Primary School – Pan American School


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Primary School

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Learning by Collaboration Preschool Elementary School Primary Years Programme

Learning by Collaboration

In primary school, students and teachers are partners on a learning journey. As part of the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), the inquiry-based curriculum framework provokes students to be active critical thinkers, considering traditional disciplines against a global backdrop, while also exploring their own cultural context. Our goal in the primary school is to make each day as meaningful, compelling, challenging and positive an experience as possible.


In preschool our three, four, and five-year-olds experience learning through free and guided play. The preschool program includes music, art, physical education, Portuguese, and is further enriched with a variety of after-school activities. A day in preschool combines elements of the Reggio Emilia approach, recognizing students as individually expressive and creative, encouraging contact with different materials, and working actively with their hands, minds, and emotions. As part of the IB Primary Years Programme, content is taught within a real-world context that allows students to make meaningful connections between their lives and what they learn in the classroom, building knowledge in both English and Portuguese.

Elementary School

Elementary school consists of students in grades one through five (ages 6 to 10) and focuses on inquiry. Here, students learn and continue to build on their understanding of tolerance, respect, and global mindedness. As part of the IB Primary Years Programme, students are guided towards making significant connections between traditional classroom disciplines (math, science, arts, social studies, language arts, etc.), discovering real-life applications, and creating personal meaning. With the objective of developing social-emotional skills in our students, Pan American has adopted the Second Step Program. The program is taught once a cycle with Teachers and Counselors, helping to create a school-wide common language around conflict resolution and reflection.

Primary Years Programme

As part of the International Baccalaureate program (IB), preschool and elementary students participate in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is an inquiry-based program that focuses on the child’s development into an attentive and respectful, reflective learner. The framework encourages curiosity and investigation guided by six transdisciplinary themes - or units of inquiry. Each unit is explored in a way that inspires students to get engage with their learning

Transdisciplinary Themes

Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet


Address student academic, social and emotional well-being.

Encourage students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning.

Support student efforts to gain an understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it.

Help students establish personal values as a foundation for international mindedness.


Preschool Campus

Av. João Paetzel, 440 – Chácara das Pedras

Porto Alegre/RS [91330-280]

The main campus of our school occupies a constructed area of 6 thousand m², with 24 classrooms and three student support rooms. Additionally, we offer music and theater studios, science labs, library and learning external areas. At the Preschool campus, there are six classrooms, with sports court and cafeteria.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does preschool adaptation work?

P3 students work with a differentiated adaptation schedule in the first two weeks of school, with reduced hours. The process is closely monitored by our preschool counselor with a focus on helping students and parents transition smoothly into the new school environment.

What support does Pan American offer to students that do not speak English fluently?

Students needing additional English support will have English as a Second Language as part of their regular school schedule. This course helps students improve their English language skills, helping students to feel confident and perform well in the classroom.

How does the school communicate with parents?

A variety of digital platforms are used to facilitate school to parent and parent to school communication. The majority of school communication takes place on a platform called Bloomz. Bloomz enables parent to teacher and teacher to parent communication and is also utilized to share out school-wide announcements.

How does grading work?

The evaluation system for the Primary School of Pan American School of Porto Alegre is defined as a narrative report card, in which the teacher describes the student's achievements and developments.