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Elementary School Learning

Inquiry and Discovery

For our youngest learners, the world is an entirely new and amazing place. Every experience is an opportunity for learning, and it is best learned when children have the ability to fully engage with it. The ability to ask questions and experiment are crucial. As such, TCIS elementary school learning is very much inquiry- and reflection-based. Students are presented with concepts and are taught processes for asking questions, engaging with their senses, assessing and connecting what they already know, and then reflecting on what they have experienced.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework specifically designed for the international education of elementary-aged learners. The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in local, national, and global environments. The curriculum represents a combination of research and experience; it includes excellent teaching and learning practices derived from a variety of national systems and independent schools from around the world. It is an international, trans-disciplinary programme.

The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child – touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academic progress. Within the PYP, it is believed that student learning is best done when it is authentic and relevant to the “real” world. The PYP curriculum has an international perspective where the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds is welcomed and celebrated.

English Literacy

Whether a child is a native English speaker or an English language learner, language and literacy are foundational components of the TCIS elementary school. Classroom teachers at all grade levels deliver reading and writing instruction in developmentally-appropriate ways and help to encourage children where they are at in their learning. The K-5 reading specialist works with teachers and students to offer focused instruction and additional opportunities to advance reading competency in each student. The elementary school library/learning commons promote reading in additional ways that create a culture of fun and enjoyment around reading.

English Language Learning

For students who are learning English as a second or third language, there is additional support. Students meet with specialist teachers for instruction and guidance while still integrating into the overall classroom learning experience. Classroom teachers and language learning specialists collaborate to ensure that the entire process is positive and productive. This model helps children to progress in all subjects while they learn English. They receive appropriate instruction, as well as the learning and social benefits of immersion in the class.

BOOST Elementary Activities

Students at this age engage in our BOOST Activities Program, designed to give children the opportunity to join a wide range of activities every school year. There are options to engage in sports/movement, visual arts, performing arts, culture, academics, and special interests. With activities operating on a rotational trimester basis, students can continually try something new or choose to stay with some activities for a while longer to explore their interest further.

Read more about the BOOST Activities Program for elementary students.


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