Lower School


Primary School Program

Mission

Our mission can be summarized in three terms:

EXCELLENCE – RIGOR – KINDNESS

 

We use a socio-constructivist approach whereby learning is both incremental and structured. Each learner has the opportunity to anchor their learning and to build solid foundations of knowledge and skills.  LIH fosters a climate of trust and respect where parents are values partners from day one. We wish for all our students to succeed and provide a structured learning program which allows our students to develop their abilities and identity.

Pedagogy

Our program follows the requirements of the French Ministry of Education, whose demanding curriculum has a proven track record of success. The French National Education is learner-centered and focused on students’ needs. LIH offers an education that is context-based and tailored to the profile of every child, so they can develop their knowledge and skills to their highest potential. Our teachers use the latest findings in the fields of cognitive science and neurology to adapt their teaching and closely follow every child. Our learning environment is one that is calm and positive and our children learn in small groups.

From preschool onward, we follow a curriculum that is carefully thought-through. Digital language is taught in addition the alphabetical language in French, English and Spanish. Using a playful approach to learn algorithms, students create, reason and cooperate around projects and activities.  Students use programming basics and see their work evolve to their greatest satisfaction. When coupling language acquisition with mathematical principles in the execution of projects, students solidify and consolidate learning.

Lower school curriculum

Questioning the world is the cornerstone of our lower school curriculum at LIH. Our harmonized bilingual curricula allows each student to progress at their own pace, both in the development of their methodological skills and academic knowledge.

The introduction of Spanish from 4th grade enriches our French/English bilingual approach. In lower school, learning languages is not an end in and of itself: languages are vehicles for teaching and learning mathematics and sciences. It is the balance between learning in a language and learning language which lays the foundation of our lower school curriculum. The learning of programming basics initiated in preschool continues through lower school.

Our curriculum revolves around five main areas :

  1. Using language in all its dimensions
  2. Acting, expressing and understanding through physical activity
  3. Acting, expressing and understanding through art
  4. Building the first tools for structured thought
  5. Exploring the world

Tests

We prepare our students to write standardized tests.

Student/teacher ratio

 In order to help our children develop to their highest potential, we welcome a maximum of 12 students per class. This allows us to provide every student with personalized attention and follow-up.

 

Language Allocation

Cycle II

CP – CE1 – CE2

 

13.5 hours taught in French
Language, literature and culture (spoken and written)
mathematics, social studies, arts

11.5 hours taught in English
Language, literature and culture (spoken and written)
mathematics, sciences, technology, coding, sport

Cycle III

CM1 – CM2 – 6°

 

12 hours taught in French
Language (spoken and written)
mathematics, history, geography, arts

11 hours taught in English
Language, literature and culture (spoken and written)
mathematics, sciences, technology, coding, sport

2 hours taught in Spanish
Language, literature and culture (spoken and written)