Course: Language/Arts

Teachers:

Joanna Martins, Amanda Kristiansson, Kirsten Meisel

 

Overview:

The PYP believes that the need to communicate is instinctive and that the process of learning involves learning language, learning about language and learning through language. Language provides a vehicle for inquiry. We strive to integrate literature into student inquiry and to provide authentic contexts for learners to develop and use language. Where possible, language will be taught through the context of the units of inquiry.

 

Resources:

  • Write Away!
  • Jolly Phonics
  • Scholastic Guided Reading Texts
  • Prim-Ed Spelling
  • D’Nealian Handwriting
  • Grade appropriate resources

 

Strands:

Reading

  • Guided reading
  • Shared reading
  • Independent reading
  • Home reading
  • Comprehension strategies

 

READING

  • Guided reading
  • Developing reading and decoding strategies
  • Comprehension
  • Fluency

 

Writing

  • Sentences and paragraphs
  • Personal writing
  • Writing instructions
  • Poetry
  • Book reports/book reviews
  • Story writing
  • Grammar skills
  • Spelling skills
  • Handwriting skills

 

Listening and Speaking

  • Teach and tell
  • Class discussions
  • Presentations

 

Assessment

Assessment includes weekly spelling tests, ongoing teacher observation and student reflection. Reading is assessed throughout each term.

 

Homework

Homework is assigned every Monday and expected to be returned the following Friday. Any missed work or late work will be recorded. If a pattern of missed homework is noticed, parents will be contacted and a meeting set up. Children are expected to read for between 15-30 minutes daily and complete their reading log.

 

Missed work

If a student misses more than two days, it is the responsibility of the parents to come to class and collect the assignments which should be finished at home and returned to school when completed.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: Mathematics

Teachers:

Joanna Martins, Amanda Kristiansson, Kirsten Meisel

 

Overview

The PYP believes that mathematics provides a global language through which we make sense of the world around us. The PYP philosophy is that mathematics needs to be taught in relevant, realistic contexts therefore, where possible, mathematics will be taught through the context of the units of inquiry.

 

Resources:

  • Abacus Math
  • Grade appropriate materials

 

Topics Studied:

  • Numbers to 100
  • Number patterns
  • Comparing and ordering numbers
  • Addition strategies
  • Subtraction strategies
  • 2 digit addition
  • 2 digit subtraction
  • Money (Swedish)
  • Telling and understanding time
  • Data Handling
  • Probability
  • 2D shapes
  • 3D shapes
  • Spacial sense
  • Patterns
  • Metric Measurement
    • length and distance
    • capacity
    • weight
    • temperature
  • Perimeter and area
  • Fractions
  • Numbers to 1000
  • Comparing and ordering greater numbers
  • Adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers
  • Multiplication and division concepts

 

Assessment

Math books are corrected weekly after the student has completed each chapter. An inventory assessment is given in the beginning of the school year and an end of year assessment is given at the end of the school year. A unit test is given 3 times per term.

 

Homework

Homework is given on Fridays and expected back on Thursdays. The homework is based on the chapter covered in class that week.

 

Supplies

Workbooks are given out at the beginning of each school year. Pencils, erasers, rulers and math manipulatives are supplied by the school.

 

Missed work

If a student is absent more than 2 days it is the responsibility of the parents to collect the weekly assignments from the teacher.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: Units of Inquiry including Social Studies and Science

Teacher:

Joanna Martins, Amanda Kristiansson, Kirsten Meisel

 

Text:

Library Books, Foss, grade appropriate resources

 

The transdisciplinary themes

  • Who We Are
  • Where We Are in Time & Place
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • How the World Works
  • How We Organize Ourselves
  • How We Share the Planet

 

Assessment

Pre-assessment, formative assessment and summative assessment are carried out for each topic. The summative assessment will come in different forms e.g. writing assessments, tests and performance tasks.

 

Homework

Homework is varied as needed according to topic.

 

Supplies required

The school provides the supplies needed by the student.

 

Missed work

If a student misses work the teacher will decide if work should be completed at home or in class.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Computer

Teachers:

Joanna Martins, Amanda Kristiansson, Kirsten Meisel

 

This year, the computer classes are taught by the classroom teacher with the support of the IT staff, in effort to better integrate IT with classroom instruction.

 

Topics Studied:

  • Knowledge of computers
  • Basic File management
  • Word Processing and Keyboard skills
  • Communication and messaging
  • Grade appropriate software

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Social Curriculum: Responsive Classroom

Teachers:

All teachers


Students will develop social skills to use within the classroom and school community.

