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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 Years 1 to 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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  • British International School of Chicago, South Loop | Private School Chicago
  • British International School of Chicago | Private School Chicago
  • British International School of Chicago, South Loop | Private School Chicago

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 

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is thematic, creative and employs specific goals for learning in each subject as well as for personal development. The curriculum applies a global approach that helps children connect learning to where they are living now and view learning from the perspectives of people in other countries. 

The IPC is structured into three mileposts over Years 1 to 6, in which children aim to achieve specific learning goals, catered to their ages, in all core subjects: 

  • Society
  • International
  • Geography
  • History
  • Technology
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Art
  • Music
  • Science

To aid learning in these mileposts, teachers chose learning themes as outlined in the image below. They ensure a varied and exciting curriculum that follows an appropriate progression of skills and helps children reach their highest potential.

  • Ages 5-11 Topic Schedule

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


Homework is an integral part of your child’s learning journey in Primary School. We believe it should be an enjoyable extension of the classroom that children can share with their parent(s) to complement the week’s activities at school. Below is an overview of homework in Primary School.

Reading: Children read their home reading book each evening, and parents record their child’s progress.

English: Children complete one weekly assignment.

Math: Children complete one weekly assignment.

Science: There is no science homework for children in Years 1 & 2. Children in Years 3-6 receive Science homework at the mid-point and end-point of a topic. During Summer Term, Science homework is given in the form of a project.

French & Spanish: Children in Years 1-4 have optional opportunities for homework that we encourage but are not compulsory. Years 5 & 6 receive Spanish and French homework on alternate weeks.

Spelling: In Years 1 & 2, weekly Spelling homework starts after the first Autumn Half-Term, and in Years 3-6, it starts at the beginning of the school year.

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