The Lower School at ISN provides for children aged 4 to 11 and is contained in a separate wing of the school complete with its own library, art room, EAL room and playground. Children are placed in homeroom groupings in the care of a main teacher and receive instruction in all of the core subject areas – Language and Literature, Math, Social Studies, Science and Art– from that teacher. Music, Physical Education, French and EAL are taught by single subject teachers. The Science and Social Studies curriculum is taught through trandisciplinary units of inquiry and when there are authentic links with other subject areas these are also taught through the unit.
Find out more here : International School of Nice - Programme of Inquiry PreK to Grade 5 2016-2017
The Lower School at ISN is an IB PYP Authorised School. Find out more HERE.
Lower School in Video
The guideline which ISN adapts for placement is age on the 1st September. The placement of students in an international school is a complex issue. Students come from all kinds of national and international systems with as many types of preparation which emphasize different skills and areas of knowledge. The situation is further complicated by the fact that students start their formal schooling at different ages, and depending on the hemisphere, at different times of the year. The nomenclature is also different, sometimes using different numbers or letters to indicate what is in reality the same grade or age level. What we have found is that the one most consistently accurate guideline for placing students is age. This allows students to be working at an appropriate developmental and intellectual level.
A feature of the teaching in the Lower School is that it is focused on the individual needs of children. Classes are small with a maximum of 22/23 students per class and the approach is always one of the development of the whole child and not only academic development.
French is taught to all students who are fluent in English and different levels are offered from beginners to bi-lingual.