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Junior School

Message from the Junior School Principal

Welcome to Junior School! I have worked at ISU for 14 years and have had the privilege of seeing students move through the Primary Years Programme and beyond. It’s always a pleasure to see the depth of understanding and interest which the students experience as they study the Units of Inquiry in the Primary Years Programme. We have a professional, committed and enthusiastic faculty supported by a strong and experienced team of Teaching Assistants. Our teachers come from the UK, USA, Uganda, New Zealand, Canada, Serbia, South Africa, Russia, Ireland and Australia. Each class has a teaching assistant to support the learning programme. For more details of our grade level teams and the curriculum please click on the relevant grade level guide below.

Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5

Currently we have over 250 students in Junior School. The age range is from 2.5 – 11 years. Our younger children learn in our purpose built Early Childhood Centre. Our experienced early childhood team support learing in our Playgroup, mixed-age group Early Childhood classes in spacious student centred environment surrounded by excellent outdoor learning and play facilities. The ratio of teachers to students is high (1:4 in Playgroup and 1:5 in Early Childhood).
Lower Junior School is comprised of Kinder (ages 5-6), Grade 1 (6-7) and Grade 2 (7-8). Upper Junior School is Grade 3 (ages 8-9), Grade 4 (9-10) and Grade 5 (10-11). In each grade there are two classes. Class sizes in these parts of the school vary but currently the average is 18 with the maximum at 22.

The Junior School follows the Primary Years Programme which is an IB programme for Primary School aged students. The students learn through units of inquiry, facilitated and guided by the teacher, developing skills of research, collaboration, communication, thinking and self-management. Mathematics and Language lessons are taught through transdisciplinary learning integrated into the units of inquiry by the class teacher. Music, Art, Dance/Drama, and PE are taught by specialists to all students. Additional Languages are offered from Kinder upwards and include a choice of: Luganda, Kiswahili, Chinese, French, Spanish and Arabic.  Technology and Library skills are integrated into the learning by our tech coach and library teacher.
The Junior School creates four opportunities for parents to engage in formal progress reviews during the year. In October we hold a 3-Way Conference where students share their goals and hopes for the year. In December parents receive the Semester 1 written report published on ManageBac. In March there is a Student-Led-Conference where students share their learning with their parents. Finally in June the Semester 2 written report is again published on ManageBac. In addition to this there are ‘Grade Level Teas’ at least twice a year at which parents are invited to school to find out from their child what they have been learning about.  We also use SeeSaw portfolios as a tool to share learning on a continuous basis throughout the year.

All learning at ISU is supported by the Learning Support Team. The team consists of the following:

  • Learning Support Teams: These teams serve two grade levels through the work of a Learning Support Teacher and Learning Support Teaching Assistant. These two specialists support learners across the two grade levels. These include learners with identified learning differences, students who are learning English as an additional Language (EAL) and students who have exceptional abilities.
  • Counselling Service: From time to time students need support for needs other than learning and we have a counselor who works with students in groups or individually to supports broader issues within the grade level.

Elsewhere on the website you will be able to find out about the After School Activities Programme which offers a wide range of activities for students between 3-4pm four days a week. In addition to this, students are able to take private music lessons at ISU through the Kampala Music School. Currently we offer lessons in piano, guitar, drums, woodwind, cello and violin.

If you have any questions about Junior School please don’t hesitate to email me at jsprincipal@isumail.ac.ug. For more information about the Junior School, please read the Student Parent Handbook.

The website can inform you about the school but if you have the opportunity, please come and visit!

Daniel Todd
Junior School Principal