The ISGR teachers focus specifically on the development of the following social skills:

 

  • Cooperation (working smoothly with others)
  • Assertiveness (confidently putting forth your ideas and opinions)
  • Responsibility (taking charge of yourself and working hard at your learning)
  • Self-control (thinking before acting)
  • Empathy (listening to others and understanding how they might respond to your words or actions)

 

Read more about Responsive Classroom at:  https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Music

Teacher:

Joël Leyssalle

 

Topics Studied:

  • Music appreciation (Music feelings/instrumentation)
  • Music games (communication, expression, rhythmical, dancing)
  • Instrumental skills:
  • Drums: basic rhythms with 2 sounds (right/left hand; beat/rhythm)
  • Keyboards (tunes using handposition1/ both hands)
  • Music notation/music language (sound devices)
  • Singing skills
  • Song accompaniment: playing on the beat
  • Performances/inquiry activities

 

Classroom Guidelines

  • Respect – peers, teachers, and school property
  • Be attentive – Listen when a person, a group or a teacher is speaking
  • Cooperation – students will be expected to cooperate with others and fully participate in class is allowed in the classroom unless otherwise arranged with the teacher.
  • Raise your hand to ask a question or make a comment.
  • Be positive – make the most of your learning experience
  • Food – no food/gum is allowed in the classroom.
  • Outdoor shoes: Not allowed in the music room.

 

Assessments

  • Participation/ classroom behavior
  • Effort
  • Teacher observations
  • Individual/collective presentations/ performances
  • Music portfolio

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: Art

Teacher:

Cina Olsson

 

Topics Studied

  • 3D – clay Clay - emphasis on pinching, addition subtraction. Mark making and textures
  • Construction – Juxtaposing materials such as paper and card to produce 3 dimensional forms (3d Collage /diorama.)
  • 2D techniques – drawing / colouring, painting, collage.
  • 2D visual concepts
  • Mark making – scratching, smearing etc.
  • Colour theory – primary and secondary colour mixing,
  • Basic Perspective - Horizon review and observation and depiction of far / small, close / big).Tints and shade.
  • Pattern
  • Symmetry
  • line and shape.
  • The random /accidental in art
  • Background - Foreground
  • Abstraction
  • Observation - Isolating key details, looking, responding, depicting.
  • Expression – Feelings / emotions
  • Art appreciation - Integrated throughout the year, an emphasis is placed on individual artists. This is integrated into hands on Art lesson where students are shown and discuss the works of Artists.

 

 

Assessment

  • Individual portfolio: For self-evaluation and teacher evaluation.
  • Teacher observations
  • Verbal self-reflection (group and as often as possible individually)
  • Criteria: Application of skills and techniques. Working as part of a group.
  • Taking care of materials and work.
  • Effort and participation.

 

Homework:

Homework is assigned periodically. This usually takes the form of evidence of planning an artwork or gathering of reference material to be used in class.

 

Material and supplies required:

Occasionally students are required to bring in extra materials from home to lend diversity to projects. The focus here is for students to be creative in their choice of materials, with an aim to recycle. Examples: magazines (for reference and photo collage), plastic bottles, textured materials etc.

 

Missed work:

An effort is made to make students aware of work missed due to absence. If time and schedule allows, students are helped to catch up.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Swedish – Beginners/Intermediate

Teachers:

Eva Hed & Maj Britt Lax

 

Topics studied/Skills learned:

  • Language sounds/Pronunciation (skill)
  • Vocabulary building (skill)
  • Writing (chosen or given topic) (skill)
  • Oral work (skill) Grammar (skill)
  • Reading (skill)
  • Rules for written language (skill)
  • UOI: How we organize ourselves - Our Swedish class community
  • UOI: Who we are - My interests and free time
  • UOI: How we express ourselves - How to speak with your body
  • UOI: How the world works - Let’s go outside
  • UOI: How we share the planet - In the kitchen – recycle, reduce, reuse
  • UOI: Where we are in place and time – Native people

 

Textbooks:

Svenskbiten (Läsebok + Arbetsbok) A1-A2

 

Assessment:

Reading, interacting in class, homework tests, book reports (written and oral).

 

Homework:

The students will receive homework (such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar etc) once a week.

 

Material and supplies required:

Bring notebook (given by teacher) and folder to every class.

 

Bring to class:

Willingness to listen and do his/her best while showing respect to other students and the teacher.

