Primary School

Grades
1 to 6

Primary School at CIS is the perfect environment for students in Grades 1 to 6 to develop their inherent curiosity into a passion for lifelong learning. Reflecting our international context, our curriculum draws from the best curricula globally and is delivered within the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework. Teaching instruction caters to each student’s needs, abilities and learning styles, resulting in a community of happy, confident and engaged learners.

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Primary School

An international
curriculum

Underpinned by the PYP framework, our stimulating and creative curriculum supports each child in reaching their personal potential. Our interdisciplinary inquiry-based approach results in students who take ownership and responsibility for their learning. They are able to think deeply about issues, work collaboratively, solve problems creatively, and communicate across a variety of media.

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Primary School students can enter our English immersion programme or our bilingual programme in Chinese and English. In the English immersion programme, lessons are conducted in English, and they choose daily French, Chinese or Spanish taught by dedicated language specialists. In our pioneering bilingual Chinese-English programme (Grades 1 to 5), students learn equally in both languages, Chinese and English.

In the PYP, students engage in topic based learning commonly referred to as the Unit of Inquiry (UOI), and different subject areas are integrated as they explore a particular concept or topic. Students have dedicated English and maths lessons, and specialist teachers for Chinese, French, Spanish, physical education, art, music and drama. Where possible, learning in these specialist areas links back to the overarching topic. Science and social studies are learnt exclusively in the context of the UOI. Our Digital Literacy Coaches work with our teachers to ensure that technology is used to support and extend learning across subject areas.

Our STEAM programme, the first in Singapore, supports our students’ natural curiosity and creativity. They learn to make connections across subject areas as they invent, analyse and explore concepts.

Learning in Primary School is not just confined to the classroom. Students engage in a range of relevant and exciting hands-on outdoor learning opportunities including field trips, Excursion Week (Grades 4 onwards), Open Minds and expert visits to apply their learning in a real world context.

We understand our parents desire to take an active role in their child’s education and school life, and we provide a number of opportunities that allow this. Activities include helping out with reading groups or special activities, on field trips, or as a room parent with the PTA.

Primary School

A holistic
approach

Providing each and every child with a holistic educational experience is important to us. Our unique co-curricular programme, run during school hours, extends curricular learning by providing students with creative, performance, service and sporting opportunities. Our house system and Primary student council encourage a strong sense of community, leadership and team spirit.

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Our house system, designed to build a strong sense of community and pride within our Grades 1 to 12 student body, helps students develop skills in leadership and teamwork. Students regularly participate in house events, and our house captains are charged with helping to foster team spirit and a sense of belonging.

The Primary co-curricular activities (CCA) programme for students in Grades 1 to 6 is designed to provide opportunities that extend and enhance the curriculum during the school day. Delivered by our teachers, CCAs are organised into three blocks each school year. The four CCA focus areas are: Arts, Sports, STEAM, and Leadership (Lakeside) / Performing Arts (Tanjong Katong).

Just as our 3 blocks of CCAs extend and enhance our curriculum, leadership time extends and enhances the Action component of the PYP. Students develop an understanding of what it means to be a leader and work together to take action on issues or concerns they may have. Actions taken can be internally or externally focussed. Students are able to grow personally and socially because of these opportunities, and develop skills such as cooperation, conflict resolution, problem-solving and creative and critical thinking.

The student council provides further opportunities for our senior Primary students to further develop their leadership skills. Students campaign for the executive roles and are elected by their peers. These leadership opportunities ensure our students recognise the importance of responsibility to others and what it takes to create and promote a positive school culture.

Primary School

Communication
and assessment

Communication and connecting with our parents is important to us. Our teachers communicate with parents every Friday via My.CIS and we share important need-to-know information through our weekly newsletters and advisories. Coffee mornings, parent seminars and hands-on workshops are hosted regularly, and conferences are held three times a year to discuss each child’s progress. Detailed and descriptive reports are issued twice a year.

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Our teachers use regular assessments through the school year to track each child’s progress.

Formative assessments monitor learning and provide ongoing feedback during a unit, while summative assessments evaluate student learning at the end of a unit by comparing it to a standard or benchmark. Equally important, teachers consider a child’s attitude, effort, commitment, and social development when reporting.

Our open door policy ensures parents are able to meet with their child’s teachers at a mutually convenient time to discuss any concerns they may have.

CIS benchmarks student achievement (Grades 3 to 10) against NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) standards and international school norms in an external assessment called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Conducted three times a year, MAP results in Math and Literacy are also used to identify trend patterns and overall cohort progress year on year.

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