ISG is a wonderful and caring school where teachers look out for the needs of students and help them to succeed in an all-round manner.
Ranjan-Kumar family from India
The fun and holistic learning environments in our Pre-Primary classes ensure that our youngest students love coming to school. Integrated topics of work from the Early Years programme of the International Primary Curriculum form the basis of all language, craft and expressive art activities. Through engaging topics, children learn about the world around them.
Rich learning experiences to develop pupils’ English language skills are at the heart of learning in Pre-Primary. Oral language activities (speaking and listening) are integrated fully into the daily programme in pre-primary in a fun and engaging way. Through listening to stories, singing, class discussions, role-playing, digital learning apps and more, children continually develop their oral language skills. For children who are just starting to learn English, a lot of visual cues and modelling are used to develop comprehension. Lower Pre-Primary children learn the alphabet and letter recognition, while in Upper Pre-Primary, pupils start the Jolly Phonics programme and take their first steps in learning how to read and write.
Lower Pre-Primary pupils practice how to count and recognise numbers up to 20 in a fun and interactive manner. Upper Pre-Primary pupils practise counting up to 100 and the basic number bonds up to 10 through the math programme Mathemagic level 1 and 2.
All pupils receive one Dutch language lesson a week. For Pre-Primary children this is an initiation into the language through learning simple commands and vocabulary and simple songs and rhymes.
Sport and Swimming
All pupils have a weekly sports lesson, and a bi-weekly swimming lesson.
During sports children are challenged in multiple ways so they become confident and versatile in various physically demanding settings. They develop co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills, speed, fitness, etc. so that they can later succeed and excel in specific sports. In addition, the social aspect of sports and sportsmanship is also an essential part of the classes.
At ISG we have our own swim programme which incorporates learning how to swim and water safety. Upper Pre-Primary children (born 2014) work towards levels 1 and 2 of the programme which include moving in the water, submerging and picking up objects, and floating on their front and back.
All pupils receive a weekly music lesson from a talented specialised music teacher. During music classes, children from Lower Pre-Primary through to Grade 6 are challenged to join in different musical activities. Children are given lots of opportunities to sing, move to music and rhythm, and understand musical patterns and cues. The children will conduct, play, invent, improvise, compose and follow and lead in musical games.
Through these music classes the children will develop awareness of their body and their voice. They will develop their coordination as they start feeling a groove, beat or rhythm and they will listen to great recordings of the classical music heritage. During musical activities children will be able to play a variety of percussion instruments with pupils from Grade 3 given the opportunity to learn the recorder.
During music classes the children will get to learn and experience the beauty of choral and instrumental music from around the world by singing, playing, moving and listening! We have a Primary school choir and bi-weekly school assemblies where we celebrate and sing together! These lessons develop children’s rhythm and beat and encourage a love of music. Through learning a wide repertoire of songs, often related to our IPC topics, singing enhances children's learning but also improves their vocabulary.
ISG places a lot of importance on understanding, developing and celebrating personal values. Every month we focus on one of the following eight values. We talk about what they mean and try to practise them.
- Enquiry Adaptability
- Resilience Morality
- Communication Respect
- Thoughtfulness Cooperation
ISG embraces learning outside of the classroom. Classes go on regular field trips linked to the current IPC topic. This may include visiting a museum, gallery, observatory, farm or even the local bakery!
The use of ICT as a tool for learning is integrated within the classroom programme through the use of different websites and educational apps on iPads and laptops. Classes also use digital school boards to develop IT skills and enhance learning.