Education of Elementary school
PYP [ Primary Years Programme ]
A unique method of education that explores all subjects through interdisciplinary themes
Setting IB-PYP, the center of learning, we support students’ growth as they find happiness in inquiring and understanding its process and method. By teaching them to see its essence, regardless of a fixed idea, students come to think deeply about things around them and problems of entire society.
We acquire all holistic education for physical, emotional social development of learners.
Interdisciplinary curriculum spanning six units of inquiry
We cultivate skills in Math, Social Studies, English and Science through the inquiry of the six themes.
At the same time, we value leading them to recognize the connection between what they learn at school and in society.
Theme 1WHO WE ARE
Theme 2WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME
Theme 3HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES
Theme 4HOW THE WORLD WORKS
Theme 5HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES
Theme 6SHARING THE PLANET
Local culture integrated education
We offer additional significant subject in elementary school where children have full sensibility towards the preservation of their indigenous language.
We hold Shimakutuba class, the original instruction that connects to an IB learner’s mission.
Exhibition is an opportunity for students to show the culmination of their learning. They choose an inquiry theme individually or collaboratively and exhibit knowledge, skills, and attitudes toward people things, and all actions that they acquire in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. It is an essential requirement for Middle Years Programme.
Team teaching supporting the multilingual environment
In elementary school, foreign teachers and Japanese teachers plan classes together and hold team-teaching to students according to their level and subject. For example, when class is held in English, a foreign teacher mainly handles the class while the Japanese teacher plays a supporting role. By doing so, even in an English environment, children do not rely too much on a Japanese teacher and acquire skills by learning independently.
At OIS, students learn not only listening and speaking, but also achieving the competence to express their opinions with a good command of English.
◆Eiken …Aim to acquire level 2 or higher by 6th grade.
◆TOEFL iBT… Aim to acquire a score of 57-86
Intensive Japanese instruction
Japanese language class is the foundation of learning and the International Baccalaureate inquiry class is taught in both English and Japanese. To have a good command of English, students strengthens the skills of the first language, Japanese, that leads to English skills.
Utilizing advanced ICT
For higher learning efficiency specifically, IT skills development with promptitude toward information society, all the students use a tablet (iPad) to support English, Japanese, and Math as well as the inquiry in the International Baccalaureate. With the advanced ICT environment, we challenge to provide future generation classes.
Relationship with public elementary school
Okinawa International School is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), but it is not authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Starting in elementary school when mandatory education begins, students have to register at a public school in their district as they attend OIS. Students will receive textbooks and health checkups from the public school they are registered. OIS will continuously report students’ attendance and grades to the public school, and they will be given a certificate of completion in elementary school by the public school. (In the case of a Japanese citizenship holder)
Future career after Elementary Department
IB integrated education
Many of the students proceed to OIS Middle School to pursue integrated education of the International Baccalaureate
We give advice on any consultation such as proceeding to OIS Middle School and transferring from public schools.