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Elementary School at HIS

Elementary instruction at HIS follows the IPC (International Primary Curriculum). The IPC was developed in 2000 as a cross-curricular thematic curriculum to meet the needs of international schools around the world. As of 2012, it is being used in more than 1,000 schools in 100 different countries. HIS has been an IPC member school since 2005.

The central purpose of everything connected with the IPC is student learning. Helping children develop academically, socially and emotionally through a focus on learning is the core goal of this curriculum. The curriculum takes into account the most recent research on the brain and how children learn.

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IPC has been designed with a particular focus to help children develop an international mindset in connection with an awareness of their own nationality. Children are encouraged to develop the skills they need to take an active part in the world around them.

The subjects of geography, history, science and society are taught in integrated units. These units will also include some art, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), music and PE. Each unit contains an international element to raise children's awareness of the world around them. Each subject, in addition to being integrated into a unit, has clearly defined goals for knowledge, skills and understanding, which the children are expected to meet at the end of a milepost.

The goals differ according to the age group of the children. The three and four year olds at HIS use the Early Years Program. It is a separate part of the IPC and leads into the study of the elementary mileposts. For the elementary years, there are three mileposts. Milepost One includes study for Grades K and 1. Milepost Two includes study for Grades 2 and 3. Milepost Three includes study for Grades 4 and 5.

Milepost One (Grades K & 1)

At Milepost One, there are two multiage classes of kindergarten - grade one students. Each classroom teacher maintains separate classrooms for their children, however, teachers collaborate on curricular planning and instruction, frequently bringing their classroom students together to share in leaning experiences. Instruction of Language Arts and math are taught within the classroom to meet the developmental needs of each individual. Teachers make use large group, small group or individual instruction to make sure all students are making progress in each subject area. Like other milepost levels, students also receive instruction in physical education, art, second language (Japanese) and music from specialist teachers. The IPC (social studies & science) strongly emphasizes collaborative learning and supports multiage learning and instruction. For the 2012 - 2013 academic year, students at Milepost One will be studying the following units from the IPC:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MILEPOST ONE UNITS
Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title
Insects and Flowers Places People Go The Things People Do: Jobs The Magic Toy Maker: Toys and Games Food

Milepost Two (Grades 2 & 3)

At Milepost Two, there are two multiage classes of grade two - grade three students. Each classroom teacher maintains separate classrooms for their children, however, teachers collaborate on curricular planning and instruction, frequently bringing their classroom students together to share in leaning experiences. Instruction of Language Arts and math are taught within the classroom to meet the developmental needs of each individual. Teachers make use large group, small group or individual instruction to make sure all students are making progress in each subject area. Like other milepost levels, students also receive instruction in physical education, art, second language (Japanese) and music from specialist teachers. The IPC (social studies & science) strongly emphasizes collaborative learning and supports multiage learning and instruction. For the 2012 - 2013 academic year, students at Milepost Two will be studying the following units from the IPC:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MILEPOST TWO UNITS
Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title
Explorers and Adventurers: Discovering the World Clean Water Dirty Water & new Science Unit on Electricity Entrepreneur: Money and Trade Do you live around here? Habitats Time and Space, Earth and Place: Time Zones

Milepost Three (Grades 4 & 5)

At Milepost Three, there are two multiage classes of grade four - grade five students. Each classroom teacher maintains separate classrooms for their children, however, teachers collaborate on curricular planning and instruction, frequently bringing their classroom students together to share in leaning experiences. Instruction of Language Arts and math are taught within the classroom to meet the developmental needs of each individual. Teachers make use large group, small group or individual instruction to make sure all students are making progress in each subject area. Like other milepost levels, students also receive instruction in physical education, art, second language (Japanese) and music from specialist teachers. The IPC (social studies & science) strongly emphasizes collaborative learning and supports multiage learning and instruction. For the 2012 - 2013 academic year, students at Milepost Three will be studying the following units from the IPC:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MILEPOST THREE UNITS
Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title Unit Title
Brainwave: The Learning Brain Time Tunnel Investigator: Scientific Inquiry Express your Feelings Go With the Flow: Rivers

For more information on the IPC please visit their website at: International Primary Curriculum.

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