In Lower School our goal is to build on our students’ natural curiosity and eagerness to acquire and master new information by developing a solid foundation of cognitive skills and learning habits through our inquiry-based approach to learning.
Learning in Grades 1-5 incorporates a range of subject areas including Art, Language, Mathematics, Music, Personal, Social and Physical Education, Social Studies and Science.
By the end of 5th grade, our Lower School students advance to Upper School with not only a high level of academic and social skills, but also a sincere appreciation and understanding of what it means to be global citizens and culturally competent.
HIS is an IB Continuum School and uses the IB Learner Profile as a guide for developing student attributes so that we may nurture the ability of students to use a variety of necessary soft skills including communication, thinking, self-management, research, and social skills. Furthermore, we encourage mindful approaches to resilience, perseverance, inquiry, and being a principled and balanced individual.
The Lower School (Early Years – Grade 5) at HIS is currently following the principles and practices of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). The curriculum is transdisciplinary in nature, which incorporates subject learning of Math, Literacy, Social Studies, Science, the Arts, and Design/Computer Technology within thematic units of inquiry. In addition to these thematic units, lower school learning is supplemented with the Singapore Math, First Steps Literacy, Jolly Phonics and Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management and Character Building programs. Lower School instruction is also supported by specialists in the areas of physical education, arts, Mandarin and ESOL, learning support, design and library.
For further information on Lower School curriculum and programs, please click on the links below:
Note: We implement a transdisciplinary approach to learning. Meaning, although subjects appear to be separate, each teacher addresses the same theme and central idea of each six-week unit. Teachers plan together, and work from the same Unit Planner (to be published to parents soon). Homeroom subjects are very fluid and often are intermixed. For example, Language Skills and Math are integrated daily into transdisciplinary learning. Language Skills units are coupled with Inquiry Unit themes. Language Skills blocks include both reading and writing.
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organize ourselves
- Sharing the planet
Teachers design units which explore a Central Idea, and focus on up to three concepts. Our students are encouraged to ask questions and to pursue explorations into their own areas of interest. Learning experiences are designed to inspire children’s curiosity and creativity and to develop their ability to be well-rounded citizens of the world.
To read more about the IB Primary Years Programme, click here.