Primary School Curriculum


The Academy believes that learning is the active construction of knowledge, best experienced through meaningful activities. Learning is evident when students enthusiastically discuss and debate issues, express themselves freely and demonstrate intellectual curiosity. Therefore learning is best done in groups through collaboration with other individuals.

To generate this kind of learning, teaching methods need to cultivate the joy of learning and develop within the student the social, creative, communication and critical thinking skills necessary to achieve success in an ever-competitive and changing world. This means asking questions, taking risks, and not being afraid of making mistakes. Our students learn to learn.

Bilingual Immersion

The Academy’s bilingual program actively supports bilingualism and biculturalism in its students. Immersion instruction in two languages and the promotion of positive cross-cultural attitudes aim to achieve this, as demonstrated by our high levels of academic achievement.

In the primary grades, a greater percentage of instructional time is spent in Chinese (Putonghua) so that students gain a solid Chinese language foundation. By Grade 3, there is a greater emphasis on English language instruction, which will carry through into the Secondary School.

The proportion of the languages of instruction in the Primary School is as follows:

Chinese English
Foundation Year 70% 30%
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3 60% 40%
Grade 4 50% 50%
Grade 5

Key Learning Areas

The Primary School curriculum for Foundation Year to Grade 5 includes:

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Guided Discovery
  • Information Technology
  • Arts (Visual Arts / Music / Dance / Drama)
  • Wushu and Physical Education
  • Moral Education

Sustainability & Student Engagement

Providing an early foundation for Primary students to explore sustainability and the climate around them is an important goal for the School. Sustainability is explored through various channels in the Primary Curriculum such as Project Day, Guided Discovery and other Co-Curricular Activities. A unique aspect provided to them is the sustainability-related data sets prepared by the Shuyuan Department for which the data is taken from our very own campus. Our data scientists also work with teachers to tailor the data set for their own needs when creating curriculum and assessments.