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### Elementary Course Catalog

#### MATHEMATICS

ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS I

Elementary Mathematics I students are introduced to early concepts in mathematical reasoning and begin to explore and investigate numbers in our world. Emphasis should be placed on problem-solving and analysis. Pure forms in number theory will later connect with applied forms in data investigations. Arithmetic should be utilized as much as possible.

ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II

Elementary Mathematics II students develop mathematical reasoning, learn critical thinking skills, and acquire problem solving techniques to investigate and explore independently and ambitiously. Students should be developing numerical, graphical, analytical, data, and spatial skills on the road towards Elementary Mathematics III.

ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS III

Elementary Mathematics III students begin with a review of Elementary Mathematics II topics before moving on to new areas in number theory and pattern recognition, the introduction of variables and expressions, further operations with fractions and decimals, a deeper exploration of data and statistics, proportional and geometric relationships, probability, area and volume, and the coordinate plane. Further emphasis will be placed on distinguishing pure math uses from applied uses.

ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS IV

Elementary Mathematics IV students will be introduced to algebraic concepts through both theory and applications. Modeling and real-world problems are introduced throughout the course. This course focuses on the study of algebraic manipulation and graphical interpretations, and covers topics ranging from geometry to pre-algebra. (Note: Students who do well in this course may advance to Algebra I on the advice of the teacher.)

ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS V

Elementary Mathematics V covers topics in pre-algebra and geometry through Algebra I. It is meant as a slower-paced introduction to the topics covered in Algebra I during middle school. (Note: Students excelling at a high level in this course may transfer to Algebra I on the advice of the teacher.)

#### SCIENCES

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE I

During set 1 students will be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

• asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways;

• observing closely, using simple equipment;

• performing simple tests;

• identifying and classifying;

• using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions;

• gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE II

During set 2, students will be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

• asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them;

• setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests;

• making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers;

• gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions;

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE III

During set 3, students will be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

• asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific  recording findings using scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables;

• reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions;

• using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions;

• identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes;

• using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE IV

During set 4, students will be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

• planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary;

• taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate;

• recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs;

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE V

During set 5, students will be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

• using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests;

• reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and a degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations;

• identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

#### ENGLISH LANGUAGES ARTS

Introduction

ICS Elementary School aims to support students in their personal and academic development through a comprehensive experience in English Language Arts instruction. Confidence, engagement and continual practice are crucial elements in the ICS classroom where students, with English as their second language, are expected to follow an advanced Elementary English curriculum. Students will receive a combination of formative and summative assessments in addition to developing a writing portfolio which will culminate at each year-end, allowing them to reflect on their growth as writers.

Pre-requisite Skills

Prior to starting Set 1 Elementary English Language, students must have command of reciting and writing the English alphabet, phonics, and beginner level of English speaking.

Course Progression

Students will be placed in the English Language course of their Set level with the expectation that they have gained proficiency in the curriculum standards of all preceding Set levels. Thereafter, students will progress through English Language courses in sequential order. Each English Language course has a duration of 1 academic year.

Organization of course curriculum and standards

Each Set-level course will focus on three disciplines that are vital to the development of English mastery: Reading, Writing and Grammar. Each discipline lists the curriculum standards, or topics of study, along with specific learning targets, or skills, that are necessary to successfully master each standard/topic.

Course Curriculum

ELEMENTARY ENGLISH I

ELEMENTARY ENGLISH II

ELEMENTARY ENGLISH III

ELEMENTARY ENGLISH IV

ELEMENTARY ENGLISH V

#### Social Studies

Introduction

The primary aim of learning social studies is to help young people make informed and reasons decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an independent world. By drawing upon disciplines from various fields of scholarly areas, students are expected to promote civic competence - the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions to sustain and improve the global community.

→  Throughout the classes of social studies in Elementary school, all topics learned by the students will incorporate the following themes in connection to their topics.

• Culture

• Time, Continuity, and Change

• People, Places, and Environments

• Individual Development and Identity

• Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

• Power, Authority, and Governance

• Production, Distribution and Consumption

• Science, Technology, and Society

• Global Connections

• Civic Ideals and Practices

Course Curriculum

ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES I

ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES II

ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES III

ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES IV

ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES V

#### OTHER

ART

MUSIC

HEALTH & WELLNESS

LIFE SKILLS

ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (EP)

CHOIR

DRAMA