Our Early Years Unit offers a nurturing bilingual environment where our young students learn in two languages from the start. During these important years, they acquire the basic skills in English, French and Mathematics. Social Studies (including science, history and geography) is presented through Learning Units designed to encourage curiosity and understanding of the environment. Creative arts (music, art and drama) develop the imagination as well as a range of aesthetic values. Physical Education is also an important part of the programme.
We offer a balanced literacy programme in both English and French that includes:
Listening and Speaking
developing oral fluency in both languages
learning to listen to others
speaking clearly and confidently in public
reading aloud to students
shared reading when students and teachers talk about the literature
guided reading where teachers teach specific reading skills and strategies
independent reading when children can choose books of their interests.
Writing serves as a communicative and expressive tool and from an early age children are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes. The writing stages are:
interactive writing, when teachers and students work together
shared writing, where the teacher models different kinds of writing
guided writing, where the teacher teaches specific skills and strategies
independent writing, where students write for themselves.
Our goal is that students become fluent users of the language of mathematics, its uses and applications and are able to understand and apply the concepts taught. Whenever appropriate, mathematics will be integrated into the Learning Units and other areas of the curriculum to allow students to recognize and use mathematics in real and meaningful contexts. Numerous manipulatives, technology, and printed resources are available to aid students in their investigative work as they build their understanding concept by concept to an ever increasing level of abstraction.
At ISM, the teaching of all mathematical concepts is first of all in English and then reinforced and practised in French.
The traditional subjects of History, Geography, Science and Health are presented in our Learning Units. The aim of this part of the curriculum is to encourage students to be curious about their environment and the world around them and to begin to ask questions especially the question "why". Children build on their knowledge and experience by looking, listening, communicating, asking questions, exploring and inventing.
This encompasses visual arts, music and drama and participation in this programme develops the imagination, makes children more sensitive to their environment, heightens their critical awareness and contributes to the development of personal taste. It also develops a range of aesthetic values and understanding of other cultures.
Science and Technology
Science is primarily presented through the Learning Units which promotes an investigative approach to the curriculum where students will develop observational skills and will use these to identify patterns and start making predictions. They will also begin to show care and respect for themselves and for the environment.
All students have physical education lessons which are planned to improve their physical skills and teach them how to participate in individual and team games.
Personal and Social Education
The school's Code of Conduct and Student Profile form the framework for our Personal and Social Education programme. Teachers nurture the social and emotional skills of the earlier years, guiding the child from a very egocentric world towards a feeling ofrespect and responsibility towards the group as a whole. They build self-esteem and confidence and foster a positive attitude towardslearning.
Information Technology is an integral part of the school's curriculum and students are taught basic computer skills from the very earliest years.
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