lower school (grade 1 – 5)

Primary Years Programme

At SCIS, Lower School students learn all the basics – reading and writing, math and science, social studies and spelling, but it is the spirit of the schools that make it such a special places.  The intangibles are what set our program apart and inspire our students, parents, and faculty.  The spirit resides in the special relationships students form with their teachers, in the unique approach our educators take to basic materials and bring to each classroom, and in the special programs that involve families and the community.

From the art room to the theater where creativity can be limitless, to hands-on science experiments that have students clamoring to be novice scientists, we offer an educational environment that stimulates each student’s creative and academic interests, encouraging an early love of learning.  Based on the best standards and practices used around the world, our curriculum meets the wide range of learning needs and backgrounds of international students.  The balance in our curriculum between academics and the arts, technological and experiential, fun and challenging, exposes each curious child to the endless possibilities for lifelong learning.

In the Lower School, most subjects are taught by the homeroom teacher, except those mark (*) which are taught by specialists:

English (Language Arts)
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Mandarin Language and Culture*

Physical Education*
Integrate Computer Education*
Music*
Visual Arts*
Rhythm and movement*

At SCIS, Lower School students learn all the basics – reading and writing, math and science, social studies and spelling, but it is the spirit of the schools that make it such a special places.  The intangibles are what set our program apart and inspire our students, parents, and faculty.  The spirit resides in the special relationships students form with their teachers, in the unique approach our educators take to basic materials and bring to each classroom, and in the special programs that involve families and the community.

From the art room to the theater where creativity can be limitless, to hands-on science experiments that have students clamoring to be novice scientists, we offer an educational environment that stimulates each student’s creative and academic interests, encouraging an early love of learning.  Based on the best standards and practices used around the world, our curriculum meets the wide range of learning needs and backgrounds of international students.  The balance in our curriculum between academics and the arts, technological and experiential, fun and challenging, exposes each curious child to the endless possibilities for lifelong learning.

In the Lower School, most subjects are taught by the homeroom teacher, except those mark (*) which are taught by specialists:

English (Language Arts)
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Mandarin Language and Culture*
Physical Education*
Integrate Computer Education*
Music*
Visual Arts*
Rhythm and movement*

What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)
Primary Years Programme (PYP)?

The PYP is designed for students aged 2 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects areas, as well as transdisplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.

The PYP programme, as with all IB programmes, is centered on students developing the attributes of the IB learner profile. The Learner Profile is a set of values, which collectively describe the qualities of internationally minded people.

These values form the culture and ethos of our school and apply not only to our students, but to our whole school community. The learner profile attributes are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

PYP is guided by six transdisciplinary themes that are explored using the knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisplinary skills. The program culminates with students undertaking a collaborative inquiry project that involves them identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.

• Who we are
• Where we are in place and time
• How we express ourselves
• How the world works
• How we organize ourselves
• Sharing the planet

SCIS Standards are chosen from a number of national systems, including the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics (USA); the AERO Project for Social Studies (U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools); and Ontario Ministry of Education’s Science and Health/P.E. standards (Canada). Our standards were selected for their academic rigor, conceptual foundations, and overall compatibility to the PYP. They are delivered within the inquiry-based framework of the PYP.

Recognizing that knowledge is not static, the PYP seeks to uncover enduring understandings through a concept driven, inquiry-based curriculum framework. Important features of this framework are the explicit teaching of skills, the development of personal attitudes and student engagement in self-initiated, responsible action.

Distinctive Features of the PYP

  • PYP is supported and maintained by an international organization of the highest repute, creating a stable, secure and well-resourced foundation for the programme. As of 2016, 1,266 schools are offering the PYP in 106 different countries worldwide.
  • The IB education is well known to universities throughout the world. Part of its reliability emerges from the rigorous processes of accreditation and authorization that schools must undertake before they are able to offer the programme. It provides quality control and gives parents the stability and certainty their children need in an education system.
  • The Internatinal Schools’ Assessment (ISA) assesses math literacy, reading, and narrative and expository writing among international school students and the study demonstrated that “IB students tended to outperform their non-IB peers across all domains in a majority of grade levels.”
  • PYP Inquiry-based learning prepares students for the future, creating flexible, ethically aware thinkers. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take lifelong responsibility for their learning.
  • Particularly for globally mobile families, is that the PYP is also transferable. Children will have a vital continuity of learning, providing reassurance, certainty and stability when changing countries.

10 Reasons why the IB PYP is ideal for students to become active, lifelong learners

Schedule Samples

These sample schedules are meant to reflect the campuses in general.  Individual campus schedules might be slightly different.

Highlights of Lower School

Grade 5 PYP Exhibition

The Grade 5 PYP Exhibition is the concluding project of the PYP before students begin Grade 6 and the MYP. The project represents a culmination of the IB learner profile and the units of inquiry students delved into throughout the school year. The students worked in groups to thoroughly study a social issue such as poverty, human rights, racism, sexism, war, and animal welfare. In addition to understanding the issue, students were tasked with coming up with possible solutions to the problem. It was evident how much every Grade 5 student learned during this project and throughout the school year as students engaged in lively discussions with their fellow classmates, teachers, and parents.

Grade 3 The Human Migration Living Museum

Students get to be a figure in a living museum! Our special SCIS living museum is about the people who migrated to a new and different land for some reason. Students will be a character from a different time period. Our goal is to teach our audience what it was like to migrate to a new land. Students will be a frozen character until a person activates them by pushing their button on the floor. Once activated, they will come to life and talk about their life experience.

UN Day

The United Nations is an organization that recognizes and appreciates cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  It promotes positive coloration of all nations and peoples of the world to work constantly towards world peace.  Here we have the wonderful diversity of over 60 nationalities represented.  This is an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful diversity at our schools.  The festival begins with a Flag Parade, with students walking under their nationalities flag while wearing their country’s traditional clothes.  Speeches, cultural performances, and quick presentations mark the occasion.

Chinese New Year Celebration

What better way to celebrate our host culture than through a huge Chinese New Year assembly?  Students participate through traditional customs and dress and also get the chance to watch professional troupes perform shows.

Field Day

Twice a year, the whole school comes together for a fun Field Day.  Important life lessons like teamwork, cooperation, and leadership are learned as students participate in a variety of age appropriate challenges and games.

Grade 4 Market Day

This is an inquiry unit for Grade 4 student, Marketplace. Students have to involved in business plan writing, preparing sales pitch and advertisement, working out the costs and profit for expenses chart. At the end of the event, students would donate their profits to the charity of their choice.

Hongqiao ECE Campus

2212 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200336
Tel: 86-21-6295-1222
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Hongqiao Campus

1161 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200051
Tel: 86-21-6261-4338
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Pudong Campus

198 Hengqiao Road, Zhoupu,
Pudong, Shanghai, China 201315
Tel: 86-21-5812-9888
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Hongqiao ECE Campus

2212 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200336
Tel: 86-21-6295-1222
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Hongqiao Campus

1161 Hongqiao Road, Changning,
Shanghai, China 200051
Tel: 86-21-6261-4338
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639

Pudong Campus

198 Hengqiao Road, Zhoupu,
Pudong, Shanghai, China 201315
Tel: 86-21-5812-9888
Fax: 86-21-6261-4639