Year 1 to Year 6 - 5 to 11 Years Old
Our Primary School Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales but offers features of enhancement such as specialist lessons in languages and creative subjects. The flexibility that being an international school means that we are in a fortunate position to offer the best of different curricula and educational ideas from around the world. Thus, we are able to develop our own unique learning experience for the children at Straits International School. As with most primary schools, we are targeting the development of literacy and numeracy skills but we are also able to add to the experiences of children with supplementary learning opportunities.
The focus throughout the Primary School is on providing stimulating learning opportunities to children through well-planned and prepared lessons which will lead to children progressing through a series of assessment levels, culminating in their graduation in Year Six. Assessment is on-going, both formal and informal, and all pupils are offered a personalised learning experience to ensure all areas of the curriculum are understood by each student in order to fully prepared the students for Secondary School.
Year 1 & 2 (Key Stage 1)
Students build upon their work from the EYFS and the curriculum shifts towards a more recognisable balance of subjects with the focus on English, Maths and Science. We also build on our language foundations in Mandarin and Bahasa (for Malaysian students). Creative subjects such as Art, Music and Drama continue and we focus our learning about the past (History) and world around us (Geography) in Humanities. We also continue to support our physical development in P.E. For IDEALS Week, students do a week of fun, service-based activities locally.
Year 3 To 6 (Key Stage 2)
As the children grow, the learning becomes more and more in depth in an exciting way. We continue to build upon the knowledge and skills from Key Stage One as children ready themselves for their Year Six Cambridge Checkpoint test. We continue to focus on English, Math and Science and by now, children are becoming more and more adept in all areas of learning. We can hear Mandarin classes conducted solely in Mandarin and see children in the School Library reading more advanced books. From Year 3 onwards, overseas children can also begin French lessons. Creative and physical development continues through Art, Music, Drama and P.E. and children are also now becoming much more independent and take responsibility for their own learning and development. There are increasing opportunities for wider school roles, such as sports teams, performances and outings. For IDEALS Week, Years 3 and 4 will go away for a few days to a local area, whilst Years 5 and 6 will go further afield and take part in camping and team-building activities.