Lower Primary

Our aim is to ensure that students are provided with the highest quality, rewarding and enjoyable learning experiences created to foster students’ intellectual independence and develop them to be life-long learners.

During these early years, FIS offers a holistic education based on the English National Curriculum and adapted for our international setting; our students learn about the world around them and acquire an understanding of their role as members of a global community who will lead happy, healthy and rewarding lives.

Take a look at our 2018-2019 Parent Handbooks in Related Resources at the bottom of the page to find out more. 

Ross Armitage
Head of Primary, International Stream

Message from the Head of Primary

Welcome to the International Stream – Primary School.

It is a privilege and pleasure to work with the whole school community. Our long-term aim is to provide our students with a happy, healthy and rewarding tomorrow.

As we prepare our students for our rapidly changing world, we need to provide activities that will develop in them the capabilities and adaptability that they will need to thrive in an unknown variety of circumstances; meeting each new challenge with enthusiasm and confidence. 

Through an active learning approach, FIS students develop empathy and resilience alongside the skills of teamwork, leadership and communication. These fundamental skills and attributes will not only equip them for the demands of secondary education but also for life itself.

At FIS, students, parents and staff work together to ensure that we all belong to a vibrant, caring community endeavouring to bring out the best in our students – look at our News to see our school in action!

 

Learning is fun!

As students gain their first exposure to more structured learning, our teachers work to provide a nurturing environment for the development of confident, enquiring young minds. Stimulating play-based activities encourage students to ask questions and develop a curiosity about the wider world. Students learn to be independent, creative and collaborative with opportunities to work alone and in groups.

Students follow Programmes for Learning from IEYC and IPC which establish the foundations of the essential skills, knowledge and understanding they will require as they progress through school. Each IEYP and IPC unit begin with an exciting Entry Point and end with an Exit Point where parents are invited to interact in the learning journey. In addition to numeracy and literacy, FIS students question the world around them and are exposed to a wide range of sports and arts. Instruction is provided in English.

 

What do our students learn?

Our curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum, which provides structure and continuity through the I PROMISE Personal Profile and a benchmark for our high expectations. In addition children write their own IPC PERSONAL LEARNING GOAL each term. Our curriculum is organised into a variety of IEYC and IPC themes, all of which interconnect, as our student’s progress through the years. This is mapped carefully against the UK National Curriculum.  To ensure International Mindedness we focus of different cultures within the school and a degree of focus on the host country – Hong Kong.  

   

Classes & Subjects

  • General
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • IEYC
Learning to socialise with others and develop the key skills of listening, communicating, observing and reasoning. Students enjoy specialist teaching in French, Music, Mandarin and PE.

Our students are growing up in an increasingly international world, and communication lies at the heart of every successful community. It is our aim that students develop these skills so that they can communicate effectively and creatively through the spoken word and written language. Students are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Students gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Students follow a structured, balanced curriculum with the emphasis on independent writing increasing as they progress through the primary years in preparation for the next phase in their education.
At FIS we follow the English national curriculum and we use Abacus maths to support teaching and learning. Our principal aim is to nurture in our students a love of Mathematics. It is a subject that is vital for everyday life, and we want our students to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that will help them to appreciate how Mathematics fits into our world. We ensure that our students will develop a fascination for, and a real sense of enjoyment in, the subject by learning through structured play, investigations and discussions.
As students move through the primary years they will be able to confidently solve problems, reason mathematically and successfully perform investigations by drawing upon the mathematical experiences and knowledge gained through a rich, broad and exciting Mathematics curriculum. Mathematical learning at FIS allows students to deepen their understanding and master key concepts in preparation for their future.
Our school is a proud International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) member. The IEYC is a research-based curriculum recognising global best practice in early childhood education and the developmental needs of 2-5 year olds. At FIS we provide IEYC in our Reception classes for children age 4 – 5.

Activities and Trips

FIS encourages students to challenge themselves, work together and shine in a wide variety of non-classroom settings. In lower primary, students enjoy outside visits and excursions to concerts, linked to IEYC and IPC for example. There are also school wide art, music and sports projects for them to join as well as various extra-curricular activities.