The Primary School

(Ages 3 to 11 years)

The Primary School is a welcoming and vibrant environment in which all students are encouraged to reach their full potential. Our curriculum is carefully designed to promote high standards, whilst ensuring a love of learning and enjoyment of school. The Primary School is divided into two distinct phases: Early Years and Key Stage 2.

Primary School

Early Years

Nursery – Reception (Pre-school) Ages 3 – 5
Year 1 – 2 (Key Stage 1) Ages 5 – 7
Key Stage 2 Years 3 – 6 Ages 7 – 11

For children in Nursery and Reception we base our curriculum on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum from the UK and we also incorporate best practice from Early Years education throughout the world. For children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, the children follow the National Curriculum for England in Mathematics and English and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Our Curriculum has been carefully designed for children of all abilities and all learning styles, and encourages individual and group work competencies.

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is currently being used in over 1,000 schools in 65 countries worldwide. It was launched in the year 2000, having taken several years to create by a group of leading experts in children’s learning from around the world. The IPC is delivered in such a way that it ensures continuity and progression throughout the years, feeding naturally into the Lower Secondary Curriculum, and then into the IGCSE courses. The IPC is a thematic curriculum promoting inquiry-based learning through units of work that today’s children find interesting and relevant. Each unit of work lasts on average about six to eight weeks and links all subjects through this one common theme. Research has shown that the more connections the brain can make, the better a child will learn.

We are a technology rich school, integrating Information Technology across the curriculum through the use of computers and mobile devices. In addition our classrooms are equipped with full multi media facilities and interactive whiteboards that contribute to our purposeful, comfortable learning environments.

Pre-School

(Ages 3 to 5 years)

The knowledge, skills and attitudes that children gain in Pre-School is important for their future as it lays the foundation for the kind of skills and behaviour that children are expected to master in later years. We give a high priority to the process of learning through practical play based activities and first-hand experiences. Our purpose built pre-school area offers a dynamic environment for our children to learn within. Children are active in cultivating friendships and in participating in activities both inside and outside the classroom.

The EYFS sets out the stages of development from birth through to the end of the Reception Year. Active learning, play and exploration, creativity and critical thinking are central to EYFS. These ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ underpin learning and development across all areas of the curriculum.

There are seven areas of learning and development, three prime areas and four specific areas.

Prime Areas of Learning and Development:
The prime areas are fundamental to your child’s development, they run through and support all areas of learning. The prime areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children develop a positive sense of self and respect for others, social skills including dressing, undressing and washing, as well as having an enthusiasm for learning.

Communication and Language
Children develop confidence and competence in communicating, understanding, speaking and listening.

Physical Development
Children will be helped to develop skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement and to understand the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Specific Areas of Learning and Development:
The specific areas of learning grow out of the prime areas and include essential skills and knowledge. These specific areas are:

Literacy
Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics
Developing a growing understanding of problem solving and numbers, through stories, songs, games and play. Children should become comfortable with numbers and use language such as ‘heavier than’ or ‘bigger’.

Understanding of the World
Learning to make sense of the world, finding out about the natural environment, using tools and different materials to make things and exploring ICT.

Expressive Arts and Design
Developing imagination and creativity in art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and
role-play activities.

Key Stage 1

(Ages 5 to 7 years)

In Key Stage 1 we build on the foundations of the EYFS encouraging the children to become confident in their developing abilities. The children are provided with rich learning opportunities intended to foster a sense of curiosity and enjoyment and there is also a focus on social and emotional development.

At this stage there is a focus on the children’s literacy development; their increasing understanding of phonics leads to progression in their fluency of reading and writing. Similarly there is a focus on the acquisition of mathematical skills and understanding.

The IPC units are carefully structured to engage our children and all begin with an exciting ‘Wow Day’. These Wow Days act as a hook, stimulating the children’s interest and igniting a passion for learning. Teaching strategies are personalised to address the needs of our children and they are also encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively. All children in Key Stage 1 also have specialist lessons in subjects such as Physical Education (PE), Swimming, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia and Performing Arts.

Key Stage 2

(Ages 7 to 11 years)

Key Stage 2 spans four years and is a carefully planned phase that seamlessly transitions children from Key Stage 1 and fully prepares them for their secondary education. As with Key Stage 1, the children are taught through carefully planned IPC units and there is a continuing focus on competency in English and Mathematics. There is a subtle shift in the emphasis on reading at this stage moving from a focus on the children ‘learning to read’, to them ‘reading to learn’.

Our stimulating and exciting curriculum aims to promote a love of learning amongst the children. This phase in their development is also characterised by increasing independence and the children become more reflective learners. There are also many opportunities for children to develop socially and emotionally with great emphasis placed on collaboration and cooperation. All children in Key Stage 2 also have specialist lessons in subjects such as Physical Education (PE), Swimming, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia and Performing Arts.

An exciting feature of Key Stage 2 is that the children participate in developmentally appropriate residential programmes designed to enrich our curriculum. The experience of being away from home and ‘pulling together’ means that children develop stronger peer relationships and grow in resilience and independence.

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