International School of Bologna

Specialist Subject Areas

Specialist Teachers have their own curriculum outcomes based on the IBO Scope and Sequence documents. This ensures they include all of the Essential Elements of the PYP Programme (Knowledge, Concepts, Skills, Attitudes/Attributes and Action) and is consistent with the approach of the classroom teacher. Where possible Specialist Teachers make links and collaborate with Class Teachers in the planning and teaching of the Units of Inquiry.

Visual Arts
Physical Education

The Visual Arts

Students develop knowledge and understanding of the Arts in society, both from a historical and cultural perspective. Students explore different media and techniques as they respond to what they have learned. Students engage in creating their own art works as they develop as artists in their own right. Students explore the following strands: Reflection and Appreciation, Visual Arts in Society, Creative Processes and The Elements of Art and Design. Learning Outcomes are organized in developmental phases within the Scope and Sequence document.

The International school has a rich artistic programme which is reflected in the school building itself which is full of the children’s artworks. Visiting Artists are invited to work with the students on various projects as well as visits from the children to Artists at work and various exhibitions. All children in the school have Art classes incorporated into their timetable for approximately one hour per week; the children study a variety of disciplines from painting, through to printing and sculpture.

In the Early Years the children work on Art Units which tie into their Unit of Inquiry programme, exploring painting, printing, collage, clay and construction, as well as going on trips to further their learning. In the final year of the Early Years programme the Transition class prepares and presents their own Art show after visiting the “Arte Fiera” here in Bologna.

In the Elementary classes the children work with a combination of “Stand-alone” Units as well as Units that are combined with their Unit of Inquiry. They explore painting, printing, construction, textile design, architecture, sculpture and recycled fashion. They are encouraged to keep sketch books and record things of interest to them on a weekly basis. There are many opportunities to further their learning outside the school environment as both ES2 and 3 look at Bologna as a city as well as the style of architecture and work on various projects in the city itself.    In ES3 the children go on an Art trip to Ravenna where they look at the Byzantine mosaics and then compare them with mosaic work of the present day, then creating their own. The school is very lucky to have parents who have a mosaic company and have been involved in various projects with the children, culminating in the donation of two large-scale mosaics to the school.


Students develop their knowledge and understanding of Music in Society. Students listen to a variety of music and respond to what they have learned through singing, playing instruments and by creating their own musical compositions. Students explore the following strands: Listening and Appreciation, Music in Society, Creating and Composing, Notation, Singing and Playing Instruments. Learning Outcomes are organized in developmental phases within the Scope and Sequence document.

Physical Education

In PE students develop an understanding of the factors that contribute to developing and maintaining a balanced,healthy lifestyle and the importance of regular physical activity and safety considerations for self and others. Students explore the following strands: Movement Composition, Individual Pursuits, Adventure Challenge, Games and Health-related fitness. Learning Outcomes are organized in developmental phases within the Scope and Sequence document.