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Chinese-English bilingual programme

https://www.cis.edu.sg/learning/bilingual-programme

Chinese English Bilingual Programme Equal exposure in both Chinese and English CIS' pioneering bilingual Chinese-English programme is designed to allow students to be fluent communicators in both languages, providing them with an edge in an extremely competitive and ever-changing world. Available to our Lakeside campus students in pre-kindergarten to grade 6 and to our Tanjong Katong campus students in junior kindergarten through to grade 5*. It is fully aligned with the IB PYP and includes two qualified teachers per class: one native English speaker and one native Chinese speaker. *Grade 6 bilingual classes will be offered at Lakeside only in 21/22. Equal exposure in both Chinese and English Our bilingual programme allows students to be fluent communicators in Chinese and English, providing them with an edge in an extremely competitive world. Equal exposure in both Chinese and English Our bilingual programme allows students to be fluent communicators in Chinese and English, providing them with an edge in an extremely competitive world. Equal exposure in both Chinese and English CIS has one of the most comprehensive Chinese reading programme amongst international schools in Singapore. Students learn math concepts using natural numbers. Chinese English Bilingual Kindergarten students Our bilingual programme allows students to be fluent communicators in Chinese and English, providing them with an edge in an extremely competitive world. Chinese English Bilingual Kindergarten students Our bilingual programme allows students to be fluent communicators in Chinese and English, providing them with an edge in an extremely competitive world. CIS’ Chinese-English bilingual programme was one of the first to be offered in Singapore by an international school. Our established track record makes us one of the most experienced and trusted international schools in the region to educate students in becoming fluent communicators in both languages. In our bilingual programme, students attend classes (with the respective teacher) in English one day, and in Chinese the next, ensuring equal exposure to both languages.  Students’ Chinese literacy development is supported by our 36 level guided reading programme, and a well-established system to connect students learning to all other curriculum areas. Additionally, all students have Chinese language acquisition classes five times each week. These classes are taught by separate native speaking teachers, and students are grouped according to their proficiency levels for these classes. In Chinese language classes, teachers follow the highly respected Big Apple Programme, a collection of more than 130 levelled story books written by our Chinese Language and Bilingual School Principal, Huali Xiong.  We currently have 47 bilingual classes and a specific pathway has been designed for students to maintain their Chinese in Secondary School and the Middle Years Programme (MYP). From Senior Kindergarten onwards, students must meet the specific language requirements to enter the programme.  A key feature of our programme is learning about Chinese culture as research shows speaking a language without understanding its culture, has very little real-world value. We also support students in their learning with a wide range of resources including a collection of over 8,000 Chinese fiction books. Over the past three years*, our students have outperformed all other students in Singapore in the Youth Chinese Test (YCT). Our year-on-year outstanding results demonstrate the overall high quality of our programme.  *YCT was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID 19. Stories Loading... read more

sfp-thank-you-chinese

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CIS Foundation programme

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CIS Foundation Programme CIS Foundation programme The CIS Foundation programme is designed for children entering grades 5-8 who are beginners in English. The programme is broken down into a primary foundation programme for students in grades 5-6 and a secondary foundation programme for students in grades 7-8. The aim of the rigorous one-year foundation programme, is to swiftly equip each student with the necessary English skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) so that by the end of the year, they can fully participate in all learning activities with their peers and successfully meet the expectations of CIS's IB curriculum. An established track record CIS has been teaching English as a second language (ESL) to students from around the world for more than 30 years. Our established track record makes us one of the most experienced and trusted international schools in Singapore to offer English Language Learner (ELL) programmes. We welcome students from more than 74 countries and through our experienced certified ELL teachers and comprehensive English curriculum, we are committed to equipping each student with the necessary skills to become effective communicators in English. Curriculum and areas of study In addition to intensive English lessons that incorporate an inquiry-based approach, students take classes in mathematics, science and individual and societies. This approach ensures no student falls behind in these important core subject areas. Classes are aligned to each student’s equivalent grade level, with a significant amount of time spent towards helping them acquire the necessary English competency needed for each subject. Lessons in study skills and exam preparation are also taught on a weekly basis. Class sizes are small and students are grouped according to their English proficiency level. They remain together for all lessons and join their peers in the respective grade / school division for lunch, house leagues and before and after school activities. The number of contact hours in each subject area is outlined below. The weekly primary timetable can be viewed here and secondary timetable here. Assessment and progression to CIS’s IB Programme Summative assessments occur at the start, middle and end of every semester. Those who satisfy the entry requirements are able to exit the programme and enter CIS's English programme in primary / secondary school. View the CIS academic calendar for all key dates. Device requirements Students must have their own IPAD ( grade 5 and 6) or MacBook (grade 7 and 8) with the latest operating system. Software required is programme specific and will either be provided by CIS or sold to students at a later date. Learn more on this page of our website.  Before you apply The admissions section on our website outlines the  entry requirements, application process, and fee schedule. Boarding CIS has an arrangement with ACS Oldham Hall in Singapore, a premium local boarding facility. Visit this page for more information. Success stories About About About read more

Pastoral care

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Pastoral care Pastoral care We believe a good education focuses on the development of the whole child. Our principals, teachers and student support and well-being team work together to foster each childs’ social, emotional and academic well-being. In primary school, homeroom teachers are responsible for ensuring each child has the level of pastoral and emotional support they need, while in secondary school, advisory teachers, who students meet with each morning, are responsible for the delivery of a dedicated pastoral care programme. Advisors also assist students with goal setting, time management, exam practice and study skills.  Student support and well-being  Our dedicated student support and well-being team consists of a school psychologist, counsellors, learning support teachers, university advisors and nurses.  Recognising the need for a holistic approach to student support, the team run programmes across the school year to help students develop the skills and strategies needed to proactively manage their own well-being. These include:  Sunshine visits with a counsellor. Designed for new students, these visits help  students understand who to go to for support, and help our counsellors monitor how students are adapting to their new environment. Primary students meet as a group, so they’re introduced to other new students in their grade.Weekly meetings with teachers and the student well-being committee to monitor students’ individual goals and/or progress.Ongoing education programmes and seminars for both students and parents.  Counselling Our school psychologist and counsellors work closely with teachers to provide students and their families with individual support. Their approach will be developmentally appropriate, and may include any of the following:  confidential individual or group counsellingconflict resolutionfriendship difficultiesindividual student planning and goal-settingCrisis (response) intervention  University guidance Academic and career guidance for students in grades 9-12 is offered by our university advisors. Learn more about the services they offer on our secondary page.  Learning support Our learning support programme is intended for students who need additional help to achieve their academic goals. Our learning support teachers work directly with teachers and students to meet each child’s needs. English language learning  CIS has a comprehensive English Language Learner (ELL) programme for students in grades 1-10 (see this page of our website to understand English language entry requirements). Our ELL programme supports all ranges of language needs and is fully integrated into our academic curriculum. It is designed to support each student’s academic learning needs at their respective phase of English proficiency.   Students in kindergarten do not follow a formal ELL programme, as they’re immersed in an English-speaking environment inside the regular classroom. Homeroom teachers are oriented to the needs of young children who are not speakers of English and can consult with a member of the English Language Learner (ELL) Team on a case-by-case basis for assistance.  Transition and TCKsWe recognise that students who are new to CIS will be in “transition” as they have moved from another country, while many of our students will identify as “third culture kids” (TCKs). Academic staff are trained to be aware of these aspects and the specific issues that can arise. Stories Loading... read more

Service and leadership

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Service and leadership Compelled to act At CIS, we value the connections we have with one another as a school community, as well as those we cultivate locally, regionally and globally. We’re committed to promoting conversations about positive change, but more importantly we believe in taking action. Compelled to act Our students, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, are provided with meaningful opportunities to engage in service and to practise leadership skills, as a preparation for life beyond CIS. Compelled to act Our students, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, are provided with meaningful opportunities to engage in service and to practise leadership skills, as a preparation for life beyond CIS. Compelled to act Our students, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, are provided with meaningful opportunities to engage in service and to practise leadership skills, as a preparation for life beyond CIS. The two arms of service at CIS are: local service, where students connect with members of the Singapore community; and global service, where they work with regional NGOs and partner organisations, actively addressing the issues they care about. Our students, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, are provided with meaningful opportunities to engage in service and to practise leadership skills, as a preparation for life beyond CIS. Through classroom investigations, community partnerships, and other service and leadership opportunities, they actively seek ways to contribute and give back. This approach fosters empathy as students develop an understanding of the challenges the world’s people and environments face. Service activities vary in terms of time commitment. They can be one-time events, year-long or multi-year commitments. Students across the school are often involved in leading activities that focus on improving some aspects of school life, or in raising awareness of issues facing the community. In Secondary School, students must satisfy the IB Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) requirements to complete their courses. Stories Loading... read more

Outdoor learning

https://www.cis.edu.sg/learning/outdoor-learning

Outdoor learning A holistic experience At CIS, we offer a range of experiential learning opportunities where students learn beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. This mode of learning is both memorable and engaging, and encourages students to apply their learning in a hands-on, minds-on manner. Our students develop a sense of independence, collaboration, resilience and responsibility as they engage with the real world and learn about local, regional, global and environmental issues. A holistic experience Students engage in a range of experiential learning opportunities where they learn beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. A holistic experience Students engage in a range of experiential learning opportunities where they learn beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. A holistic experience Students engage in a range of experiential learning opportunities where they learn beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. A holistic experience Students engage in a range of experiential learning opportunities where they learn beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Programmes vary in length and focus, and the level of challenge increases as students progress through the respective grade levels. Outdoor learning programmes include Open Minds in Primary School, field trips, Secondary DP field investigations and Excursion Week. Open Minds sees Primary students (Grades 1 to 6) spend up to a week in a variety of real world settings. Investigation topics are linked to both our curriculum and the units of inquiry found within the Primary Years Programme (PYP). First-hand experience with artifacts, field experts, and opportunities to go behind the scenes create unique moments of extremely powerful hands-on, minds-on learning. Excursion Week* sees students in Grades 4 to 11 travelling to countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Canada with their teachers and peers. Distance travelled is commensurate with age, and Excursion Week provides students with a unique opportunity to develop a sense of independence, as well as an understanding of global issues, and other people and communities. Secondary excursions have a more concentrated focus on community outreach, and students participate in a range of activities including house building in Cambodia, planting friendship groves in Ladakh, and working with NGOs to help those in need. Fieldwork in the Diploma Programme (DP) is part of a student’s coursework and counts towards their internal assessment. Fieldwork serves a distinct purpose: to expand, reinforce and extend concepts and skills that are taught in class. It enriches the study of particular themes within the course, and adds to students’ knowledge, understanding and awareness, helping to make learning engaging and relevant. As they learn through practical work, students collaborate and develop investigative, analytical and organisational skills. *Excursion Week 2020/21 is cancelled due to COVID 19. Stories Loading... read more

