Primary School K-6

Language

Oral Language-Listening and Speaking

Listening and speaking are natural, developmental processes that infants and young children are immersed in from their earliest experiences. Almost all children arrive at school with an impressive command of their mother-tongue language. However, the expectations and approach to language development in school is often very different from the successful learning environment the child has previously experienced. In the transition from home to school, or from one school to another, it is important to acknowledge the language profile of the individual and build on previous learning in ways that are positive and productive.

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Mathematics

Students acquire mathematical understanding by developing their own conceptual understanding through high level thinking skills. Since mathematics is to be used in real-life situations, mathematics needs to be taught in authentic contexts, instead of by directly teaching knowledge to students. Students investigate the following 5 strands to develop their conceptual and practical understanding:

  • Number
  • Shape and space
  • Pattern and function
  • multilingual communicators
  • Measurement
  • Data handling
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Social Studies

In the PYP, social studies is considered as the study of people in relation to their past, present and future; their environment and society. It triggers curiosity and develops an understanding of a rapidly changing world. Students develop their individual and socio-cultural identities through social studies, as well as the skills and knowledge required to participate actively in their classroom, JIES community and the world. Our purpose is to provide students with authentic learning tasks to understand of the world around them, historical and geographical influences and the changing role of individuals in different contexts.

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Science

Students develop approaches to learning in all subjects in PYP. Science also provides opportunities for students to develop their scientific skills and processes listed below.

  • Observe carefully to gather data.
  • Use a variety of instruments and tools to measure data accurately.
  • Use scientific vocabulary to explain their observations and experiences.
  • Identify or generate a question to identify problem to be explored.
  • Plan and carry out systematic investigations, manipulate variables as necessary.
  • Make and test predictions.
  • Interpret and evaluate data collected in order to draw conclusions.
  • Consider scientific models and applications of these models(including their limitation.
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Arts

In the PYP, arts encompass dance, drama, music and visual arts. Students are encouraged to consider the arts as a means of communication and as an expressive language.

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Personal, Social and Physical Education

PSPE in the PYP is concerned with the individual’s well-being through development of concepts, knowledge, attitudes and skills. Well-being is related to all aspects of a student’s experience at school and beyond. It involves physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social health and development, and contributes to an understanding of self, to developing and carrying out relationships with others, and to participation in an active, healthy lifestyle.

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