Being accredited as an IB World School, instruction at IS Brescia is based on the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, a course of studies divided into units of inquiry. Central ideas and lines of inquiry within our units include all of the disciplines (language, mathematics, science, social studies, personal, social, physical education, music and the arts). This ”transdisciplinary” approach assures that learning is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant across various contexts. Students see the big picture of why it is important to reach a deeper understanding of the world and their own place in it. International in scope, our curriculum fulfils the aims of the IB Learner Profile. Our students are encouraged to become thinkers, inquirers, communicators and academic risk-takers, while displaying knowledge, principles, open-mindedness and compassion that lead to a well-balanced, reflective outlook on the world. (www.ibo.org)
Why the elementary school begins 1 year earlier than the Italian system: International schools believe that children are ready to approach reading and writing before the age of 6. An “inquiry-based”, pragmatical approach to education stimulates the natural curiosity of the children who actively enjoy every day learning. At the age of 5 (Grade 1), children are trained to the “phonics and numeracy” program; the roots of their future learning.