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International 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 global primary school curricula and is delivered within the 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 Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework, our primary school curriculum supports each child in reaching their personal potential. Our interdisciplinary, inquiry-based approach teaches students to 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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Our primary school students can choose to enrol in either our English immersion programme or our Chinese-English bilingual programme. In our English immersion programme, lessons are conducted in English except for compulsory daily language acquisition classes. Students can choose to study either French, Spanish or Chinese. In our Chinese-English bilingual programme, students learn equally in both English and Chinese.

Our rigorous curriculum delivered within the PYP framework, means our students engage in topic based learning commonly referred to as the Unit of Inquiry (UOI). Where possible, specialist subject areas such maths, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, art, music, drama and physical education, are integrated into students’ learning as they explore a particular concept or topic (UOI). Science and social studies are learnt exclusively in the context of the UOI. Our top Digital Literacy Coaches work with our teachers to ensure that technology is used to support and extend learning across subject areas.

Our unique STEAM programme, plays is an integral part of every primary school students’ education. We have a dedicated STEAM teacher, resources and spaces for students to innovate, create, problem solve and engage in design thinking. Our STEAM teacher collaborates with other teachers to integrate STEAM opportunities in units of inquiry and specific subject areas.

As one of Singapore’s leading private primary schools, learning is not just confined to the classroom. Instead, we engage our students in a wide variety of outdoor learning activities ranging from lessons in our Outdoor Discovery Centres to field trips, excursion week and Open minds (hands-on learning experiences in settings such as Fort Canning and Sungei Buloh wetlands).

Parent involvement in CIS’ primary school is actively encouraged and plays an important role. We provide many opportunities for parents to engage in their child’s education such as helping out with class reading activities, field trips and volunteering 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 helps students develop the best 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.

Our primary school co-curricular activities (CCA) programme is designed to provide opportunities that extend and enhance our 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).

Our student council provides further opportunities for our senior primary school students to 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.

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Coffee mornings, parent seminars and hands-on workshops are hosted regularly, while parent-teacher conferences are held three times a year to discuss each child’s progress. Detailed and descriptive reports are issued twice a year.

Our teachers use regular assessments throughout 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.

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 maths and literacy are also used to identify trend patterns and overall cohort progress year on year.

Stories
Read more Celebrating Day of the Dead at CIS By Maria Isabel Lluen, primary Spanish subject lead (Lakeside) If you were at Lakeside on 1 November, you might have run into some teachers and students wearing “Calaveras” - one of many hauntingly beautiful ways to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Maria Isabel Lluen, primary Spanish subject lead, tells us all about the celebrations that took place that day. Read more Lakeside connects through book week By Elaine Fong, Primary Teacher Librarian, Lakeside Lakeside celebrated CIS’s love of literacy with the ever-popular Book Week from 30 September to 4 October. This year’s theme was “Stories Connect” so there were plenty of exciting library activities, author visits and a book fair - all to give the CIS community an opportunity to “connect through stories”. Elaine Fong, Lakeside librarian-teacher, tells us more. Read more The library comes alive at TK By Stojana Popovska, TK teacher librarian This September TK library brought books and reading “alive” for all of our primary students. Reading and stories were celebrated with many fun activities related to book characters, different genres and authors. Read more Own the future with multilingualism By CIS Communications It has become more important than ever to prepare our children for the future with a multilingual education, just like this CIS family whose three daughters were enrolled in CIS's English-Chinese bilingual programme. Join us as we chat with them to find out how the programme benefitted them and why it's important to start learning languages from young.
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