The Primary curriculum has been designed to provide outstanding educational opportunities that will help every student reach their potential. We recognise that the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills are fundamental to the development of life-long learners. These foundations are developed in an environment that provides for flexibility in grouping, integrated subject areas and ‘hands on’ learning experiences.
From Reception to Year 6, there is continuity and progression of skills and concepts with clear lines of development, but the overriding emphasis is on making learning enjoyable so that we engender in all of our students, enthusiasm for learning and a pursuit of personal best.
Our strong academic curriculum is based on the Australian National Curriculum and has been adapted to suit our international setting. It is Inquiry based and provides learning in the areas of:
Science and Technology
Human Society and Its Environment
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Specialist teachers take classes for Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Library and Chinese. The School also has an established program of support for children who have been identified as having extra needs.
The Early Childhood years (Reception to Year 2)
Welcoming, inviting and stimulating, the Early Childhood classrooms at AISHK provide an environment specifically designed to engage the curious young minds of children from Reception to Year 2.
This innovative and collaborative area of the school draws upon the best of theory and practice from a variety of philosophies and international approaches. We know that young children learn best by interacting with their environment. We provide experiences such as informal imaginative play where children are encouraged to create meaning, practise social skills, solve problems, gain confidence and develop positive attitudes to school and learning.
The educational program is based upon the premise that young children learn best when provided with many opportunities to construct, discover, experiment, hypothesise, manipulate and share a variety of materials, resources and learning experiences.
AISHK places great value on the importance of literacy and numeracy in the early years. This is where the foundations are firmly laid for the years of learning ahead. Parents play an integral part in the learning process and we believe a collaborative relationship between parents and educators is enriching for each child.
Our broad based curriculum promotes the child's intellectual, aesthetic, moral, social, emotional and physical development and as children develop at different rates a variety of teaching approaches are used to suit both the needs and the levels of the children.
Middle and Upper Primary Years (3-6)
During the Primary Years of 3 to 6, we continue to encourage the skills of communication, critical thinking and risk taking fostered in Early Childhood, but with an emphasis on the student becoming a more independent learner. There is a greater emphasis on goal setting and the student taking more control of their learning.
Teachers adopt a variety of approaches and strategies, depending on the subject area, task or activity as no single approach suits all situations. Teachers also take into account an individual student’s learning style and differentiate both by task and outcome.
As children progress through the upper primary years, the work they are involved in becomes more demanding and challenging, and a greater emphasis is placed on student self-discipline and organisation. Students are given ample opportunities to organise and represent their work in a variety of ways and to display higher levels of understanding. There are also opportunities for leadership skill development. At all stages, inquiry, critical thinking and independent learning are nurtured within a safe and structured, yet flexible, environment.