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Elementary Curriculum

The elementary school has a bilingual program of English and Japanese, with students studying in English for about 70% of the time, and in Japanese for about 30% of the time.

With international teachers, the students study English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music and PE. Most of the learning takes place in school. PE lessons take place in the park across from the school and students have swimming lessons at a local sports center in the summer. Students enjoy a variety of fun, educational field trips throughout the year.

With Japanese teachers, students study Japanese, Japanese math, Japanese science and Japanese social studies in line with curriculum prescribed by Japan’s Ministry of Education. Although international students are not required to be proficient in Japanese to enroll at AIS, students are encouraged to learn the language in the spirit of the school’s bilingual program, and take part in all classes.

Finally, all students in the elementary school have the opportunity to learn to play violin, with an outside specialist teaching the students once or twice a week, as part of the curriculum.

Subjects

Objectives for each subject below are grade appropriate and form the basis of the dual curriculum program at AIS.

English Language Arts (all grades)

Students:

・Show interest in English and strives to improve communication skills.

・Talk about own thoughts precisely, and listens carefully to the intentions of others.

・Write effectively and logically to express own thoughts about subject matter.

・Grasp content and meaning of reading material and expands own thoughts.

・Understand sentence construction; can read/write words appropriate for grade.

Japanese Language Arts (all grades)

Students:

・Show interest in Japanese and strives to improve communication skills.

・Talk about own thoughts precisely, and listens carefully to the intentions of others.

・Write effectively and logically to express own thoughts about subject matter.

・Grasp content and meaning of reading material and expands own thoughts.

・Understand sentence construction; can read/write kanji prescribed for grade.

Math (all grades; English / Japanese)

Students:

・Show interest in amounts and figures, and strives to improve math learning.

・Acquire mathematical thought, and can understand math problems logically.

・Understand decimals/fractions, and can calculate, measure and graph numbers.

・Acquire accurate processing skills for amounts and shapes.

Science (G3-G6; English / Japanese)

Students:

・Pursue natural phenomenon (NP) and applies scientific rules to daily life.

・Seek to understand changes and causes of NP and solve problems.

・Can perform observations and experiments, and express the process and result.

・Understand characteristics, regularity and relationships of natural phenomenon.

Social Studies (G3-G6; English / Japanese)

Students:

・Show interest and strives to learn about other countries, societies, and history.

・Can understand and make appropriate judgments about societies and ethnicities.

・Can effectively use statistic materials, maps, photos and illustrations.

・Acquire an accurate knowledge and awareness of various foreign societies.

Life (G1+G2; English / Japanese)

Students:

・Pursue natural phenomenon (NP) and applies scientific rules to daily life.

・Seek to understand changes and causes of NP and solve problems.

・Understand characteristics, regularity and relationships of natural phenomenon.

PE (all grades)

Students:

・Show interest and enthusiasm towards physical exercise.

・Consider issues about exercise, health, safety, and makes appropriate decisions.

・Acquire basic movement and motor skills required for physical exercise.

・Acquire an accurate knowledge of health and safety.

Art (all grades)

Students:

・Show interest in creative activities and strives to use art to express oneself.

・Can select shapes, forms and colors to create ideas of expression.

・Use creative ability to express oneself with own emotions.

・Appreciate the virtues and beauty of artwork.

Music (all grades)

Students:

・Show interest and appreciation of music, and strives to express oneself musically.

・Can freely express one’s ideas and thoughts in musical activities.

・Sing in a natural and appropriate voice, and plays instruments correctly.

・Listen appreciatively to musical concepts.

Home Economics (G6)

Students:

・Show interest in home life and strives to improve daily activities at home.

・Consider issues about home life and how to solve them in one’s own way.

・Acquire fundamental skills required for daily living and home life.

・Acquire accurate knowledge about daily living and home life.

Violin (all grades)

Students:

・Show interest and appreciate of the violin, and can express oneself musically.

・Acquire fundamental violin skills.