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We focus on a wide variety of activities, which are integrated into all learning tasks. As the students develop through each stage, their work becomes more structured, without losing the fun element.
Our goal is to inspire students with a life-long passion for learning, a sense of belonging and an appreciation and understanding of our collective values.
Our international and multi-cultural students are encouraged to develop at their own pace. We continuously challenge our students to help them realise their full potential. We individualise our programs to cater for differing abilities and potential. Performance is celebrated in all years through our system of awards and certificates.
A wide range of technology is incorporated into our daily curriculum.
Students work with interactive whiteboards, tablets and Chromebook computers.
We use Google as our working platform: Chrome, Gmail and Google Apps support students in their learning, research and homework. Google allows teachers and students to create, collaborate, share and submit lessons and assignments with ease. Students from age 7 upwards also have a school Gmail account and a school Chromebook is assigned to them.
Our international teaching staff, are highly motivated and have a broad spectrum of teaching experience.
International Primary Curriculum
IPC encourages students to develop the ability to learn and acquire the skills required to become life-long learners. It is an international, thematic based program and students complete six IPC Units (themes) each year. The following subjects are covered in IPC:
- Art, Geography, History, ICT Technology, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Sport, Science, Society
Alongside the International Primary Curriculum we also run literacy and numeracy programmes, developed in the UK and aligned with our international curriculum.
We also offer the opportunity to take the Cambridge Young Learners Exams.These are a series of fun, motivating English language tests, aimed at students in primary schools. There are three activity-based tests – Starters, Movers and Flyers – that give students a clear path to improve in English.
In 2014, twenty-five of our Primary students became the first in Belgium to be awarded their Cambridge Young Learners Certificate – none of whom spoke English at home!
The following Specialist Subjects are also taken every week:
- Sport /Physical Education (“PE”)
Pastoral care is a vital part of our school ethos
We encourage students to be respectful, confident, responsible and have a clear sense of our core values, attitudes and beliefs. Primary students attend weekly tutorials where a wide variety of topics are discussed. Monthly house meetings foster a sense of ‘family’ and encourage students of all ages and cultures to come together and work as a team. Assemblies celebrate school life, academic effort and achievement. Students receive awards for their academic and personal performance and each month a class has the opportunity to showcase their classwork.
Additional Support Services:
ISF Waterloo offers Additional English as a special provision for students whose mother tongue or first academic language is not English. Learning support is also offered to students with learning difficulties. At an additional cost we have an Occupational Therapist available on site; testing and therapy can be organised during and after school. Students with specific learning difficulties may also qualify for the support of an IILP (International Individual Learning Plan)