Elementary School

Age range 6 -12

Learners at the elementary school maintain high quality education within the framework of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The inquiry-based environment provokes the learners to question big ideas, investigate issues, consider a range of possibilities, and reflect on findings. Learners develop critical and meta-cognitive thinking as they pose real life problems and approach them. Learners in their final primary year culminate their PYP experience through the PYP Exhibition (see below).

What is the Primary Years Programme (PYP)?

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child. Touching hearts as well as minds, it encompasses the academic development in addition to the social, physical, and emotional well-being of children having diverse personal needs and cultural backgrounds.
The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.
The aim of this programme is to nurture citizens of the world who are inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, balanced and reflective.
The curriculum framework consists of five essential elements: concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and action. The knowledge component is developed through inquiries into six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, supported and balanced by six subject areas illustrated in the model below:

The PYP Exhibition

The PYP Exhibition is an important event that unites students, teachers, parents, and other members in the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates all essential elements of the PYP. Celebrating their transition from the primary to the middle school, the students culminate their PYP experience and exhibit the attributes of the IB learner profile they have been developing throughout their engagement in the primary years. Through the PYP Exhibition, the students engage in an in-depth collaborative inquiry into community issues of local and global significance. Learners have the opportunity to apply the acquired skills and attitudes in a conceptual inquiry that they plan and carry out. This event also demonstrates how students can take action towards their own learning.

Latest Elementary School News

تأمّل ومسؤوليّة… فاستمراريّة

تحلّى متعلّمو الصّفّ الثّاني الأساسي بالحماس والفضول خلال العمل على محور “نتشارك الكوكب”، إذ استكشفوا الموارد الطبيعيّة الموجودة من حولهم؛ فأدركوا أهمّيتها وضرورة استمراريّتها، للتّمكّن من العيش، إذ صارت مشكلة هدر الموارد الطبيعيّة تؤرق العالم بأسره، وذلك لما لها من تداعيات وآثار خطيرة على المدى القريب والبعيد. فشاهد المتعلمون مستندات بصريّة، وقرأوا نصوصًا وقصصًا متنوعة>>>>

العودة إلى المدرسة

في هذا العصر، عصر الانفتاح ، العصر المثقل بالمتناقضات الّتي تعانيها البشريّة، صار من الملحّ ربط التعلّم بالحياة؛ أي التعلّم للحياة، لأنّ غاية التّربيّة الأساسيّة مساعدة المتعلّمين على صقل مهاراتهم ونمو شخصيّتهم للاندماج في محيطهم ومجتمعهم. فعلى المتعلّمين أن يعملوا بكلّ ما أوتوا من قوّة وثبات على بناء مجتمع يسود فيه السّلام، من خلال امتلاك تلك المهارات، كي يكونوا قادرين على إدارة شؤونهم الذّاتيّة بمسؤوليّة ووعي، والتّكيّف مع الظّروف والمتغيّرات كافة. وقد قدّم عام 2020 درسًا مهمًّا في تعلّم كيفيّة التّعامل مع التغّيير، فالتّغيير جزء طبيعي من الحياة، ويجب أن نكون قادرين ومستعدّين لتغيير المسار عند الضّرورة.>>>

The Fourth Edition of our School Book Fair

This year, organizing a 3-day book fair in times of economic uncertainty and social instability was not an easy decision. Although it was the fourth time, we were going to do it, and our logistic planning tools were ready, we still had to test the waters to see if it would work. Will publishing and printing houses participate this time? Will local bookshops be able to join? Will students buy books the way they did in the three last v… See more

My First-Year Journey in Houssam Eddine Hariri High School

Be Open to Change:
Joining the HHHS learning community was a big challenge because I had to shift from the traditional curriculum to the PYP. In the first place, supporting the students was one of my strong suits.

Plan, Plan, and Plan:
I learned to have a backup to my backup plan and to take bad days as opportunities to reflect and grow.

Seek help and ask questions:
I explored that this school is the one that works for you, having amazing coordinators and colleagues that were supportive with their words of encouragement. Working in HHHS is more than being a teacher; I am an advocate for learning. >>>

Using Authentic Reading Resources in the Classroom

Using authentic resources in the classroom has several goals, one of which is to expose the student to as much real language as possible. The authentic resources have a significant role in the classroom, even if it is not a real-life situation.
Removing a text from its native context reduces its authenticity. On the other hand, authentic materials also allow the reader to obtain accurate knowledge and learn about current events in the world. The reason we tend relate between our units of inquiry and diverse resources is that they always have something to say, whether it is information, a story, or a review. >>>
Nadine Assaf
Elementary Department
Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher