CIS Elementary School, Introduction
Elementary curriculum areas include English language arts, Japanese, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, technology education, physical education, and health. In addition to traditional subject area teaching, learning activities are structured to provide integrated learning units. Students are encouraged to consider how subject areas are connected and how knowledge is structured. These integrated units provide opportunities for students to both excel in their areas of strength and receive support in other areas.
Elementary Canadian curriculum provides for teachers a clear set of guidelines and student achievement outcomes. In the English language arts program students are expected to achieve in areas of speaking, listening, reading, writing and viewing. The resources used include picture books, chapter books, and many other materials including an introduction of the use of technology as a learning tool. From discussions about the importance of family and community in the context of social studies, development of scientific literacy, and emphasis on mastery of mathematical rules ideas and principles, students develop a deepening understanding of the content topics.
Programs in music, art and physical education also provide for the students opportunities to further develop their strengths. At CIS the importance of these programs is well recognized in the academic and personal development of students.
In November Canadian International School was accredited by IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Year Program).