Primary School

Primary School Curriculum at Tandem IMS

Our Primary School students develop and use different languages (E/G/F) in the following way:

  • Fluency in English (at age appropriate for the UK National Curriculum level) both orally and in written form (see link Assessment).
  • Fluency in German (at age appropriate for the Canton Zürich’s curriculum level) both orally and in written form (see link Assessment).
  • French is officially introduced in Grade 1 and continues through to the end of primary school aiming to reach A2/B1 level of the Common European Framework (see link). Furthermore we prepare our students for the DELF Prim (A1.1, A1 and A2) as well as the DELF-Junior-Diploma.

Mathematics in the primary school meets the objectives defined by the curriculum of Canton Zurich. Using a combination of the ‘Mathematik’ programme, teachers also employ a variety of other resources and engaging activities to ensure that the curriculum objectives are met through enquiry based learning, in both English and German. This therefore enhances the child’s knowledge, vocabulary and understanding of mathematical concepts. 

Science is taught throughout the primary years and offers children the chance to develop their knowledge and skills in a range of areas including: scientific enquiry; life processes and living things; materials and their properties; and physical processes.

The curriculum for our primary school is designed to allow for our students a wide range of opportunities at the end of Grade 6 whether they wish to continue their education in German, in English, or bilingually. This latter objective, the aim of many of our students, can be achieved by working towards the “Gymi”-Examinations and then continuing on the path towards a Cantonal bilingual Maturität. (see link Gymi-Preparation).

For all other additional curricula activities and offers at Primary School level, please go to "Multilingual Curriculum".

Age 6 to 12 years
Class size 15 - 21 children
Teachers per class 1-2 teachers + specialist teachers
Minimum attendance 4.5 days
Curriculum Zürcher Lehrplan  & Units of Enquiry
School location Zurich Seefeld

"Notre matière préférée? La piscine! On s'amuse bien et on apprend à nager."
(Leo et Sophia, 7 ans)

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