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IMG_7268Educating the whole child is central to the IB Primary Years Program. Elementary students spend the majority of their day with a homeroom teacher who instructs to the academic core of language arts, mathematics, and the programme of inquiry.

Single subject teachers provide instruction in Music, Art, French, Spanish, Romanian Mother Tongue, Romanian Culture, EAL, and Physical Education in purpose-built classrooms. Information technology instruction is provided weekly in a lab and integrated into the classroom curriculum. There are common areas for shared and large group work, an auxiliary gym and two larger multi-use rooms for meetings or large class projects. Elementary students also have access to the large core facilities of the school, the library, auditorium, main gymnasium. A full service cafeteria provides a mid-morning snack (included in the tuition) and lunch for all students. Lunch cards are purchased by parents.

Classroom learning experiences are enhanced by numerous field trips in Bucharest and the surrounding region. The school has outdoor space which is used for environmental and science study. Gyms, large play areas and sports fields are used alongside classrooms to support a varied after-school activities program to give students additional opportunities to engage in areas of interest or exercise.

The elementary school has biweekly assemblies to bring our teachers, parents and students together to celebrate learning, to give our students the opportunity to demonstrate their communication and presentation skills, and to build a stronger community.

Please navigate through the following elements of the curriculum for more information.

Literacy

Grade 1 (Ages 5-7)

Oral communication- listening and speaking

Students will begin to appreciate the power of oral language, and they will use speech with increasing awareness and responsibility. They will participate discussions and will talk about a growing range of topics. They will grow in their understanding that everyone has the right to speak and be listened to. They will use increasingly complex language with increasing accuracy, detail and range of vocabulary. They will become increasingly aware that the sounds of language are a symbolic way of representing ideas and objects. They will begin to communicate in more than one language.

Written communication- reading and writing:

Through the Readers’ Workshop, students will be introduced to a variety of fiction and non-fiction books and will begin to read confidently, increasing fluency and independence. They will be able to select books appropriate to their reading level and for a specific purpose. Throughout the day students will be exposed to variety of literature and will begin to show an appreciation for different genres. They will begin to understand and respond to the ideas, feelings and attitudes expressed in various reading materials. They will read daily in class as part of the Reader’s Workshop and will regularly read for a sustained period of time, both in class and at home.

Through the Writer’s Workshop, students will develop growing fluency in writing, and they will write independently and with confidence in the genres of narrative, opinion and information texts. They will use a growing vocabulary with attempt to use some supporting details. They will be introduced to the idea that different types of writing have different structures. Throughout the day, they will write for a range of purposes, both creative and informational, and they will plan, edit and review their own writing. They will spell most high-frequency words accurately, and will use a range of strategies to spell words of increasing complexity. They will practice handwriting through Handwriting Without Tears® and present their writing with an increasingly consistent, legible style

Visual communication- viewing and presenting:

Students will experience a wide variety of visual media materials. They will identify, interpret and respond to a range of visual text prompts and show and understanding that different types of visual texts serve different purposes. They will use a variety of materials to plan and create projects with different media, and with guidance will use electronic media (for example, Apps and the Internet) to find information.

Grades 2 and 3 (Ages 7-9)

Oral communication- listening and speaking:

Students will appreciate the power of oral language, and they will use speech with increasing awareness and responsibility. They will participate appropriately in discussions and will talk about a wide range of topics. They will use increasingly complex language confidently and creatively, with increasing accuracy, detail and range of vocabulary. They will become increasingly aware of the use of oral language to articulate, organize and reflect on learning. They will begin to communicate in more than one language.

Written communication- reading and writing:

Students will read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books confidently, fluently and independently, and they will be able to select books appropriate to their reading level and for a specific purpose. They will be interested in a variety of literature and will begin to show an appreciation of different literary styles. They will understand and respond to the ideas, feelings and attitudes expressed in various reading materials, and they will be able to use reference books, dictionaries and information technology with some support. They will read daily in class as part of the Reader’s Workshop and will regularly read for a sustained period of time, both in class and at home.

