ISE Elementary School (Kindergarten to Grade 5)
In the grades KG-2, students build a foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics and reading. They also gradually become more aware of their learning habits and social-emotional aspects of their learning.
Routines established and reinforced in the primary grades develop strong work habits that benefit students throughout their education. In addition to learning many new concepts, students are taught to 9 work cooperatively with their peers and become increasingly independent. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes established in the upper grades (3-6) prepare students for their secondary education.
In the elementary school years, students are exposed to subjects outside their regular classroom to enrich their education at ISE. Students also take classes in art, physical education, music, technology and language from teachers who are specialists in these areas.
Differentiation is about helping all students to be continually challenged. All students are given the opportunity to meet curriculum expectations and achieve success. The means by which they meet these expectations may vary depending on student’s learning preferences and needs.
● That all students learn differently and should have an equal opportunity for success
● All students should be challenged at their appropriate level
● The curriculum should be accessible to all learners
● As students experience success we encourage self confident lifelong learners
● Differentiation improves instruction
ISE has adopted the Common Core Standards from the United States for their English language arts program.
The English language arts is divided into six strands:
● Reading: Literature
● Reading: Informational Text
● Reading: Foundational Skills
● Listening and Speaking
Emphasis is placed on students learning through active listening, speaking reading fiction and non-fiction and writing for a variety of purposes. Our program includes poetry, plays, non-fiction, short stories and novels. Children can also select appropriate, leveled reading material for reading at home or books that can be read to them by their parents. This approach allows children to develop a love of language and literature and to become confident well-rounded readers.
The teacher is a writing professional and coach, guiding authors as they explore their craft. Instead of spending the majority of class time on spelling tests, grammar worksheets, handwriting practice, and other isolated sub-skills of writing, Writer’s Workshop is designed to emphasize the act of writing itself. Students spend most of their time putting pencil to paper. Over time, students learn to choose their own topics and to manage their own development as they work through a wide variety of writing projects in a sustained and self-directed way.
The mathematics program aims to ensure that each student develops the mathematical foundation needed for future study. It provides experiences that help students make sense of mathematics and to view it and use it as a tool for reasoning and problem solving.
Math instruction at ISE is supported by the McGraw Hill My Math Series. This series provides a colorful and intuitive lesson format that is engaging and kid-friendly, making math fun and memorable. My Math is a completely consumable program where each student interacts with the text in multiple ways throughout the learning cycle. Personalized vocabulary, student created examples, and online games move students from learning abstract concepts to concepts they can apply.
The science program aims to encourage a sense of wonder about the world in which we live and to develop a respect for the environment. Science education plays a central role in preparing students for a world that is becoming more complex with a greater number of environmental concerns. The science curriculum begins with the premise that students learn by doing. It offers practical opportunities for careful observation, measurement, communication and prediction. These science experiences will lead to a deeper understanding of the natural world and will build a foundation for further development and learning.
The science program emphasizes an inquiry-based, hands-on, real world approach that makes connections across disciplines. The program recognizes that scientific problem solving, critical and creative thinking skills and collaboration prepare students for an ever-changing world.
Social Studies prepares students for an increasingly complex and interdependent world. The first goal is for all students to become global citizens, able to appreciate their own surroundings and develop an understanding of cultures that differ from their own. The second goal is for all students to become lifelong critical thinkers able to effectively communicate solutions to problems. Topics are taught in a manner that encourages students to be actively involved in posing questions and formulating answers using a variety of research skills. A final goal is for all students to develop a lifelong interest in the world around them. These goals are developed through the study of history, geography, economics, environmental issues and current events. Students are given plenty of opportunity to work cooperatively with their peers and to communicate and present their findings in many different ways.
The physical education curriculum is based on current American physical education benchmarks. Lessons are designed to be developmentally appropriate and follow a child’s natural progression from year to year. The focus is on the development of basic skills in a creative and fun environment. In addition to furthering skill development, emphasis is on simple goal setting, self-assessment, leadership and sportsmanship.
Our students are also given the chance to further practice and apply their skills in our after school activities, intramural and elementary sports programs. Our offerings for after school activities often include physical activities such as soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming, cooking and dance. Intramurals involve small-sided tournaments and are conducted at lunchtime recess where fun, friendship and sportsmanship are emphasized. The elementary/intermediate sports program gives the chance for students to compete in their sports of interest. The competitions are with local Thai schools as well as local international schools. We are a member of the Eastern Seaboard Athletic Conference (ESAC) and attend and host events throughout the year. The main elementary sports that we compete in are soccer and basketball with some opportunities in other sports throughout the year. The sixth graders are also eligible to try out for the Mekong River International Schools Association (MRISA) teams.
The formative years are a very important time for students to be immersed in music in order to develop a love for music and in promote brain growth.
The curriculum is designed to promote a general appreciation for music with attention to singing, playing, listening, composing, performing and moving to various forms of music. Students are taught to recognize and discriminate between instruments and various types of sounds. They are exposed to music from a number of cultures and time periods and are encouraged to listen and appreciate different types of music. The students will also acquire sensitivity to rhythm, pitch, dynamics, timbre, form, melody and harmony in music.
The art program at ISE emphasizes four major areas of art instruction and activity. These include a focus on two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, printmaking, and art history and appreciation.
Throughout the development of these units of instruction, a focus is maintained on the themes of environmental awareness, social responsibility, communication and personal expression.
The general objectives of the program revolve around the ideals of individuality, creativity, aesthetics and perception.
Art projects are often an extension of grade level curriculum. The art teacher works with grade level teams to plan lessons that support subjects in the homeroom classes.
Technology is integrated into all areas of the elementary school curriculum. A variety of resources are available to support student learning. The goal is to increase students’ computer literacy skills as well as provide improved learning opportunities.
The Thai language and culture curriculum provides students with an understanding of and appreciation for the Thai people and their history, language and traditions. Central to this increased awareness of Thailand is a classroom-learning environment that fosters the development of positive attitudes about the host country and a general sensitivity towards cultural diversity. The Thai language and culture program is designed to meet the needs of two populations differing in their Thai language needs.
For the non-Thai speaking students studying at ISE, the instructional program offers short-term residents of Thailand appropriate activities to increase their knowledge of the country in which they now reside. This is approached through focused presentations on the geography, history, language and holiday celebrations of Thailand. These activities allow students to become actively involved in planning festivals, making handicrafts, tracing genealogies and reading old maps. In the area of language, students learn survival language skills and increase their proficiency as a result of the exposure to the program.
For competent Thai language speakers, the program provides an academic focus on the development of reading and writing proficiency in Thai. These literacy skills are delivered in small group instruction using both teacher developed materials, as well as curriculum materials developed through the Thai Ministry of Education. Students from kindergarten to sixth grade receive Thai instruction.
With book and audio visual holdings numbering close to 18,000, our two ISE libraries are continually being upgraded to contain the most up-to-date materials for a 21st century educational setting. Students and parents alike are welcome to come and explore the variety of information resources available.
Our trained professional staff are always there to assist.
Library skills are taught to elementary age children with assistance from the librarian. The skills that are taught are directly related to classroom curriculum. Students from Prek to grade six attend library classes with their teachers to check out books and learn library skills.
In the Elementary School, students are encouraged to read at home every night. They may read in their home language or English. They may read to themselves, read online, or even have a parent read to them. The goal is for students to build their reading identity and develop a joyful connection with reading. Students are not required to complete a reading log or turn in proof of their reading. Occasionally students may be asked to find information, interview their parents, or collect resources for a project they are working on at school. Students should not be asked to complete classwork at home nor can homework be used as a punishment.