Upper Primary School

How do we enable our students to become lifelong learners? That is the question that drives the curriculum in ISHR’s Primary School. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) provides the framework for a lifetime of inquiry by teaching our students to be curious about the world, develop confidence, and express their opinions while respecting the differing opinions of others. We focus on the development of the whole child in every area of learning; academic, emotional, and social learning are all valued.

General information

General information

Students are encouraged to become globally aware, culturally sensitive, and open-minded citizens who celebrate the fact that they attend a school with a diversity of cultures and beliefs. They are also encouraged to become balanced individuals with a wide range of sporting, artistic, academic, and cultural interests. Whether your child is interested in maintaining the school garden or joining the Roots and Shoots club after lunch, there are multiple opportunities for each student to express their individuality. We hold regular sporting events, musical concerts, and offer a wide range of in and after-school activities for our students that includes everything from Lego robotics to theatre training.

ISHR’s Upper Primary School encompasses students in Grade Two through Grade Five. We are an English medium school, but we recognise that language acquisition and respect for each other's mother tongue is essential. Our students begin learning German in Grade One, and we have a Mother Tongue program in place to assist students in maintaining their home language. We understand that our students arrive at ISHR with varying skills in English, and we have English as Second Language (ESL) Learning Specialists who provide extra assistance in English for those students who are learning English for the first time. Additionally, learning specialists and counsellors are on-hand to provide our students with academic, emotional, and/or social support when needed.

The ISHR Upper Primary School curriculum includes the core subject areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, as well as Music, Visual Art, German, Personal and Social Education, and Physical Education. Using technology responsibly is woven into all areas of the curriculum, and students have access to iPads, computers, and SmartBoards throughout the day.

Parent involvement and encouragement is an important part of the IB PYP learning model, and there are many things you can do to help support your child’s learning:  

  • Maintaining regular contact with the school. 
  • Sharing books with your child, reading to them and with them. 
  • Supporting your child’s first language. 
  • Assisting your child with research projects, and encouraging them to develop their interests. 
  • Encouraging your child to ask questions, and helping them to seek the answers. 
  • Encouraging your child to attain the attributes of the PYP Learner profile, and praising their attempts to do so. 
  • Attending curriculum information sessions and parent/teacher conferences at school. 
  • Showing a positive attitude towards learning, and modelling the Learner profile characteristics yourself 

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 Grades 1 and 2

Curriculum Guide Grades 3 and 4

Curriculum Guide Grade 5

ISHR Assessment Policy



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IB PYP Programme

From Grade 1 through Grade 5, ISHR students follow the authorized and evaluated IB Primary Years Program (PYP), which is a child-centered program of learning through inquiry using a holistic and constructivist approach.

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Immersive 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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