 to 11

Our Primary School curriculum integrates the very best components of the English National Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum. This enables children in Year 1 to Year 6 (Kindergarten to Grade 5) to become ambitious, confident and inspired learners, and to approach learning with a clear focus on the progression of skills. 

The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects, helping children learn to make meaningful connections among them. Children study English, Math and Science, as well as American Studies, Art, Computing, Dance, Music, Physical Education, Games and World Languages (French and Spanish).

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English National Curriculum

The English National Curriculum provides a framework for learning, outlining knowledge around which teachers develop stimulating lessons that promote the development of children’s knowledge, understanding and skills.

Teachers set high expectations, planning higher level work for those whose attainment is significantly above the expected standard and delivering lessons to children who need additional guidance and support. Teachers use a wide range of appropriate assessments to set targets, which are deliberately ambitious to help children reach their highest potential. 

International Primary Curriculum 

Since 1984, schools across the globe have used the International Primary Curriculum to engage children in a world of academic, personal, and international learning that is exciting, challenging, and relevant.

The International Primary Curriculum boosts children’s learning in a variety of subjects, helps them develop an inquiring mind, as well as the personal attributes necessary for the next stages in education and life. Children also develop a deeper sense of their nationality and culture, as well as respect for and understanding of the global community. Through the International Primary Curriculum approach to learning, children develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

Daily learning focuses on a central theme, called a Topic, like Animals, Transport, or Chocolate. The Topic enables children to make connections across subjects. This interconnected process of learning in each Topic, pictured left, provides a clear structure for children to become fully engaged.

  • Ages 5-11 Topic Schedule

Download the Primary Curriculum Guide below to read about lessons taught in each subject.

Learning Goals

The International Primary Curriculum guides quality teaching and learning through three types of Learning Goals: Subject Goals; Personal Goals; and International Goals. All are focused on helping children build:

  • Knowledge: Facts and information gained through a variety of sources
  • Skills: Practical, experiential abilities that children begin, develop, and then master
  • Understanding: Deep awareness of key concepts that develops over time

Subject Goals

In each subject, children consider goals related to knowledge, skills, and understanding that give them a clear aim for learning.

Personal Goals

Personal Goals help children develop qualities we believe 
they will find essential in the 21st century. The goals are related 
to inquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect, and adaptability. They are ingrained the ethos of daily school life.

International Goals

These help children develop an increasingly sophisticated global perspective by focusing on the journey from “self” to “other”.



Purpose of Assessment

Assessment is the gathering and analysis of information about student performance. It identifies what students know, understand, can do, and feel at different stages in the learning process and this information guides teachers in instruction. Assessment is an ongoing and daily part of school life, and the formative comments students receive develop their understanding of the skills and knowledge required to be successful in each course. At BISC South Loop, the aims and purpose of assessment are to:

  • Provide information to enhance and improve learning and teaching
  • Provide information for target-setting for individuals, groups, and cohorts
  • Share learning goals with students
  • Involve students in self-assessment
  • Help students know and recognize the standards for which they are aiming
  • Raise standards of learning
  • Identify possibilities for academic intervention
  • Inform parents of their child’s progress

Academic Reports

Academic reports describe students’ academic and social development and list targets in all subjects for the student to concentrate on before the next report. Teachers communicate with families about Primary student achievement and progress in three academic reports, in October, February and June. There are regular parent consultations with teachers scheduled during the school year. Parents may also meet with teachers outside of the consultation dates. 

Early Years Learning

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