Primary Years Programme (JK- Grade 6)

Welcome To The Lower School

Imagine a place where a question leads to further inquiry.
Welcome to the Lower School.

At SJK, the IB Primary Years Programme resides in our Lower School, for students in Junior Kindergarten – Grade 6. Our classrooms are places where amazing things happen every day. On any given day, you will find happy, curious, engaged students who love to participate in their learning actively.

The learning, fuelled by natural curiosity, is hands-on and programming is personalized to the student’s educational journey. The breadth of experience is achieved, in part, through the connected IB curriculum. Co-curricular programming, outdoor experiential learning, second language learning, community lunch and engaging with the arts all adds to the student experience.

Ask our youngest students – What did you do today? You are likely to hear things such as I touched a frog; I watched a butterfly emerge; I learned a new word in Mandarin or French, I sang a new song, I made a friend. At SJK, these meaningful experiences are linked to the IB Primary Years Programme transdisciplinary themes.

The Campus Is Our Playground

Outdoor adventures are an essential part of the experience for students in the Lower School. Our campus includes both a traditional playground and natural play elements sympathetic to the landscape. Forested areas and our pond are used for experiential learning after school, and each spring, you will find our students extended their learning during Outdoor Classroom Day – a time when the entire campus is used.

Specialized Opportunities

Beginning in Junior Kindergarten, our students have the opportunity to learn both French and Mandarin from native-speaking teachers as part of their academic week. In addition, we offer Mandarin as part of our co-curricular programming offered each term. Passionate specialists who bring professional artist experience to the classroom teach music instruction, both vocal and instrumental beginning with our youngest students in Junior Kindergarten. This enriched learning is celebrated through performances at special events, student assemblies and concerts.

Community Is A Cornerstone

Building community is purposeful and part of our programming. Weekly assemblies connect our students to each other while full school events, such as Eaglemania, a house competition, connect them to students in Grades 7 – 12. It is not uncommon to see our younger students greet our older students with a ‘high-five’ in our hallways or to see them hand-in-hand on the way to lunch. Prepared daily by our own Red Seal-certified chef, and served in our Dining Hall, lunch at SJK is a community activity where connection and relationships are as important as healthy eating. The community extends beyond the classroom through community service initiatives and the global perspective integrated into the IB curriculum and the School’s values.

The Grade 6 Exhibition

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  • A Transdisciplinary Celebration

    The PYP Exhibition is a culminating, in-depth inquiry into real-world issues or problems. It is an opportunity for students to collaborate and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they have developed during their learning in the Primary Years Programme to demonstrate that they are truly internationally-minded global citizens.
    Grade 6 Exhibition inquiries are developed by the students from the PYP Transdisciplinary Theme, Who we are: An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.