Royal British International School Primary Years Subject Guide
Primary Years – Language Art
The Cambridge Primary Language Program at Royal British International School develops communication skills in written and spoken English with both fluency and understanding using relevant and authentic context based on a student’s prior experience and current understanding in the subject. The program follows three developments:
- Oral Communication (speaking and listening)
- Written Communication (reading and writing)
- Visual Communication (viewing and presenting)
Primary Years – Mathematics
Mathematics in Royal British International School is not just a set of facts to be memorized, but is a way of describing and analyzing the world around us. It is a problem-solving tool, which gives students the opportunity to see themselves as ‘mathematicians’. Its global language helps make sense of the world and can be used as a way of thinking with many different strategies for problem-solving. Wherever possible,
Mathematics is taught through relevant and realistic contexts. Because mathematics in Royal British International School, learning is a developmental process whereby phases not always linear nor age related, the curriculum is presented in developmental continuums for each of the five strands of Mathematics data handling, measurement, shape and space, pattern and function, and number.
Primary Years – Science and Technology
Through the exploration of science and technology at Royal British International School, students build their understanding about aspects of the natural world whilst developing an appreciation and awareness of the world from a scientific perspective. Reflection within the scientific context allows students to develop a sense of responsibility about their actions on themselves, others and their world.
Throughout the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum at Royal British International School, students will:
- Study and communicate important scientific ideas, processes, skills and methodology relating to everyday experiences
- Plan, design, construct and carry out simple experiments
- Observe physical evidence and appreciate subtle differences
- Observe communicate and explore ideas and record their observations and hypotheses
- Gain positive values and attitudes towards science and technology
These understandings and skills are developed in the context of four main strands: living things, earth and space, materials and matter and forces and energy.
Primary Years – Social Studies
Social studies at Royal British International School guides students towards a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and of their place in an increasingly global society. It provides opportunities for students to look at and think about human behavior and activity realistically, objectively, and with sensitivity. It is essentially about people: how they think, feel and act; how they interact with others; their beliefs, aspirations and pleasures; the problems they have to face; how and where they live (or lived); how they interact with their environment; the work they do; and how they organize themselves.
The study follows five main strands:
- Human systems and economic activities
- Social organization and culture
- Continuity and change through time
- Human and natural environments
Resources and the environment
These strands are similar to the traditional subjects of History, Geography and Society, but provide more scope for students to develop a broader range of research skills and conceptual understandings including an awareness of humankind’s role in, and dependence on, the natural and constructed world, and how to apply this knowledge in responsible ways.
Primary Years – Mother Tongue (Myanmar) and Mandarin
The Mother Tongue Program helps students maintain and develop their home language literacy and culture. This is a unique feature of Royal British International School and we take pride in being a leading school in implementing a range of Mother Tongue languages. Current mother tongue languages include: Mandarin and Myanmar Studies, although other languages may be added or dropped depending on need. Mother Tongue languages are usually taught in two groups – Lower Primary (Grades 1 & 2), Middle Primary (Grades 3 & 4) and Upper Primary (Grades 5 through 6) with each group receiving four lessons per week.
Primary Years – The Arts
The creative process is a driving force in inquiry-based learning. In the Primary Arts Program, the creative disciplines of Visual Arts, Music and Drama are closely connected with each other and linked to another curriculum area based on the International Primary Curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to draw on a wide range of stimuli, the creative works of professional artists, contemporary and historical literature, music, artwork, dance and stories.
Through Visual Art, students communicate beyond spoken language and begin to construct an understanding of their community, their environment, their own feelings and emotions, and to develop their cultural awareness. The expectations of the Visual Arts Program are arranged into four strands: creative processes, elements of art and design, reflection and appreciation and visual arts in society.
In addition to music classes, students may participate in singing or string groups, music workshops and master classes and may take private instrumental lessons including drums, flute, guitar, piano and keyboard. Cello, voice classes and other instruments are available according to demand. All students have the opportunity to perform during the music recital evening, assemblies and other occasions.
Primary Years – Physical Education
Students at Royal British International School develop skills that they may apply in a variety of contexts within and beyond the school setting. These skills include the use of proper safety precautions when engaging in physical activities, recognition of the importance of fair play, use of cooperative behavior and the ability to function as part of a group or team. Students will be introduced to a healthy and active lifestyle and the ways exercise affects their bodies and overall fitness or well-being. The PE program focuses on: body control and spatial awareness, adventure challenge, athletics, movement to music, games, gymnastics, health-related activities, swimming and PE traditions and cultures.