The Elementary School is proud of the high quality and large variety of special subjects available to students. These programs help to broaden the students’ interests and develop skills in a number of additional areas.
The Learning Hub is a dynamic space that offers a variety of experiences for ISB students. Students of all ages are encouraged to explore literature and to find books that match their interests.
PK to Grade 2 students meet with the librarian once every six days, and they are exposed to powerful literature and quality authors. In addition, this age level uses technology to read online, to research using databases, and to develop digital storytelling skills. Grades 3-5 meet regularly with the librarian, and the focus is a blend of print literacy and digital literacy. Students have access to a number of different technologies in the Hub: computer programs, iPods, playaway audio books, and iPads.
Parents are also invited to check out books from the Hub. They may take ten books at a time for a two-week period of time.
The Elementary Art Curriculum provides a framework for helping students learn the characteristics of the visual arts by using a wide range of subject matter, symbols, meaningful images, and visual expressions to reflect their ideas, feelings, and emotions.
The program incorporates art history, production, critique and aesthetics. The following skills and related techniques are developed throughout the program using a variety of media, such as: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and technology.
The elementary music program involves key music skills and related musical concepts in the five key strands of the curriculum. Many opportunities are provided for students to perform for each other and for whole school and/or parent audiences.
Through music we are able to transmit our cultural heritage and encourage students to become acquainted with other cultures. This is particularly important in an international community where cross-cultural experiences provided in part by the music program enhance ISB’s mission of developing caring global citizens.
Physical Education is an integral dimension of each student’s education that aims to enhance the physical wellness of each individual’s life. The Physical Education program teaches students how to demonstrate basic skills and concepts, and then successfully apply them in more complex and realistic contexts. It allows students to make increasingly independent choices about the activities and roles they pursue.
Each child has the opportunity to experience success in Physical Education and reach his or her potential within a safe environment, where managed risk taking is encouraged. They will relate to others in a positive manner and experience leadership opportunities while performing as individuals, in groups and in teams. Students will be encouraged to participate in creating healthy communities and environments by taking responsible and critical action.
NB: It is expected that students fully participate in all aspects of the physical education program, including the swimming unit. In addition, all students must wear their PE uniform and sneakers on the days their class receives PE instruction.
Learning an additional language enriches our understanding of the world, our ability to communicate with others and, ultimately, facilitates international understanding. At ISB we believe that communication is at the heart of the human experience and to thrive as global citizens, we need to effectively communicate within a wide range of multicultural contexts.
Our Elementary World Language program is exploratory in nature. It introduces the beginning stages of oral language learning, culture and communication. Following Thai government regulations, all Thai national ES students are enrolled in Thai language classes. Following Thai government regulations, all new ISB students and all Kindergarten students will be required to take Thai for one complete academic year. After that, Non Thai families may choose between Thai, Spanish or Mandarin as an additional language.
TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION LITERACY
In ISB’s Elementary School, technology and information literacy are integrated into units of study and into everyday classroom lessons. Teachers and students have access to a library media lab and mobile laptop carts with wireless internet connection. Students and teachers utilize a wide array of software and digital peripherals, which complement our hardware resources. Skills are taught independently and are integrated into learning throughout each unit of study.
A Technology Learning Coach, and a Librarian provide a variety of teacher and student learning support with the integration of ideas, curricular links, resources, in-class support and specific professional development opportunities. This integrated model sees technology as a tool to enhance teaching and learning, and not as a discrete subject to be taught once a cycle.
Our technology and information literacy model creates excitement amongst our students while giving them the skills that they need to help them achieve their academic potential.