Primary School 5-11 year olds

Children in the Primary School learn according to the principles of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme. Through a carefully designed learning environment which places strong emphasis on student well-being, children at ISL are nurtured towards being caring and active participants in a lifelong learning journey.

Dual Language programme

The International School of Lausanne (ISL) has introduced a dual language programme for students in the Primary School. Year 3 to Year 6. Two classroom teachers, speaking English and French, co-teach the Primary Years Programme through a Content and Language Integrated Learning Approach (CLIL). Find out more about our new programme, and explore the reasons why this programme would be valuable for your child.

Teacher in a primary class

Learning to learn

Grounded in inquiry and concept based learning, the IB Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework that aims to achieve a balance between the search for meaning and understanding, and the acquisition of essential skills and knowledge. Character learning, articulated through the learner profile and approaches to learning skills, underpins all that we do in our pursuit to develop the whole child. At ISL, through a curriculum that is both rigorous and significant, we cultivate human connection; physical and emotional well-being; and cultural awareness to ensure that our children are well poised to make a positive difference in the world.

Discover the journey of the PYP Exhibition, a student-led project that capstones the final year of the Primary Years Programme.

“The Primary School is a place where students can engage, interact, and explore their world in a caring and supportive environment. We believe that the explicit teaching of well-being is the foundation on which we develop confident lifelong learners.”

Frazer Cairns, School Director
Horaire de la section primaire - International school of Lausanne
Library International School of Lausanne
Primary School Library

Our curriculum

We understand that the main responsibility of the Primary School is the acquisition of academic and study skills. However, to create truly enthusiastic students and lifelong learners, our curriculum also gives children meaningful opportunities to use their skills as both members of a community and independent learners.

Discover our curriculum

Primary class with teacher

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