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Primary Years (Ages 6-11)

Primary School children learn the elementary skills at BIS

Life-long learning is not something for adults -- it starts with loving to learn and enjoying school, challenge and inspiration at an early age. Our school celebrates the skills needed to continuously learn and see these as absolutely necessary to prepare for the future. Through an engaging, challenging and rigorous curriculum based on the Programme of Inquiry, our students become inquirers with a passion for learning that accompanies them their whole life.

Our school uses the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) as a framework for an analytical, international education. Our approaches to teaching reflect best practice from current research on how children learn and how to best engage them and their natural curiousity. Throughout the PYP, students develop conceptual understanding, knowledge, skills and attitudes, which help them to take action as a result of their learning.

International mindedness, inspiration and excellence in teaching and learning are at the heart of our school.

Exhibition

The Exhibition is the culminating experience for our PYP students. It is a rite of passage into Grade 6 and the Middle Years Programme. For the Exhibition, Grade 5 students participate design their own projects which synthesize the essential elements of the PYP and their acculumated learning. These students research and present their understandings of a global issue that is of personal interest and is based on a common central idea. To do so, they do independent and collaborative group work over several months.  

This project is an opportunity for students to engage in authentic independent inquiry and to showcase the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and actions that they have developed throughout their time in the PYP.  The final product of this inquiry is presented to the whole school community as The Exhibition at the end of the school year.

If you require more information about the Primary School Programme, please do not hesitate to contact the PYP Coordinator, Elizabeth Winkler.