Lower primary Grades 1-3
At TIS, our lower primary curriculum framework is designed to support the development and growth of our students emotionally, physically, socially, and intellectually. We encourage and motivate our students to view learning as a lifelong and exciting process, strive to develop a high level of academic skills, positive social and cultural values that will equip them to succeed in the twenty first century.
A range of levels in development and learning styles are recognized and used to plan their experiences of learning. Students engage in a multilevel balanced literacy program that incorporates authentic reading and writing experiences in our child-centered classrooms. The balanced literacy framework is designed to help all students learn to read and write effectively through shared and independent activities. Through the guided inquiry process they learn skills and knowledge and are able to apply them in authentic setting to help them develop a clear understanding of what they are learning and why.
We deliver our program through carefully planned and intensively discussed Units of Inquiry. These are based on the school-wide identified standards and indicators patterned after the United States Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. We also focus on local (China) relevant resources, the world around them, and significant issues in their community. Along with these core subject areas, students receive lessons in Physical Education and Health, Art, Music, Mandarin, and make use of Information Technology throughout all their learning experiences.