Lower Primary School: The Early Years

At ISHR, we believe that children learn most effectively through play, social interactions, and a rich variety of inquiry experiences. Our Lower Primary School section is an English language kindergarten for local and international children between the ages of 3-6 (Mixed Kindergarten, Sr. Kindergarten, and Grade 1); students can join us once they turn three years old. We offer small groups where learning is hands-on, support is individual, and children and cultures from all over the world are celebrated. Using the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), our teachers work with students to problem solve, reflect, and question. In addition to group activities, our students engage in music, art, library and physical education classes, and we spend a lot of time playing and inquiring in our onsite playground dedicated to our youngest learners.

General information

General information

Students aged 3-6 (Mixed Kindergarten, Sr. Kindergarten, and Grade 1) enrolled in the Lower Primary School section of ISHR follow the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Primary Years Program (IB-PYP).

Our lower Primary School embraces ISHR's philosophy of education. It is committed to stimulating and developing each child's individual abilities and qualities to their highest potential. This is achieved by providing a stimulating, safe, nurturing and creative environment. The PYP empowers the students to lead a fulfilling and productive life in an increasingly changing world. It is based upon active learning experiences, creative problem solving within authentic contexts, and a deep belief in the uniqueness of each learner. Each child is valued and enabled to discover and appreciate who they are, what they may become and what they can contribute to the family, school, state and the world. The programme encourages understanding and appreciation of world cultures and a respect for the world’s environment.

Our Lower Primary School aims to provide early childhood education for the international community. It is a program of full English immersion, in a classroom which is non competitive and adult supported. It aims to provide a foundation for the development of skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding required for successful participation in school and community life. The programme provides a secure, stimulating and supportive environment for children, where learning takes place and creative expression is encouraged. The programme is designed for children to make meaningful choices and share responsibilities as they go through the learning process.

The Lower Primary School programme includes core subjects of Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science as well as Art, Music and Physical Education. Play is an essential component in our curriculum. Through play, children acquire skills that will enable them to explore their own environment, solve problems, work co-operatively and achieve success.

Children learn continuously in every environment, especially at home and at school. It is important that close contact is established between parents and teachers. The support of parents is essential in developing a good attitude towards school and work. For more information about what constitutes an IB Education, please view this video. 

Useful Links

Useful PYP Links

There is a wealth of information available concerning the IB PYP Programme and about ISHR's curriculum and assessment policies. Below are a few links that we think are useful for parents:

What You Need to Know About the IB PYP Programme

PYP General Regulations

Rules for IB World Schools: PYP Programme

Curriculum Guide Early Years

Curriculum Guide Grades 1 and 2

ISHR Assessment Policy

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IB PYP Programme

The IB PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.

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Experiential learning

From our on-campus garden, to outdoor learning activities, to field trips, learning beyond the classroom is an essential component of an ISHR education.

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