Primary school is designed for children aged 5–11. Curriculum is divided into 6 transdisciplinary themes:
- Who we are
- Where we are in space and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organize ourselves
- How we share the planet
Each Unit of Inquiry (UOI) is tied to one of the themes. UOIs are comprised of a central idea and up to three lines of inquiry. The Unit, which incorporates all subject areas, takes between six and seven weeks. Homeroom and specialist teachers work collaboratively to enhance a holistic learning experience of the students. Home learning tasks are given on a weekly basis and are age and content appropriate.
21st Century Education
School materials are usually forgotten. How many adults remember what have happened in Russia in 1613? ISK's method is not memorizing, but perception. A child comes to the knowledge through his experience.
At school there are 20 models of education, and only one of them is a lecture. A child chooses the most convenient model by himself. It happens unconsciously at early age that is why teachers monitor their students closely and individually correct each of them. Therefore, the teaching process is adapted for a student and not vice versa.
International school of Kazan is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
**Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
If a child doesn’t speak English
Our non-native English speaking students are provided with extra support to aid their English language acquisition. This ensures that they are able to work towards reaching grade level expectations in all disciplines and subject areas. Our ESL teachers support these students in two ways: inside the classroom or take students for small group instruction.
The ESL teachers collaborate with the homeroom teachers to ensure that the support that students receive is tailored to directly impact the knowledge needed to excel in the classroom and beyond. This support allows students to gain more confidence in themselves and their abilities.