Activities

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Activities An integral part of school life Activities are an integral part of school life and student learning at CIS. Opportunities are wide in scope, and allow students to discover and develop individual talents and passions - whether sporting, intellectual, creative or service related. Activities bring our students together, encourage the development of skills that facilitate success in group or team environments, and allow them to be successful outside the classroom. An integral part of school life Activities at CIS are an integral part of school life and student learning. An integral part of school life Activities at CIS are an integral part of school life and student learning. An integral part of school life Activities at CIS are an integral part of school life and student learning. A range of extracurricular activities are offered after school Activities at CIS are an integral part of school life and student learning. A range of extracurricular activities are offered after school Activities at CIS are an integral part of school life and student learning. Activities, which comprise of sports, extra curricular and co-curricular activities and after school languages, are offered across three seasons each school year to students from Grade 1 to 12. Included in our extra curricular offerings are a range of mother tongue and language acquisition classes, which run after school. These classes provide students with an opportunity to support their mother tongue skills, or to learn an additional language that is not included in the regular curriculum. Language classes are a paid service, and are run by independent providers. We also provide our students with a wide range of opportunities for sporting development, both recreationally and competitively, throughout the school year. Each campus has its own representative teams, which compete in the ACSIS (Athletic Conference of Singapore International Schools) league. Through ACSIS sports, students represent CIS, competing against other international schools in age-based teams. Competitive and recreational sports are offered across three seasons, while some community sports, organised by independent providers, run all school year. Swimming (Lakeside only) is year-long competitive activity, with registration and trials conducted twice yearly. With the exception of primary co-curricular activities, students register for most activities via our online system in My.CIS. Registration for competitive sports is an indication of interest, with students proceeding to tryouts in most instances. Parents are able to view their child’s activity timetables in the registration system or My.CIS. Please note that season 1 activities in 20/21 have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.  Stories Loading... read more

Digital Literacy

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Digital Literacy Rich learning experiences At CIS, we integrate technology into classroom activities and the curriculum in order to provide rich and meaningful 21st century learning experiences. As a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School, we have adopted the K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. This comprehensive curriculum is designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Rich learning experiences There is no better way to kick off the school year than with a balanced approach. During the first week back, the secondary students at Lakeside participated in the Digital Wellbeing Week. Read more... Rich learning experiences Learning experiences are made richer by the appropriate use of technology, and skills learnt are directly transferable to the workplace. Rich learning experiences Learning experiences are made richer by the appropriate use of technology, and skills learnt are directly transferable to the workplace. In today’s world, literacy has evolved beyond its basic definition of knowing how to read and write. Everyone is required to know how to process, deliver and receive information in today’s highly digitalised world. It is inevitable that the definition of literacy includes components of digital literacy, which emphasises the ability to use digital technology, communication tools and networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information. Learning experiences are made richer by the appropriate use of technology, and skills learnt are directly transferable to the workplace. Led by our Digital Literacy coaches, our ‘One to World’ programme ensures our students learn how to think critically and ethically as they harness technology in their learning; behave safely and appropriately online; to identify what information is important online, use technology as a tool to showcase their skills and talents. iPads and MacBooks It is compulsory for all students to have the required device from the first day of school. In grades 4 to 6, students must bring their own iPad to school every day. For further details regarding devices, please refer to the One to World iPad programme parent guide. In grades 7 to 12, students must bring their own MacBook to school every day. For further details regarding devices, please refer to the MacBook programme parent guide.  Stories Loading... read more

French-English bilingual programme

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French-English bilingual programme French-English bilingual programme CIS offers a French-English bilingual programme for children in grades 1 to 5 (grades 1 and 2 from 21/22). Available at our Lakeside Campus only, this programme is perfect for families who want their children to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural in both English and French. French-English Bilingual Programme French-English Bilingual Programme French-English Bilingual Programme French-English Bilingual Programme Programme key features Each class has two qualified teachers - one English speaker and one French speaker. Instruction is fully aligned to the international Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme ( IB PYP). Students have equal exposure to both languages with classes in English one day and French the next. Students are taught in both languages. There is no translation or repetition. Entry requirements can be viewed here. CIS has a strong track record in delivering bilingual programmes. The success of our pioneering Chinese-English bilingual programme highlights our reputation as one of the most experienced and trusted international schools in Singapore to offer bilingual programmes. Downloads Primary programme guide (nursery to grade 6) read more