Lausanne is a Primary Years Programme (PYP) school.
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Lausanne provides an enjoyable, vibrant and robust academic setting for the youngest of our learners.
Our Early Childhood curriculum engages children in hands-on learning as our teachers work to enhance the little Lynx comprehension and creativity. Small class sizes also allow teachers to individually adapt and meet students' individual needs and natural curiosities.
Young children learn best through play. Time is allotted into each day for it and the building of gross motor skills. This is balanced with learning opportunities as our teachers make lesson plans come alive.
Children in JK are enthusiastic learners. They are encouraged by teachers to ask focused questions and explore various ways of learning.
Themes and units of inquiry build upon children's interests and learning and expand their horizons.
Lausanne JK students continue to develop language, cognitive, motor and social-emotional skills and independence.
Our little Lynx learn in a way that begins developing globally-minded attitudes.
The SK years are full of growth and exploration and we love embarking on this exciting journey with you.
Students are introduced to their classroom experience in a warm and nurturing environment. Utilizing the student-centered approach we are known for; children are encouraged to discover the world around them while connecting with their classmates and developing a strong sense of self.
Utilizing the PYP, our teachers use best practices to help students become enthusiastic, caring, compassionate, internationally-minded learners and problem-solvers.
Students in the first grade are embarking on a critical transition period. As they leave kindergarten behind for Lower School, they begin to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to move into more in-depth thinking and questioning.
Utilizing Lausanne's unique learning environment, students develop relationships with classmates that provide an environment where they are empowered to take risks and offer support when making mistakes.
Second-grade students are becoming more active learners as they master the skills they learned in the grades before. They are beginning to build a strong foundation for their future creative and intellectual pursuits.
Their curiosity is engaged with numerous field trips as well as a supportive and engaging learning environment. Second-grade students are learning to care about each other and members of the broader school community.
As the PYP continues, learning is student-centered, inquiry-based and ensures that students' strengths and interests are a part of the learning experience.
Students at Lausanne in third grade move into the second half of the PYP, developing greater independence. They complete research projects, work collaboratively with their peers and explore various technology platforms to communicate their understandings.
Lynx also experience a more significant emphasis on applying what they know to strengthen their skills further. Teachers work with them to strengthen the Learner Profile traits. These include being effective communicators, caring for friends and becoming reflective, knowledgeable students.
Wrapping up the PYP at Lausanne, the fourth-grade year is filled with in-depth research and collaborative learning. Students build on their educational foundations as they explore new ideas that strengthen their reading, writing, math and Units of Inquiry skills while consolidating their knowledge of the PYP.
Students grow their knowledge and confidence while embarking on educational journeys. Students utilize collaboration skills while Learner Profile traits such as being reflective and thoughtful communicators come into play. The learning experiences extend beyond the classroom and include exciting trip opportunities that go along with topics covered in the classroom.
Learning about literacy is a fundamental skill for all of our Lower School students. Communication skills are a large focus within our early childhood program. Learning to get along with friends, teachers and families and communicate your feelings are foundational skills for our young Lynx. Students are introduced to phonemic awareness authentically through daily classroom routines and activities. Building on those skills, students focus on phonemic awareness authentically through daily classroom routines and activities.
As the students age, skills are taught through Reading and Writing Workshop. Reading Workshop teaches reading and comprehension strategies that students apply at their reading level. Writing Workshop teaches students specific writing skills that are used at their levels while also incorporating grammar skills. Phonics and spelling skills are guided through the Units of Study in Phonics (SK-Second Grade) and Words Their Way (Third and Fourth Grade). These programs provide interactive instruction that enables students to apply phonics skills in their writing.
As students begin their educational journey, they learn through transdisciplinary themes in which all curriculum is interwoven while emphasizing science and social studies. Through this process, children develop healthy critical thinking, research, collaboration and communication skills. As they age, the unit of inquiry includes studying animal habitats and another on society's needs and wants, learning how technology alters our lives through robotics and coding and exploring entrepreneurship.
As they prepare for the Middle Years Programme, Lynx participate in the PYP Exhibition. The PYP Exhibition allows students to combine all of the elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the whole school community. It is a beautiful celebration of their readiness to transition to the MYP and Middle School.
Students use the Everyday Math curriculum from the University of Chicago, a comprehensive mathematics program developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and published by McGraw-Hill Education. Every year, about 220,000 classrooms use Everyday Mathematics.
As they begin, the math skills focused on include number recognition and counting. Those math skills are then taken and used to build on. By taking number recognition and counting to a new level, students apply their learning and explore more profound concepts such as operations, measurement, graphing, higher-level patterning and positions and spatial relationships.
As students continue to advance through grade levels, they build on mathematical skills through activities taught through large and small groups and partner games to practice the skill.
In what has become one of our Lower School students' day highlights, our experienced science teacher Dr. Frassinelli guides all Lower School students through a science teaching model that includes hands-on science labs and partner work.
Students connect their classroom science learning through Units of Inquiry and apply their knowledge in the Lower School Science Lab.
All Lausanne Lower School students benefit from daily language instruction from native speakers (Mandarin and Spanish). This allows them to expand on their language skills with instruction in both languages throughout the week.
Our world language teachers follow the learning goals of ACTFL (American Council on Teaching of Foreign Language). These national standards are taught through the "5 C's"- Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.