"They provide a learning environment that motivates students. There are very dedicated teachers who are very supportive and interested in the students' further development, academically and socially." ISS Family Survey 2015
Learning in an interlingual and intercultural environment is at the heart of each child’s experience in Primary Years.
This is achieved through
- a dual language approach: The school community’s linguistic diversity is valued and celebrated. Maintaining a child’s mother tongue is viewed as an essential part in promoting a child’s linguistic and cognitive development. Therefore, whenever possible, the child’s conceptual development progresses in their mother tongue, whilst the child acquires an additional language in the classroom.
- collaborative learning and teaching within a multi-disciplinary curricular framework: The curriculum integrates languages, mathematics, science, design, humanities, sport, drama, music and the visual arts and is mainly taught through six research units. Each collaborative teaching team, comprising the class teacher, German team teacher and specialist subject teachers, carefully plans a range of learning opportunities that not only draws on children’s linguistic and cultural experiences, but also brings children together in collaboration whilst exploring academic disciplines.
- an inquiry based approach to learning: Children’s own knowledge and experiences, languages and cultures are the essential fundament in inquiry based learning. Exploration, formulating perceptive questions, attentive listening, articulating and presenting ideas, opinions and discoveries are important processes within this inquiry approach.
- fostering international mindedness: Children are encouraged to be open to the cultural diversity within the school community by developing and sharing their own personal identities, intercultural skills and interests.