International Primary School
Overview: International Primary School
Years 1 to 6 (6 to 11 years old)
Primary School at Chatsworth caters to students in Singapore from Year 1 through Year 6 (Grade 5), ages 6 to 11 years old. The international curriculum offered at Chatsworth is delivered within the IB Primary Years Programme. It is an international ‘best practice’ educational framework that is differentiated to meet the individual needs of each of our students. The curriculum encourages them to question, collaborate, problem solve and lead investigations to develop essential learning and personal development skills, whilst at the same time fostering intercultural understanding and respect from the age of elementary school.
The skills and attributes developed in the Kindergarten years are immediately put to use, with students taking ownership of their learning, creating rich inquiries and achieving personal and academic goals at the primary level. As students progress through the year levels, they mature as leaders, taking responsibility for school projects, action groups and community events.
The final year of primary school culminates in a PYP Exhibition, a powerful celebration and showcase of student learning and development. Students inquire and apply essential elements of PYP transdisciplinary skills into their culminating project, demonstrating and celebrating the results and action of their learning throughout the primary years.
Subject Information (The Curriculum)
Chatsworth's primary education offers the internationally recognised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). The programme balances the acquisition of significant and relevant knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understandings, the formation of personal, positive attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer both in the classroom and in the world outside.
By ensuring that learning is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant, we set out to meet the diverse needs of the students through the PYP, informed by the values in the IB learner profile. Being able to apply knowledge in real world contexts creates powerful and memorable learning experiences for our students.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Mandarin (K1 and K2)
Arts (Drama, Music and Visual Art)
Personal, Social and Physical Education
Library (Literacy and Research Skills)
Digital Citizenship/ Keeping Safe Curriculum
Communication and Assessment
Building a meaningful school-home connection is very important to us. Our primary teachers communicate with parents weekly via email and the school shares important information relating to school and programmes through electronic letters and newsletters.
Assessment is important in our programme where we understand the prior knowledge and experience students already have, assess their progress throughout the units of inquiry and assess their final understanding. Teachers formally feedback to parents regarding the progress of our learners in a report at the end of each school semester. Parent-teacher-student conferences are held twice a year. Each student’s digital portfolio is updated regularly by homeroom and single subject teachers.
Parents are encouraged to attend their child’s learning exhibitions, student-led conferences and performances throughout the year and meet with teachers on a needs basis as concerns or issues arise. In addition to planned parent participatory sessions throughout the year, we encourage parents to get involved in their child’s education at school by visiting the classroom to assist with activities or lessons, watching performances or helping with field trips. Our open-door policy provides parents the opportunity to meet with teachers at mutually convenient times to discuss their child's progress.
IBPYP and Other Curricula
How is the IB PYP Different from Other Primary or Elementary Level Curricula?
(Please note that the table below highlights the key features of the PYP relative to other curricula. It is not a detailed breakdown of other curricula)
|IB PYP||Other Curriculum Models|
Promoting integrated transdisciplinary subjects and curriculum
Teaching subjects as isolated strands
Development of the whole child
Development of purely academic knowledge
Inquiry-based curriculum focusing on student and teacher questions
Content-based curriculum based on predetermined knowledge
PYP teachers who teach specialised subjects
Single Subject teachers solely teach subject knowledge
Real-world learning in context
Drills and workbooks to learn
Making mistakes as being necessary for learning
Focus on encouraging students not to make mistakes
Reading for comprehension, meaning and interest
Reading to merely decode as quickly as possible
Culturally diverse resources
Resources only from home country
Encouraging cooperative discussions facilitated by the students
Enforcing silent and individual work facilitated by the teacher
Teacher as facilitator of learning
Learning to create a product
Reliance on self and peers for some learning
Sole reliance on the teacher for learning
Using a range of multimedia resources in the classroom
Providing print only texts for reading and research
Finding many correct answers
Finding one correct answer
Students appreciating a range of valid perspectives and ideas
Rote learning, memorisation and repetition
Knowledge is one of five essential curriculum elements
Knowledge is the only essential curriculum element
Skills for life are embedded into the curriculum
Skills not seen as necessary for immediate learning
Attitudes towards learning are developed and assessed
Limited range of student behaviors are encouraged
Many forms of assessment including portfolios, rubrics and checklists
Assessment feedback provides merely letters or percentage grades
Learning as a process
Teacher as knowledge expert
One national or local perspective
Features of Chatsworth's IB Primary Years Programme
- Focus on the development of the whole child
- A personalised approach made possible by our small class sizes
- Inculcate an inquiry mindset and skills where students are involved in and take ownership of their learning
- Provide diverse experiential learning opportunities for students to apply knowledge in real world contexts
- Develop intercultural understanding and awareness, empathy and global mindedness through service learning and a variety of programmes
- Celebrate the results and action of learning throughout primary years with a culminating PYP exhibition