Two Lower School students smile at the camera

Lower School Curriculum

Explore our Lower School Curriculum
Two lower school students

We encourage exploration, experimentation, and learning through play.

We believe it is vital to nourish natural enthusiasm for learning and to build confidence and self-esteem. Our teachers promote cross-cultural understanding and differentiate instruction to meet our students’ varying needs, abilities, and learning styles. We nurture curiosity and imagination, and build children’s abilities to solve problems. Through our balanced educational programme, and within a safe, stimulating environment, each child can learn and grow to his/her fullest potential.

We use a team teaching approach to differentiate instruction for students who require additional learning support, English as an additional language or challenge extension. Children’s progress is frequently assessed, and the results provide the basis for further instructional decisions.

The lower school spans from Pre-kindergarten through Grade 4. Each class has one full time teacher, and our Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten classes are also staffed with a full time teaching assistant.

What subjects to expect

Our curriculum revolves around a core of language (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), mathematics, science, and social studies. We provide a strong academic foundation, and we encourage students to be creative, think critically, communicate, and collaborate.

Students visit specialists for instruction in art, music, physical education, coding and media, languages and cultures (Pre-kindergarten-Grade 2) and Spanish (Grades 3 and 4). Students also visit the library regularly.

Wherever possible, units are cross-curricular and students engage in hands-on learning. Students have the opportunity to explore authentic project-based activities across all curricular areas.

Teacher reads to children in the lower school library

Reading & Writing

Our primary goal is to encourage children to become enthusiastic, motivated, and confident lifelong communicators.

The classroom teacher, librarian, and support services teachers work together at all levels to ensure individual reading materials are available for all children to develop a love of reading. 

Our writing curriculum is delivered in a workshop format and is comprised of a balance of teaching and craft writing, the writing process, writing genres, writing conventions, and grammar. As children move through the lower school, among other forms of writing, we focus on three main writing genres: narrative, information and opinion.

A young student works in the classroom

Mathematics

Our math curriculum focuses on understanding mathematical concepts so that they can be applied in a meaningful and purposeful way. Children engage in hands-on activities to build understanding, thus increasing their confidence with math in real life situations.

The various mathematical models throughout the curriculum build from concrete to abstract and there are explicit opportunities for students to engage in mathematical discussions with a focus on reasoning and constructing mathematical arguments. Instruction is differentiated to accommodate learning styles and abilities.