Primary Education

Welcome to the ISH Primary Department

Our primary department is comprised of the Early Years for children aged 4-5, and the Primary Years for children between the ages of 5-11. 

In Primary we focus on three areas of learning; subject, personal and international. We plan, teach, and assess knowledge, skills and understanding in different ways, to cater for all our students' needs. International mindedness and global competence are at the core of our programmes.

An international minded person is curious and open minded. They appreciate as well as think critically about different viewpoints and perspectives. They communicate respectfully and expand their knowledge of self, community and the world.  A globally competent person is internationally minded and acts upon that mindset. They discuss, engage with and act on significant issues to work towards creating positive change both locally and globally.

This all shapes our definition of learning:

"Learning is a life long journey of gathering knowledge, developing skills and deepening understanding."

Early Years (ages 4-5)

In the Early Years, children are taught through active, play based learning. Children explore opportunities to develop strong foundations for their learning journey by working within the guidance of the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.
It is comprised of the following prime and specific areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language development
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

By the end of the Early Years, most children will have acquired early reading and number skills and explored Dutch as an additional language or mother tongue.

More about EYFS

A Day in Early Years

Primary Years (ages 5-11)

In the Primary Years, learning guidance is taken from the British National Curriculum and The International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

We use the English National Curriculum to teach English and Mathematics. This is a structured academic curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of all students. The core of the curriculum consists of a wide range of differentiated teaching and learning activities that excite, challenge and support children, whatever their interests or ability.

We use the IPC framework to provide a thematic, multi-disciplinary approach to learning:

  • History
  • Geography 
  • Science
  • ICT and Computing,
  • Design, Technology, and Innovation
  • Art
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Music
  • Physical Education. 

The IPC is a creative, motivating curriculum which has children’s learning at the center. It actively promotes personal learning goals alongside curriculum content. 

In addition to subject and personal learning, the IPC aims to nurture children to become internationally minded and globally competent world citizens. We encourage children to be:  adaptable, empathetic, ethical, resilient, respectful, communicators, collaborators and thinkers.

A Day in Primary