Primary Years Curriculum | SISD

The Primary School at SISD encompasses Grades 1-5. Students in the Primary School follow the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), a curriculum framework that is learner-centred, enquiry driven, concept-based and transdisciplinary.

Our bilingual options

At SISD, we currently offer two fully immersive bilingual streams: English/French and English/German. We define bilingualism as the regular use of two or more different languages in daily life. Therefore, a bilingual person is able to communicate, think and reflect in (at least) two different languages, even if one of the languages remains dominant. Bilingualism is designed to offer learners the chance to develop international-mindedness, to broaden their skills and capabilities and to acquire the information needed to access other cultures.

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Brian Nolan, Deputy Head of Primary Years – ‘SISD uses the IB Learner Profile to structure and guide our development of caring, adaptive, and resilient learners who are equipped to succeed in the 21st century. Our approach is centred around the development and support of the student through reflection and positive action taking. Our behaviour management protocol is balanced and relies on authentic and meaningful engagement with students, teachers, and parents. This ultimately makes SISD a very warm, kind and supportive place to be. We have received numerous amounts of praise and comments from parents, staff and in our various inspections, on the way we support and encourage children – a chance, choice and consequence approach. You only have to walk around our school and you will see that every door will be held open by a child – it’s about mutual respect, good manners and treating every child as an individual.’

1) English / French stream

Bilingual Grade 1-3

Bilingual co-teaching English/French

  • Core subjects (Language, Maths, Science and Social Studies) taught in both languages​
  • 6 lessons of Arabic (A and B) and 3 sessions of Islamic Studies for Muslims  per week (Grade 1 – 3) ​

Bilingual Grade 4-5 

One week in English and one week in French

  • Core subjects (Language, Maths, Science and Social Studies) taught in both languages​
  • 5 lessons of Arabic (A and B) and 2 sessions of Islamic studies ​per week (Grade 4 – 5)​

English / German stream

Bilingual Grade 1-3

Bilingual co-teaching English/German

  • Core subjects (Language, Maths, Science and Social Studies) taught in both languages​
  • 6 lessons of Arabic (A and B) and 3 sessions of Islamic Studies for Muslims  per week (Grade 1 – 3) ​

Bilingual Grade 4-5 

One week in English and one week in German

  • Core subjects (Language, Maths, Science and Social Studies) taught in both languages​
  • 5 lessons of Arabic (A and B) and 2 sessions of Islamic studies ​per week (Grade 4 – 5)​

IB STEAM

We follow the framework of the IB Primary Years Programme

This programme allows students to develop a wider range, wider scope of knowledge in the STEAM areas through project-based learning.​ All subjects are taught in English and learners attend three additional language lessons per week. During these lessons, the qualified additional language teacher communicates systematically in the target language, using an inquiry-driven approach while following a specific language acquisition curriculum. Learners build the communicative language skills and competencies they will use as global citizens. The school’s unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to French, German and Arabic through the daily contact with native speakers.

Grade 1 – 5

  • All subjects are taught in English
  • 3 lessons of French or German per week
  • 4 STEAM lessons/week
  • Up to 6 lessons of Arabic (A and B)
    per week (Grade 1 – 3)
  • Up to 5 lessons of Arabic (A and B)
    per week (Grade 4 – 5)