Lower Primary (RC-Y2)
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.
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.
Definition of play in IS Primary Early Years: A big part of our IEYC curriculum is play lead learning. Our reception teachers at TKO and JL work together to continually develop the IEYC. They have devised a definition of play for IS Primary: Play is a universal language that underpins the holistic development of every child. It is innate, enjoyable and unique, with endless possibilities. At FIS IS Primary every child has the right to explore, express and learn through play.
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.
The IS Primary is an accredited IPC school. The accreditation report states:
The Accreditation team during observations noted that the learners were given choice in every lesson that they visited, which links to the school mission of developing confident, independent learners and this can be seen as a strength of the school.
Classes & Subjects
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 new immersive programme is currently implemented in RC to Year 3 at TKO, and in RC/Y1 at JL. In this programme, all classes benefit from the immersive pedagogy, offering co-teaching in IEYC and shared projects with the French stream classes.
All the children in Lower Primary benefit from 4 lessons of French a week, in small groups, adapted to the IEYC/ IPC curriculum.