St. Mary's An IB World School

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Lower School

The Lower School curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Students learn about themselves, the world around them and how they interact in an inquiry-driven, interdisciplinary and concept rich curriculum.

The Primary Years Programme: 

  • Encourages international-mindedness in IB students.
  • Encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries and developing their awareness of the process of learning so that they become lifelong learners.
  • Reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real issues.
 
In Kindergarten through Grade 5, students explore six units of inquiry each year. These six to eight-week transdisciplinary units are investigations into important ideas and require a high level of involvement on the part of the students. In each grade level, the themes revolve around the following topics:
 
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize ourselves
Sharing the planet
 

In addition to the critical thinking skills developed through these units, students also learn all the skills necessary to effectively communicate their understandings. Reading, writing, mathematics and information skills are embedded into the entire program. The school also offers exploratory classes in music, Spanish, physical education, art, technology and Christian Enrichment. By blending IB learning and traditional skills learning in the classroom, Lower School students are well prepared to transition into Middle School.