Grades 1-5

The Primary School curriculum at SIFC is structured around a holistic, inquiry-based approach to learning. Guided by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), students study English, Chinese, Mathematics, Science, ICT & Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education and the Arts.

They also have time dedicated to exploring concepts through transdisciplinary units set out by the IPC.

Our Primary School Programme is delivered by the Classroom Teacher supported by a Teacher Assistant. In addition, specialist teachers deliver a range of specialist classes. We combine the best of traditional and innovative practices to achieve high quality teaching and high quality learning. In all areas of the curriculum, students are provided with a range of stimulating, challenging experiences and activities.

The Programme at SIFC

Develops students natural curiosity
Uses an integrated approach to learning
Encourages an international perspective
Extends learning beyond the classroom
Uses information technology and library resources to support learning
Recognizes parents as partners in each child's learning process
Develops students awareness of the importance of service to others

Learning goals are the foundation on which the International Primary Curriculum is built. The IPC provides children with subject goals, personal learning goals, and uniquely, international learning goals, and these are defined for each of the following age appropriate phases.

- Milepost 1 (ages 5 - 7 years)
- Milepost 2 (ages 7 - 9 years)
- Milepost 3 (ages 9 - 12 years)

The IPC Learning Goals define what children are expected to know, what they should be able to do, and the understandings they will develop in their academic, personal and international learning. The IPC Learning Goals are used by Teachers to guide learning and teaching and help to focus assessment.

Subject Learning Goals
Subject learning goals cover the knowledge, skills and understanding of children relating to English, Mathematics, Science, ICT & Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.
These subjects are built into the different thematic units of work, where they work independently yet interdependently with each other so that children can learn through multiple perspectives.

Personal Learning Goals
The personal learning goals refer to those individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. There are eight IPC personal goals: enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, co-operation, respect and adaptability. Opportunities to experience and practice these very specific dispositions are built into the learning tasks within each unit.

International Learning Goals
The international learning goals help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international, global and intercultural perspective.
Each IPC unit includes an international aspect and learning-focused activities that help children develop ‘international mindedness’ and gain an increasing sense of themselves, their community and the world around them, whilst developing the capacity to take action and make a difference.


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