The IB Primary Years Programme offers an inquiry-based, trandisciplinary approach to learning. It provides ideal preparation for the next stage in students' education.
The PYP encourages children to take responsibility for their own learning and builds their skills to become lifelong learners.
The IB is committed to making sure that students in IB programmes meet and exceed local or national standards.* www.ibo.org.
At RIS, your child:
- Develops a deep understanding of important concepts
- Conducts research into knowledge, which has local and global significance
- Acquires and practices a range of essential skills
- Is encouraged to develop positive attitudes towards learning, the environment and other people
- Has the opportunity for involvement in responsible action and social service
Students who complete the IB PYP at RIS will have established a personal set of values that will lay the foundation for international mindedness to develop and flourish.
The PYP Exhibition
- Students in the final year of the PYP (Year 6 at RIS), carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as the PYP exhibition.
- This involves students working collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or problems. Students collectively synthesise all of the essential elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community.
- It also provides teachers with a powerful and authentic process for assessing student understanding.
- The exhibition represents a unique and significant opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile developed throughout their engagement with the PYP.
- It also provides the school community with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the transition of learners to the next phase of their education. www.ibo.org
All Elementary classes take full advantage if the wooded areas of the natural parkland surrounding us. Our outdoor learning programme encourages curiosity and exploration with all senses.
Beyond the classroom
Excursions and visits to places of interest are carefully planned and extend the knowledge, skills and understanding gained in the classroom.
The transition to Middle School
- Our Middle School starts with Year 7 and students will be expected to show the relevant competences in English and Mathematics, in the form of oral and written assessment. Year 6 teachers will be consulted about all individual cases in good time during their final year of Elementary School.
- Students intending to follow the Middle School mainstream Italian programme leading to the Italian licenza media exam will also be expected to pass assessment tests in Italian.
Ages 6 to 11: Year 1 to Year 6
At RIS, Elementary students are at the centre of the learning process, constructing knowledge, problem-solving, collaborating, reflecting and taking appropriate action.
Year 1 to Year 3 - 09.00 to 15.20
Year 4 to Year 6 - 08.50 to 15.30
After-school activities available.
LEGO® Education Resources
RIS, as a Globeducate ICS school, the introduction of LEGO® Education resources is one of the ways we are gradually bringing in an integrated STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Maths) programme.
Check out this video of our Year 6 students thoroughly enjoyed building and coding PrimeCuber, a 'robot' that can solve the Rubik's Cube puzzle!
- The school uses differentiation in the classroom as well as critical and creative problem-solving and thinking skills to ensure that all of our students are working with purposeful, engaging and active learning situations.
Weekly assemblies are held to celebrate and share learning and talent.
The use of technology is embedded into everyday learning. Tools such as Toddle enable students to create a digital portfolio, reflect, communicate and share their learning with their parents and teachers.
- Starting from Year 3, students will be given the chance to study either Arabic or Chinese within the curriculum by mother tongue teachers. French and Spanish are offered as extra-curricular activities from Year 3. These languages can be pursued as curriculum options in the Middle School and High School.
- First language Italian speakers can prepare for the Italian Ministerial Programme (optional), commencing in Year 1.
- The school also has specialist teachers for EAL (English as an Additional Language) and IAL (Italian as an Additional Language) for those children who require additional support.
Music and Physical Education
- The children have lessons with specialist teachers for Physical Education and Music.
- There is also a full-time librarian who works with all the classes.