PRIMARY SCHOOL PORTAL
On this part of the ISS site you will find regularly updated information relating to all matters in the Primary School. Letters to parents, social media updates, details of courses of study, and long term plans outlining the topics that students are studying over the course of the year.
By clicking the 'Classes' button below, you will also find the specific homework each class has been set, together with details of when it is due and any other important information and announcements that students need to be aware of in that class.
We would like to encourage all students and parents to visit these pages as often as possible, and if you have any suggestions for items you would like to see here, or any queries relating to the ISS Primary School, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Mrs Andrewartha PGCE MA (Hons)
Head of Primary and Deputy Headmistress
"We believe that education is a vital component in the process of human development and every child should have the opportunity to fulfill his or her academic potential, succeeding at his or her own level across the curriculum”
Our curriculum is based on the internationally recognised National Curriculum of England, supported by the Cambridge Primary Curriculum. We focus on a series of achievements and objectives, around which our topics and activities are structured. All teaching resources such as reading books, text books, interactive displays, teaching support resources and a multitude of other resources are ordered and sourced from the UK. Every classroom has access to a multimedia suite with access to the internet and school server. The school has two state-of-the-art computer suites with direct high speed optical ADSL connection to the Internet.
Every aspect of the childrens' work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable children to communicate appropriately and effectively.
Furthermore we teach English daily as part of our enriched creative curriculum, which links Literacy skills to all other curriculum areas, including Science, History and Geography. Reading and spelling patterns are taught initially using the guidance of the ‘Read, Write, Inc.’ synthetic phonics programme through daily phonics practice.
The programme is introduced in the Reception class and consolidated throughout Years 1 to 6. This programme is complemented by the use of the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme, as well as a full library of exciting fiction and non-fiction texts.
Considerable importance is attached to children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. We encourage children to enjoy Numeracy by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence.
There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for children to use and apply Mathematics in real life situations and to explain their mathematical reasoning.
Mathematics is taught through a daily Numeracy lesson which follows the principles of the New Primary Curriculum.
In order to develop Mathematical skills in all children, each lesson is fully differentiated to allow provision for all learners. Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.
To enable the acquisition of a systematic, scientific approach to learning, developing useful knowledge, skills and attitudes about the world in which we live, Science experience is presented to the children in a practical, relevant context. Systematic inquiry, analysis of problems, formation of ideas, their testing and modification are encouraged through whole class, group or individual investigations and project work, designed to arouse the children's natural curiosity.
Digital literacy focuses on the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication. Computers and other technological aids are used throughout the school. Computing is taught as a discrete subject and as a means of supporting other areas of the curriculum. The new Computing curriculum places a strong emphasis on coding, and recently we introduced a new Robotics unit. We also include regular teaching of e-safety to ensure that children feel confident when using computers and the Internet, and know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or that makes them feel uncomfortable.
The Foundation Subjects of Art, Design Technology, Music, History, Geography and International Studies are taught through a selection of international topic based themes. The ISS Creative Curriculum provides a cross-curricular, thematic, rigorous teaching structure designed to engage children of all abilities in today’s world.
Music is integral to the ISS curriculum in the Primary School and is taught within the framework of the curriculum by our dedicated specialist music teacher, Dan the Music Man. Private music lessons are also available throughout the school day.
Art is a very popular part of the school week with a huge array of different disciplines within the Art, Design and Technology sphere of the curriculum on offer.
PE, Swimming & Sport
Children from Reception to Year 6 have two hours of Physical Education timetabled per week, through which we develop several key areas of activity including Dance, Games, Gymnastics,
Athletics, Outdoor and Adventurous activities and Swimming. All children have a swimming lesson every week by a qualified swimming coach in the outdoor swimming pool on site.
In addition to this, all pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 take part in a weekly Team Sports session, which develops abilities in all team sports, including Handball, Basketball, Football, Cricket and many more.
Mandarin, Spanish & Thai
The Languages program aims to provide students with a motivating and meaningful learning experience of Mandarin, Spanish and Thai as well as the cultures of those countries. The interactive teaching approach with a variety of hands-on learning activities and performance-based tasks, encourages children to actively participate in learning. They interact with their teacher and their peers to develop their oral communicative skills. The program also integrates the language culture with the language study by celebrating major festivals and introducing other traditions.
In every class, students speak, read and write in the language of the lesson as each of these elements is an essential component of language acquisition. Almost all teacher-student interaction is in the native language being taught, and class activities create situations in which students speak to each other in Spanish, Mandarin or Thai. This approach maximises the opportunity for language development. Students learn vocabulary related to specific topics and themes. At the same time, increasingly sophisticated language structures are introduced. The combination allows students to express more and more complex ideas in a well-paced program that emphasises understanding over memorisation.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
At the ISS Primary School we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class & school councils, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in community activities.
Children are given varied opportunities in PSHE and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.