Elementary instruction is based on the US Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Language Arts, and AERO standards for Art, Social Studies, and Science.
Elementary teachers vary learning experiences based on the principles of active learning, student centered learning, and real world problem solving. Our lessons are planned with the child’s development and understanding in mind. We believe that the best learning happens with personal discovery and experimentation, with the child leading in his/her own learning.
Our goal is to nurture the whole child and thus we do not stop at teaching to standards. We also integrate teaching and learning focused on developing behaviors and attitudes that lead to success in daily work. Our Expected Student Learner Outcomes (ESLRs) based on the IB Learner Profile are embedded in the day-to-day experiences of students. Our teaching approach is aligned with IB PYP principles.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
Curriculum Resources include –
Kindergarten and first grade establish the foundation for every child’s learning adventure.
Our program is founded on American education standards and designed to help students develop the skills and habits which will lead them to success throughout their academic careers. The homeroom is the place to learn the fundamentals of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Lessons are designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners, and students have the opportunity to access and share knowledge in a variety of ways to ensure that they fully understand the material. Students also learn the social skills and expectations which are necessary to live, play and work in harmony with those around them.
With specialist Music, Art and PE teachers, weekly visits to the library and computer lab and regular field trips to explore the community around them GIFS Kindergarten students are valued and productive members of the school community.
Grade 2 and 3
By Second and Third grade, students have developed a solid understanding of the traits of the learner profile and are confident in applying these skills daily. They are continuing to hone their inquiry skills and taking more responsibility for their personal learning journey. Teachers integrate subject content for Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, Reading and Writing through a Program of Inquiry that is aligned to the Common Core standards.
Grade 4 and 5
In grade four and five students have a strong foundation of learning through inquiry. They are confident in their own abilities and continue to develop their research skills. Teachers integrate subject content for Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, Reading and Writing through a Program of Inquiry that is aligned to the Common Core standards. Grade five students complete their elementary experience with the PYP exhibition.