Elementary School Curriculum


Academic Program Overview

The elementary academic program is provided by classroom teachers and co-curricular teachers. Classroom teachers are responsible for teaching English Language Arts, Mathematics, and IPC (see below for more information). Co-curricular teachers are responsible for a variety of specialized subjects not taught by classroom teachers. Collaboration among classroom teachers and co-curricular teachers is encouraged as it provides students with an interdisciplinary education.

English Language Arts & Mathematics

ISKR uses AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  These can be found at projectaero.org.

AERO standards are internationally focused, but provide alignment with Common Core Standards used in the United States.

These standards are supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council.

English Language Arts

Literacy includes reading, writing, and the creative and analytical acts involved in producing and comprehending texts. Reading and writing are important to ensure success in school, on the job, and in society. Today’s expectations, however, encompass more than the ability to read, write, speak, and listen. These expectations include use of oral and written language to make sense of the world and to communicate, problem solve, and participate in decision-making. The foundation for these literacy skills is language and an understanding of how language works.

In 2008, The National Council of Teachers of English defined 21st century literacy skills as:

  • Developing proficiency with the tools of technology
  • Building relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Designing and sharing information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
  • Managing, analyzing, and synthesizing multiple streams of simultaneous information
  • Creating, critiquing, analyzing, and evaluating multi-media texts
  • Attending to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

(From: AERO Framework for English and Language Arts)


Our mathematics curriculum uses many of the principles associated with Singaporean mathematics programs while drawing from American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards to ensure vertical alignment between grade levels and an international standard for the scope and sequence of the program.

Our math program provides students with a strong foundational base in the beginning where students focus on building skills in numeracy using concrete examples and processes. We believe it’s important to spend as much time as is needed to master skills before moving on toward more difficult skills and concepts.

Our mathematics program uses a three-step learning model, which consistently introduces concepts in a progression. It moves from the concrete to visual representation and then on to the more abstract (questioning and solving written equations).

Students are taught not only to know how to do something but also why it works.

Curriculum documentation showing sequenced content, resources, and skills for each grade level can be provided by the classroom teacher or the Elementary Principal upon request.

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

The IPC was formally adopted at the beginning of  academic year 2014-2015 with full implementation beginning in academic year 2015-2016. The IPC replaces our former science and social studies curriculums with a more interdisciplinary, thematic approach to learning.

IPC also allows for more inquiry based approaches to teaching and learning. Simply put, IPC allows for students to complete more project based learning, develop research skills using technology, complete open ended critical thinking tasks, and perform more real-world based experiments. Units typically take 3-12 weeks to complete and have been aligned as an elementary school to ensure coverage of a variety of content and skills within and between grade levels.

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is used in schools all over the world. Currently this includes nearly 1,800 national and international schools in over 90 countries.

Learning with the International Primary Curriculum means that children focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that is exciting and challenging. The aim of the IPC is to help every child enjoy the learning of a wide range of subjects and to develop an enquiring mind, the personal attributes that will help throughout teenage and adult years, and to develop a sense of his or her own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Through the IPC approach to learning children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

The IPC was introduced in 2000 and has been successfully meeting the learning needs of children for many years. It took four years with leading educational thinkers, school leaders, highly skilled teachers and curriculum writers to create the IPC. Its continued development today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and the increasing understanding of how children learn.

The IPC is a part of Fieldwork Education which, since 1984, has been helping schools all around the world to develop children’s learning.  For more information about the IPC visit www.greatlearning.com/ipc. (From: International Primary Curriculum Overview)

More information can be provided by your child’s classroom teacher or by the Elementary Principal

Co-curricular & World Language Program Overview

Students will participate in French and Physical Education (PE) twice or three times weekly on alternating days depending on French level and grouping. Students will be combined as grades 2/3 and grades 4/5 and split into four levels of French: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and francophone (fluent). Grade 1 will participate in French classes as two sections. French classes and alternate day PE classes are assigned based on previous experience with French Language demonstrated by school records and/or a placement assessment.

ISKR offers leveled French lessons, including a French mother-tongue program taught by native speakers.

Students will participate in Information and Computer Technology (ICT), Library, PHSE (Personal Health & Social Education), Art and Drama once per week. These classes will be taught by specialist co-curricular and world language teachers. In the case of larger classes, some co-curricular sections may be split into different sections to create smaller groups. The decision to split classes is decided by the school leadership team. Music is taught by classroom teachers once per week in grades 1-3, while grades 4 and 5 have music once per semester with a specialist teacher.

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Grade 3 Parent Guide
Grade 4 Parent Guide
Grade 5 Parent Guide