Download the Primary Curriculum Guide below to read about lessons taught in each subject.
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
In each subject, children consider goals related to knowledge, skills, and understanding that give them a clear aim for learning.
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.
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 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.