Elementary School (1-4)

The Elementary School at the American International School of Lagos provides a safe, nurturing and welcoming environment committed to developing our children’s intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth.

Elementary students are naturally eager to explore, investigate and learn. As such the Elementary School engages students in a wide range of fun, stimulating and developmentally appropriate learning experiences. Our teachers foster a supportive environment for collaborative, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities where students are encouraged to inquire, take risks, solve problems and apply their learning to real life contexts.

Anchored in the AERO Common Core Plus Standards, our Elementary School curriculum provides our students with a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy skills. Social studies and science topics are explored through our units of inquiry as well as integrated with other subjects as appropriate. African history and culture, research skills, and technology skills are integrated throughout the curriculum. In addition to the core homeroom subjects, our elementary students take classes in Physical Education, Visual Arts, Music, and World Languages (French or Spanish).


Based on the English Language Arts AERO Common Core Plus standards, the Elementary School uses a balanced literacy approach to develop students’ skills in all the literacy strands:

  • reading
  • writing
  • listening and speaking
  • language foundation

Daily literacy lessons include reading workshops, read-alouds, shared reading, guided reading,writing workshops, and word study.Additionally, literacy skills are regularly integrated in authentic contexts across the curriculum.


The Elementary School Mathematics curriculum aims to develop students’ conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem solving capacity.Students are taught to use critical thinking skills and investigate multiple solutions to mathematical problems. Students begin to develop an understanding of the skills and concepts of mathematics through hands-on experiences with concrete materials in all the mathematics strands:

  • patterns and algebraic thinking
  • number sense and operations
  • measurement and data
  • geometry


Our Science curriculum uses an inquiry, exploratory and hands-on approach to expose students to scientific concepts. Students learn how to use the scientific process effectively to understand the world around them in the three main scientific strands:

  • physical science
  • earth and space sciences
  • life sciences

Social Studies

Our Social Studies curriculum promotes local (Nigeria), regional (Africa) and global awareness. Students are exposed to a wide variety of cultural, historical and contemporary concepts that encourage critical and reflective thinking from multiple perspectives.The Elementary Social Studies curriculum framework is based on eight central strands:

  • time, continuity, and change
  • connections and conflict
  • geography
  • culture
  • society and identity
  • government
  • production, distribution, and consumption
  • science, technology, and society

Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) is an important component of a holistic education. Our curriculum encourages lifelong healthy living and enjoyment of physical activity. Our students are exposed to to a variety of individual, team and sports/life activities in order to develop their fine and gross motor skills, physical fitness, and awareness of healthy habits.

World Languages

For World Languages, the Elementary School offers a choice of Spanish or French. Students learn to listen, speak, read and write through exposure to a variety of authentic language contexts. Language instruction incorporates singing, games, role-playing, and other engaging strategies in order to foster student enjoyment and motivation to learn an additional language. Additionally, students learn about other countries and cultures, making important global connections related to languages.

Visual Arts

Our Visual Arts program stimulates students’ creativity and expression through exploration with a variety of media. Rooted in historical and cultural contexts, students learn specific vocabulary, concepts and techniques which allow them to express themselves in a variety of art forms. As relevant, art is integrated into other subject area units in order to strengthen the students’ interdisciplinary connections and learning.


Our Music curriculum encourages students to sing and play a variety of music. As students progress through the elementary curriculum, they are exposed to several instruments and musical concepts.In grades 3 and 4, students also begin to learn to read musical notation and play the recorder. Regular opportunities are provided for students to perform what they have learned in front of an audience.