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PRIMARY

Primary Info EN PRIMARY We strive to contribute to a better world through a holistic educational approach Primary Education We aim to provide an education that supports the child’s healthy development; an education that is based on an understanding of the stages of a child’s physical, emotional and intellectual development and meets all aspects of these needs. Read More The Curriculum We see the curriculum as a meaningful whole as opposed to a collection of fragmented subjects.

Our offer at AIS is a rich balance of academics, art, music, drama, handwork and movement – a curriculum that is lively and current, designed to help form an understanding of the world and our relation to it.
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Creativity and the Arts Focus on Creativity and the Arts: We believe it is important to focus on integration of artistic activity with academic instruction at all ages. By fusing artistic and academic instruction we promote more complete learning, thorough retention and engender a deep love in the students for their subjects. Read More

KS2 EN Primary Education Our offer at AIS is a rich balance of academics, art, music, drama, handwork and movement – a curriculum that is lively and current, designed to help form an understanding of the world and our relation to it. The lessons and activities encourage the development of the senses and imagination along with important skills such as literacy, numeracy, arts and crafts.

We see education as an art of awakening what is already present and are committed to teaching with the understanding that all subjects are interconnected.

We see the curriculum as a meaningful whole as opposed to a collection of fragmented subjects.
Class 1 Timetable example Characteristics of the Waldorf curriculum support healthy life processes:
  • Routines repeated daily, weekly and yearly provide for periods of intense focus and periods of rest, as rhythm and repetition support the development of will power and strengthen imagination.
  • Strong personal connections are fostered, as teachers aim to connect deeply with their students, with the Class Teacher ideally remaining with the same students for many years.
For the younger students of the lower primary years, the lesson subjects are shaped to incorporate an abundance of physical and practical activities, which support this stage of development. As they get older, the curriculum content changes to provide a platform for self-expression and exploration.

We give great importance to a nurturing environment and we are alert to individual needs, neither rushing (and causing stress) nor holding back children

Primary CURRICULUM Class One

Everything in the syllabus is selected and taught in a way that fosters the development of the children at each stage. In Grade 1 three subjects are taught throughout the year: language (learning to listen, speak, write and read); mathematics (learning the numbers and the four operations); and environment studies (discovering the world around them, the forerunner of science).

There is a rhythm to the day, week and year and festivals are important. Teaching is pictorial and imaginative, the aim being to stimulate the intellect through activity, rhythm and imagination. Time is spent laying down good habits of classroom life and work, cultivating reverence for nature, respect for others and learning to connect with and care for the children’s environment. Writing is introduced, using pictures, rhymes and stories, and practised with form drawing and movement. Reading begins with the children’s own written work and familiar songs and poems. Listening and speaking skills are also practised, with nature stories and fairy tales from around the world. Number work is begun, again with pictures, rhymes and stories. The four processes are introduced and a start is made on learning times tables. The class begins learning the pentatonic flute, starts working with watercolours, and in handwork they begin by making their own knitting needles.

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Curriculum EN Creativity and the Arts We nurture imagination and encourage experimentation through artistic activity and practical work. We encourage our students to explore the world around them with open awareness. Focus on Creativity and the Arts We believe it is important to focus on integration of artistic activity with academic instruction at all ages. By fusing artistic and academic instruction we promote more complete learning, thorough retention and engender a deep love in the students for their subjects. Valuing Community and Diversity
  • We foster an international community environment in which cultural, religious and ethnic diversity is valued.
  • We cultivate an appreciation of individual gifts and differences.
Reverence for the Earth and for all Living Things
  • We honor and celebrate life and the interconnectedness of all living things.
  • We aim to cultivate in our students a sense of wonder and reverence toward the natural world, experiencing the wisdom of nature as a guiding force.
  • In celebrating the passage of time through seasonal festivals, we connect children with one another and with the earth, fostering an appreciation for life, the natural environment, and our human cultures.

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