Primary School: First Steps - Grade 1
Welcome to FIS Primary School where the foundation of our program is the Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum. Here among our excellent teachers I am often reminded of what I have always known: providing learners a challenging, interesting and appropriate curriculum means teachers develop, implement and revise it.
There are no short cuts. It takes effort and skill to develop curriculum that is intellectually engaging, responsive to students’ needs and interests and that is true to our mission of "…developing intellect, creativity and character to become independent, adaptable, socially responsible and internationally minded citizens.”
Here at the Primary School, we combine teachers’ involvement in PYP curriculum development with their knowledge of appropriate practice and understanding each student’s strengths and weaknesses to educate young children extraordinarily well. Primary teachers integrate assessment and curriculum to ensure all areas of each child’s development are addressed: social, emotional and cognitive. We assess each child’s progress as we teach the curriculum with results used to adapt curriculum to meet their learning needs; communicate with their families; and evaluate our program’s effectiveness.
In addition to learning the outcomes taught in the units of study, our primary children are encouraged to be curious and inquisitive. Respecting self and others, working through differences, and being part of a group are important as teachers and students build community in their classrooms. We understand the importance of students assuming responsibility for their actions and see it as essential for their success. We also understand the importance of our students developing a positive self-identity, compassion and tolerance for those whose perspectives and experiences may be different than their own. We have designed our program so that students feel competent in themselves as learners.
We teach so that children will thrive in the Primary School. We have developed a rich, responsive curriculum; assess students’ learning and development and have created a nurturing, caring community in order to prepare students for meaningful lives full of potential and possibility. For a look at our Primary School Handbook, click here.
Dr. John Weaver, Ed.D.
Primary School Principal