Grades 1 - 5 (approx. 7 - 11 years old)
Our Elementary School students study a wide range of subjects and learn respectful teamwork and individual responsibility. Through various activities, we help our students grow in academic discipline and essential life skills. We ensure that the rigour and relevance of our instruction is accompanied by the nurturing environment that each student needs in order to grow and develop in an international setting.
All teachers have additional responsibility for the personal, social, moral, emotional, spiritual and health education of our children. This dimension of education is not solely the preserve of one teacher and all members of our community contribute to our children’s development.
The Elementary School Curriculum is divided into subject areas in line with best practice. Students study the Core Subjects English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, as well as our Specialist Subjects, Religion, French, Physical Education, and Fine & Performing Arts which offer opportunities for children to develop physically and creatively and give a balance to our wider curriculum. Students in Grades 4 and 5 also take part in the Mind Body Health class in preparation for Middle School.
In our Literacy program, at Marymount International School, Paris, we aim to develop a commitment to joyous, purposeful, lifelong literacy in our students. We inspire our students to be literate leaders, and our staff leads by example. Marymount students are avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. At Marymount, we are committed to teaching the ‘whole’ child and our mission is that ‘All May Have Life.’ In this spirit, our curriculum aims to teach the writer rather than simply the writing itself. We place more value on student growth than we do a finished piece of work, valuing the process over the product.For a transient community like ours at Marymount, having a clear and consistent structure that is used widely internationally helps children to learn successfully. Literacy instruction at Marymount International School, Paris is based on the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop model in Grades one through six. Our curriculum is aligned to the AERO (American Education Reaches Out) standards, which align to the Common Core Standards that the workshop model has espoused.
Mathematics is regularly confused with arithmetic – pure computation, when in reality mathematics is a way of thinking about the world in which we live. This fits in perfectly with our Guiding Statement here at Marymount International School, Paris, where the children are taught to Think Creatively, Reason Critically, Communicate Effectively and Learn Continuously.
Our curriculum is distinguished not merely by an adherence to its set of standards; but by standards that demand a theory of teaching math that is proven to be effective. That theory posits that mathematical knowledge is conveyed most effectively when it is taught in a sequence that follows the “story” of mathematics itself. The sequencing has been joined with methods of instruction that have been proven to work, through enquiry-based learning. These methods drive student understanding beyond process, to deep mastery of mathematical concepts.
In our Math program we aim to make Math a fun experience for children, taught through a hands-on approach. Too often children are given answers to remember, rather than problems to solve. At Marymount students are given opportunities to think, solve, and then model their answers, using numbers words and simple images. As they progress in their education at Marymount, these images become bar models, diagrams, graphs, tape diagrams, or double line graphs.
However, in addition to the traditional way of learning math, students are being taught another approach to help them understand how and why math problems work—called "number sense." This innovative way shows students that numbers are just flexible things made up of other numbers and makes solving math problems that much easier.
Take a look at our Curriculum Maps on ATLAS Rubicon to learn more about ES Math.
In our Science program, students at Marymount International School, Paris benefit from a three-dimensional approach based on the Next Generation Science Standards NGSS. Students will study topics on Earth, Life and Physical Science, but most importantly they will develop their scientific enquiry skills by continuously practicing the following points:
- Planning and conducting investigations
- Creating and using models
- Gather and organizing data
- Comparing and contrasting
- Measuring and observing
- Making predictions
- Using a range of science apparatus
Within the Next Generation Science Standards there are three distinct and equally important dimensions. These dimensions are combined to form each standard and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time. In brief, these three dimensions are core ideas, crosscutting concepts and science/engineering practices.
Our science elementary program uses a textbook, student workbook and web resources developed by the Teachers’ Curriculum Institute TCI. Experiments and “hands-on” activities have been embedded into each of the science units and we seeks to utilize the Marymount FabLab as frequently as possible.
Take a look at our Curriculum Maps on ATLAS Rubicon to learn more about ES Science.
Marymount Social Studies students are taught to be positive global citizens and 21st century learners who strive to be compassionate, and curious, who engage in:
- critical thinking,
- taking an active interest in current affairs,
- examining primary and secondary sources,
- carrying out independent, guided research
- examining the past to explain current global issues
- using technology to enhance oral and written presentations
- exploiting the wealth of opportunities for exciting field trips in the Paris region and other regions of France
- service learning opportunities
The social studies program is aligned with the AERO standards and with the school’s guiding statements, and each grade follows a recommended broad, grade-level topic.
As with all areas of our curriculum, no individual program is taught in isolation, this is particularly true of Social Studies. In alignment with our FALCONS goal of being ‘a lifelong learner’, students engage in a variety of cross-curricular projects that allow them to apply Social Studies content in: Literacy, Art, Math, Religion, and Science.
Whether preparing for a formal debate or critically examining an issue during research projects, the emphasis in Social Studies is on being an objective learner; students are assessed not simply for understanding an issue, but by being able to examine it from multiple perspectives. This, in turn, helps guide our young students to have greater empathy and compassion for others on a micro and macro-level of society. We believe in examining issues critically and underline the importance of formulating arguments and opinions based upon substantive evidence and facts.
Take a look at our Curriculum Maps on ATLAS Rubicon to learn more about ES Social Studies