Lower School

Right foot forward.

Children are inspired to develop a lifelong love of learning.

In Lower School, students continue to develop their core skills of reading, writing and mathematics, complemented by a structured wider curriculum that challenges and motivates them to develop a keen interest in the world around them.

“Da Vinci International School is producing really great young people.”
Mrs Janey

Our small classes and excellent facilities ensure high academic results. Within a warm and supportive environment, we motivate children to achieve their best at all times, both academically and personally.

“We love the school.”
Mr & Mrs Amar

Art, drama, music and sports together with a wide 
range of extra-curricular activities contribute to every
 student achieving success and developing confidence in their own abilities.

 

CURRICULUM

Our Lower School students follow The National Curriculum for England for Mathematics, English  and Languages. The remaining subjects (Art and Design, Drama, Geography, History, Information Communication Technology, Music, Physical Education and Science) follow The International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-12 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. As Da Vinci is located within the Flemish community of Belgium, Dutch is taught from Year 1 onwards. Lower School children are taught by a class teacher who is supported by a team of specialist subject teachers for Art, Drama, Dutch, Music and PE.

SUBJECTS

Mathematics

English

Science

Geography

History

Dutch

Computing

Art and Design

Drama

Music

Physical Education

ACTIVITIES

Students in Lower School are ready to take on the world! They start by discovering the treasures that lie within Antwerp and further afield. Field trips include visits to a range of museums, zoos and wildlife parks, a Sports Day as well as curriculum-based excursions. Students can choose to join a range of clubs including Art, Dance, Drama and Sports, in addition to participating in a myriad of events including annual visits from Sinterklaas and the Easter Bunny, Halloween and Carnival celebrations, Discos, Film Forums, Food Festivals, Performing Arts Productions (Christmas Shows, LAMDA Showcases, Musical Performances) and Bicycle Safety Days, to name but a few.

ASSESSMENT

Both informal and formal assessments are carried out regularly throughout the school year. Parents are always kept up to date about their child’s progress through test cards, end of semester reports as well as parent-teacher meetings.