Upper Primary

We are committed to providing an environment full of exciting and stimulating experiences encouraging our students to develop their personal strengths and interests while exploring new ideas.

Each IPC theme has a Knowledge Harvest where students explore what they already know and what they want to find out in each IPC theme. 

FIS provides opportunities for students to meet challenges, make decisions, evaluate and improve their own performance, work in co-operation with others and know their efforts are valued. 

Enjoyment and Excellence

Our aim is for all students to enjoy learning and acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to take them confidently to the next stage of their education as positive individuals and competent learners.

Teachers work very closely together across the year groups to ensure that every class has similar learning experiences. A lot of work is done orally concentrating on higher order thinking skills. A mixture of teaching approaches are used - whole class groups and individual, depending on the particular need. A cross curricular approach is adopted between subject areas through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Building on the foundations laid in Reception to Year 6, FIS continues to instill in students a love of learning while guiding students through the more challenging topics and concepts covered in the Programmes for Learning. Learning is the core of all our work. Our definition of learning is Learning is the lifelong process of acquiring knowledge, developing skills and making connections in order to understand the world and our place within it. 

The positive support of our parents is very important and we maintain an open and welcoming environment where we can work in partnership for the benefit of our students. Our curriculum in partnership with parents and the local community promotes global citizenship and international mindedness. Working together students, parents and staff wrote our definition of international mindedness.  Our definition of international mindedness is : At FIS, International Mindedness is being inclusive, respectful accepting and open-minded about each other differences and cultures.

What do our students learn?

Instruction is provided in English.

Our curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum, which provides structure and continuity for the FIS learning objectives and a benchmark for our high expectations. Other than English and Maths other subjects are delivered through exciting IPC themes. We take advantage of local resources, expertise, history and geography. Our IPC curriculum interconnects to ensure our students progress through the years. IPC is a thematic curriculum  which links learning through independent yet interdependent subjects within a theme subjects such as PE, Music, IT, History, Geography, Science, Art, Design, International and Society. 

 

Classes & Subjects

  • IPC
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Music
  • PE
  • IT
International Primary Curriculum
IPC provides opportunities for our students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live through experimentation, discovery, practical experience and the study and discussion of sources of information.
Each unit beginnings with an Entry Point followed by a Knowledge Harvest where students and teachers personalise the learning in each theme.
The Big Picture allows the students to make connections between subject goals, personal goals and international goals.

Students undertake Research and recording activities before sharing their learning with peers, other children, parents and French Stream students during Exit Points.
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.
The overarching aim is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping our students with a strong command of the spoken and written language and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Our curriculum is based on the latest English curriculum. Units are carefully planned in each year group to develop the students’ knowledge, skills and understanding. Units are based on key texts to deepen the student's love of language. We use Bug club, Bug club phonics and Wordsmith English via the Active Learn platform to enhance the students learning experience.

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.
Our programme fosters our students’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of their peers. Our teaching enables them to express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond to French speakers, both in speech and in writing. Through our immersive bilingual approach students benefit with weekly shared projects with students in the French stream. They experience co-teaching in lessons with both their class teacher and French language teacher. In year four and year six students have the opportunity to undertake their DELF assessment. DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) is the only French as a foreign language diploma issued by the French Ministry of Education. They are valid for life and are recognized worldwide.
The Mandarin programme provides opportunities for students to learn basic and intermediate phrases that can be applied to their daily language. It aims to help students develop communicatively competent oral language and gain a greater appreciation of the Chinese language and culture.
Pupils from Reception through to Year 6 receive classroom music lessons from a specialist teacher. The curriculum is tailored to enable pupils to develop a range of skills in performing, composing and appraising on a variety of instruments, including un-tuned and tuned percussion, recorders, ukuleles and keyboards. Lessons focus upon a wide range of topics including music theory, history of music, world music, ensemble and choral performances, as well as links to topics within the IPC.
We want our students to be happy and healthy. The PE programme is delivered by a specialist teacher and specialist swimming teachers. PE is matched where possible to IEYC/IPC. Students are enabled and encouraged to take part in a range of inter-house and interschool sports competitions and sports days. The school also offers a developing range of sports Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs). Each Primary campus is equipped with a swimming pool and gym. We also use sporting facilities around Hong Kong throughout the year.
Our IT curriculum is designed to prepare the students for the 21st Century. We have class sets of ipads in Reception & Yr 1 and class sets of google chrome books in Yr 2 – Yr 6. Students use IT as a learning tool throughout the curriculum. Our IT specialist teaches IT skills related to IEYC/IPC where possible. The students will experience units in coding, programming and E-Safety in a carefully planned whole school curriculum plan. The students also have access to Active Learn an online learning platform from RC to Yr 6.

Activities and Field Trips

A broad range of complementary educational activities enrich the learning of students who have many opportunities to broaden their horizons outside the classroom. Visits and camps are an important part of the learning process and all students from year 3 to year 6 enjoy a school camp experience. Our year 6 students visit China where they work on service projects, helping prepare them for CAS in secondary.

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