Primary Programme

CIS takes pride in its innovative approach to the teaching of the Primary curriculum in English and Chinese (Mandarin). This approach involves a variety of collaborative teacher partnerships, which ensure that students receive close teacher attention while also experiencing the two languages in a balanced and integrated way.

Every homeroom is headed by a pair of teachers with native-language abilities in English and Chinese (Mandarin), and at every year level teachers of the two languages collaborate to plan and teach outcomes from the school's enquiry-based and integrated programme.

In Primary, traditional full-form characters are used for Chinese.

Primary Learning Goals

At present, there are four learning goals that provide the framework for learning in Primary:

  • A Culture of Thinking
  • Balanced Literacy
  • Mathematical Fluency
  • and Well-Being

These learning goals are informed by our extensive teacher participation in Harvard "Project Zero", Columbia Teachers College's "Reading & Writing Project, and our own Positive Education and Visible Wellbeing work with Professor Lea Waters.

We seek to create a rich and balanced environment of intellectual stimulation where students are aware of their thinking processes and individual capabilities, feel at home with words, language, numbers and calculation, have a positive view of themselves as learners, and are inspired to express their ideas and ready to tackle complex tasks and problem-solving.

Curriculum Areas

  1. Chinese Language Arts
  2. English Language Arts
  3. Mathematics
  4. Integrated Studies (Science and Social Studies)
  5. Art
  6. Music
  7. Physical Education

The values of 仁 (Empathy, Kindness), 義 (Fairness, Justice), 禮 (Propriety, Good Manners), 智 (Wisdom, Right Judgement), 信 (Integrity, Honesty) are woven into all learning.