Through the Writer’s Workshop, students will develop fluency in writing, and they will write independently and with confidence in the genres of narrative, opinion and information texts. They will begin to use a wide and vivid vocabulary with supporting details. They will understand that different types of writing have different structures. They will write for a range of purposes, both creative and informational, and they will plan, edit and review their own writing. They will spell most high-frequency words accurately, and will use a range of strategies to spell words of increasing complexity. They will practice handwriting through Handwriting Without Tears® and present their writing appropriately using a consistent, legible style

Visual communication- viewing and presenting:

Students will experience a wide variety of visual media materials. They will respond to viewing experiences orally and in writing. They will interpret visual media and recognize the power of visual media to influence thinking and behavior, and they will begin to learn how to make informed choices in their personal viewing experiences. They will use a variety of materials to plan and create projects with different media, and will use electronic media (for example, Apps and the Internet) to find information.

Grades 4 and 5 (Ages 9-12)

Oral communication- listening and speaking:

Students will show an increasing awareness of the power of oral language and how it helps them to construct meaning and connect with others. They will use speech responsibly to inform, entertain and influence others. They will understand that oral language is a medium for learning, and they will use the listening and speaking processes as learning strategies as well as for individual enjoyment. They will interact confidently with others in a variety of situations including: whole class, small group and partnerships. They will use a wide variety of linguistic structures and features of spoken language to develop and present ideas and information, adapting their listening and speaking strategies to the context, purpose and audience. By reflecting on their own approach to communication and the ways in which others interact, they will monitor and assess their own learning.

Written communication- reading and writing:

Through the Readers’ Workshop, students will read a wide range of texts with understanding and accuracy, and they will be able to use a variety of reading strategies for different texts and purposes. They will recognize and appreciate the various literary styles, forms and structures, and appreciate the structural and stylistic differences between fiction and non-fiction. They will be able to discuss what has been read, reflect on and talk about the feelings and motivations of the characters in a story, and analyze details of plot and characterization. They will appreciate the author’s use of language, and they will begin to recognize meaning beyond the literal. They will locate and use a range of reference materials to find information, and they will understand that this information can be used to generate ideas and opinions and to guide research. They will read for enjoyment and information daily for sustained periods, both in school and at home.

Students will write fluently and effectively for a wide range of purposes, both creative and informal, using a range of styles. They will understand that different types of writing have different styles and structures, and that they are used for different purposes.  During the Writers’ Workshop, they will publish writing in the genres of Narrative, Opinion and Information text. Their writing will show a clear awareness of audience. They will use relevant and appropriate supporting details, a wide range of effective vocabulary, and a variety of sentence structures and sentence lengths. They will use an appropriate writing process independently and confidently; planning, revising and editing their own writing. Considering and acting on the responses of others, students will gain an awareness of themselves as authors, and they will develop their own voice and style to personalize their writing. They will write for enjoyment and communication daily, for sustained periods, both in school and at home.

Visual communication:-viewing and presenting:

Students will demonstrate appropriate viewing behavior for a large range of visual material (movies, posters, atlases, architectural plans, sculptures, paintings, graphic organizers, codes). They will respond to viewing experiences orally and in writing using specific vocabulary and terminology. They will show an understanding of media elements and the effect of design on the meaning of the visual. They will identify stereotypes and the purpose of visual material. They will be willing to work with a variety of materials to plan and carry out different projects. They will recognize the implications of commercial media, and they will make informed judgments about television, film and video productions

Curriculum Overview

 Early Childhood

Early Childhood 2 to Kindergarten: children aged between 2 and 6

162 students from 39 nationalities speaking 43 languages

61% of EC faculty holds an advanced degree (MA or PhD)

52 members of faculty and staff look after the Early Childhood

Maximum class sizes of 12 (EC2), 15 (EC3), 18 (EC4) & 20 (KG) children


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Primary School

Grade 1 to Grade 5: children aged between 6 and 11

255 students from 40 nationalities

51% of PYP faculty holds an advanced degree

59 members of faculty and staff look after the Primary School

Maximum class size of 20 children


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Secondary School

Grade 6 to Grade 12: Students aged between 12 and 19

402 students from 45 nationalities

63% of MYP & DP faculty holds an advanced degree

73 members of faculty and staff look after the Secondary School

Maximum class size of 20 students


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