Elementary School Curriculum

The Primary Years Programme - PYP

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Kindergarten

Language Aims & Content 

Aims

Competence in language will enable students to:

  • learn about the role language plays in our own lives

  • communicate thoughts, feelings and information

  • participate effectively in society

  • make informed decisions about personal and social issues

  • analyse information and formulate viewpoints

  • develop confidence and enjoy using language freely

Content

Oral Communication

  • listening to gain information and respond appropriately

  • speaking to communicate effectively; expressing feelings and stating opinions

  • Written Communication

  • reading learning about the structure of print and the meaning it conveys

  • writing expressing oneself meaningfully and creatively using rules and conventions of English

Visual Communication

  • learning to use, understand and construct different forms of visual images

  • experimenting with visual media and its influence on thinking and behaviour

Learning Outcomes

By the end of Kindergarten students are expected to:

Oral Communication: Speaking and Listening

  • speak clearly

  • follow and give directions

  • listen attentively

  • participate in discussions and conversations

  • formulate questions

  • retell, relate and sequence events and stories with increasing competency

Written Communication: Reading and Writing

  • enjoy reading and looking at books for a variety of purposes

  • use a variety of strategies (picture clues, predicting, phonics) to make meaning of text

  • recognize some sight vocabulary 

  • write left to right, top to bottom, front to back

  • recognize and use conventions of writing: capital letter and full stop

  • use simple literary forms and structures: journals, cards, lists, directions

  • use sound-symbol relations to attempt new words

  • correctly form letters

Visual Communication: Viewing and Presenting

  • understand that communication involves visual as well as verbal features

  • recognize that signs and symbols carry meaning

  • use a range of communications media to locate, present and record information

  • use technology such as a computer, printer and CD-ROM

Kindergarten Mathematics

Teachers use a variety of resources and mathematics schemes in their planning and teaching. The emphasis is on learning mathematics through practical activities, discussion and application. 

The aim of the programme is to help students to develop:

  • an understanding of the nature and the purpose of mathematics
  • skills in mathematical thinking with a supporting network of concepts, facts and techniques
  • confidence in using and applying mathematics
  • an appreciation for its challenges and satisfaction from solving mathematical problems
  • an awareness of the place of mathematics in solving the problems of everyday life

Content

The Mathematics curriculum is divided into five strands: Shape and Space, Data Handling, Measurement, Pattern and Function, Number.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of Kindergarten students are expected to:

The Mathematics Objectives are currently under the Curriculum Review Cycle. It is expected that the revised list will be posted by the end of the first trimester.