 

Missed work:

All work is expected on time unless approved by the teacher. Missed or forgotten homework will be handed in next Swedish lesson. If homework is repeatedly missed or forgotten a note will be sent to the parents

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: Swedish: Intermediate/Advanced

Teacher:

Eva Hed & Maj Britt Lax

 

Topics studied/Skills learned

  • Language sounds/Pronunciation (skill)
  • Vocabulary building (skill)
  • Reading (skill)
  • Writing (chosen or given topic) (skill)
  • Oral work (skill)
  • Grammar (skill)
  • Spelling
  • Verbs, Adjective, Nouns
  • Rules for written language (skill)
  • Unit –Our classroom community
  • Unit of Inquiry – (How We Express Ourselves) Let’s communicate
  • Unit of Inquiry – Where We are in Time and Place (Native Peoples)
  • Unit of Inquiry – (Who we are) Well balanced me
  • Unit – Grammar rules Unit – Reading/writing
  • Unit - Vocabulary building
  • Unit – Oral presentations

 

Textbook/s:

Svenskbiten (Läsebok + Arbetsbok) A1-A2-B1

 

Assessment

Reading, interacting in class, homework tests, book reports (written and oral).

 

Homework

The students will receive homework (such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar etc) once a week.

 

Material and supplies required:

Bring notebook (given by teacher) and folder to every class.

 

Bring to class:

Willingness to listen and do his/her best while showing respect to other students and the teacher.

 

Missed work

All work is expected on time unless approved by the teacher. Missed or forgotten homework will be handed in next Swedish lesson. If homework is repeatedly missed or forgotten a note will be sent to the parents.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: PYP EAL Beginners

Teacher:

Catherine Lövdingar

 

Texts:

Pebbles 1, Pebbles 2, Oxford Junior Workbook, Leveled home reading books

 

Skills learned:

  • Introduction to Phonics
  • Reading/Home Reading
  • Introduction to Writing/Spelling
  • Guided Reading/Comprehension
  • Vocabulary development
  • Alphabetical order
  • Using a picture dictionary
  • Short story writing
  • Grammar:
    • Regular verbs-present tense
    • Regular verbs-future, present and past tense
    • Nouns
    • Adjectives
  • Punctuation

 

Assessment

Students are assessed in the areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Speaking and listening is assessed in class through observation of students during various learning activities. Reading is assessed using the PM reading record kit. This is a kit which contains leveled books that correspond to the reading levels used in the classroom. At a particular level, a child is assessed on how well they can retell a book, how well they can read the words and how well they comprehend a book. This process continues until the child’s appropriate level is found. Writing is assessed with specific writing tasks (including spelling and grammar).

 

Homework

Homework is assigned weekly in the weekly newsletter. Students must hand in the work on time.

 

Materials Required

Materials needed: EAL folder containing work needed for the lesson and completed homework. Check the weekly newsletter for details.

 

Missed work

If a student misses class it is his/her responsibility to catch up on missed work. Check the weekly newsletter for details.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: PYP EAL - Intermediate

Teacher:

Catherine Lövdingar

 

Text:

Longman Picture Dictionary, Oxford Junior Workbook, Leveled Home Readers

 

Topics Studied

  • Vocabulary development related to the Units of Inquiry
  • Vocabulary development related to the Longman Picture Dictionary
  • Sentence writing
  • Story writing
  • Recount writing
  • Writing a factual text
  • Grammar and punctuation development;

 

Assessment

Students are assessed in class through observation during various learning activities. Writing is assessed with specific writing tasks (including spelling and grammar).

 

Homework

Homework includes the student working through the Longman Picture Dictionary and CD at home. It is expected that parents help their children. During each Unit of Inquiry, students will have vocabulary homework to support their home class work. Students and/or parents should write each word in their home language next to the English word.

 

Materials Required

In order to be successful, students must come prepared to each lesson. Materials needed: EAL folder containing completed vocabulary homework, Oxford Book, and leveled reader.

 

Missed work

If a student misses class it is his/her responsibility to catch up on missed work.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Physical Education

Teachers:

Peter Sjöberg & Dominik Buhrer

 

Topic Studied:

  • Team – building
  • Cooperation
  • CPR
  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Movements to music
  • Games
  • Team-Sports
  • Net games
  • Swimming
  • Health related exercise and adventure challenge.

 

Resources and Materials:

Resources include a wide variety of balls, rackets, gymnastic equipments, etc.

 

Assessments:

Acknowledging differentiated learning styles, students will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • Participation / classroom behaviour
  • Effort
  • Teacher observations
  • Presentations

 

Homework:

Homework will be given out occasionally in forms of “Activity diary”, “food diary”

 

Material and supplies required:

Students are required to wear proper P.E. clothes each class. This includes a t-shirt, shorts and sports shoes or a track suit if P.E takes place outdoors during fall and spring.

 

Missed work:

Any assessed work will be made up for whenever it is possible.

 

 

 

 
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