Curriculum in Elementary
The ISO Elementary School team focuses on the holistic development of each child collaboratively to provide opportunities for personal, social, emotional and academic growth. Our comprehensive standards-based program of studies, supplemented with best practices from around the world, holds each individual to high expectations while encouraging creativity in a safe, print-rich, and nurturing environment.
At ISO we recognize that literacy learning begins in infancy and that children have many experiences with oral and written language before they officially start their schooling. Through a climate of trust and a healthy partnership between teachers and parents, our Pre-Kindergarten (pre-K or preschool) students are encouraged to build on their oral language, reading, writing and mathematics skills.
Our Kindergarten through Grade 5 curriculum is tailored to each student through individualized reading programs, spelling activities, and a writer’s workshop methodology.
Our Everyday Mathematics program is a spiral-bound curriculum which ensures ISO students receive exposure to the different mathematical strands on a regular basis. We teach these strands using a combination of hands-on practical activities, problem solving scenarios, the use of manipulatives and group work – all of which help reinforce the concepts being taught.
A hands-on approach is also used in Science, which encourages and challenges each student to investigate and experiment with a range of natural phenomena and materials in relevant contexts.
A well-resourced library and three media centers which house a combination of PCs and Macs ensure our students are able to research their topics in greater depth. Our full time librarian and specialist IT teacher convey the key skills and aspects of their respective disciplines as well as dovetailing with the teaching taking place in the classroom in order to support, reinforce, and extend student learning. Our library houses many categories of award-winning children’s literature and is a real hive of industry for many of our elementary reading enthusiasts.
Our PE team and arts department (music and fine arts) ensure our students receive a well-rounded education on a weekly basis. Twice weekly PE lessons (Pre K – Grade 5) coupled with a swimming session (Grades 1-5), music ensembles and celebrations, sports days, arts week, and school-wide musicals all embrace and add value to our core curriculum.
Our French department follows the program of studies of Alberta, which is based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References for languages). We cater for each elementary child’s needs by differentiating and grouping according to French language experience and ability. Running parallel with this program is our ESOL department that offers English language support to those transitioning from their mother tongue to English. This support is given from Grades 2-5 in the elementary school and carries an extra surcharge. We also have a full time student counselor and a Student Support Services team who work with students 1-to-1 and in small groups to ensure success on a daily basis.
Guests and Visitors
Enriching students’ learning experiences by arranging guest speakers is a service we happily provide for our students. We’re always on the lookout for workforce professionals and enthusiasts to enhance our students’ educational understanding of key concepts and societal roles – examples of these include, but are not limited to the following: stamp collecting, NGOs, doctors, lawyers, retail, supermarkets, printing shops, news presenters, journalists, those in construction, charitable work, dentists or veterinarians. If you have a profession or interest that you feel would benefit the elementary students of ISO, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s class teacher. Thank you for considering visiting the classroom to share your experiences and knowledge with our students.
ISO offers an extensive After School Activities (ASAs) program. Each quarter we provide a variety of ASAs to all ISO students that compliment and enrich a full day’s learning. On average, the elementary school offers 24 ASAs per quarter. For more information about our impressive ASAs program, please click on the following link:
Here at ISO we embrace the fact that learning also takes place outside the classroom. We believe that field trips should reflect and extend learning. Regular excursions allow students hands-on experiences, bringing abstract concepts to life. ISO encourages students to view each learning opportunity as a chance to explore, question, and grow developmentally. Safe and secure excursions are planned keeping in mind the curriculum, student interest, and experience. Permission slips are sent home well in advance of each trip and contain information pertinent to the specific details for the student. All field trips are appropriately supervised, and safe transport is provided. Where possible parents are encouraged to accompany our field trips to be apart of their child’s learning.
Transition Program: "Move to the Middle"
In recognition of the fact that the transition from the self-contained Elementary classroom to the departmentalized upper school classroom can cause students anxiety, ISO has developed a transitional program for ‘rising’ sixth-graders. At ISO we call this program, ‘Move to the Middle’. Annually in May, fifth grade students are assigned a middle school buddy whom they accompany to middle school classes. Discussion sessions are scheduled to allow fifth graders and their parents opportunities to ask the middle school faculty and administration questions pertaining to: expectations, workloads, schedules, activities and general day-to-day operations.