Our Primary School at KIS International School Reignwood Park is dedicated to fostering excellence in academics, nurturing a strong sense of responsibility, and instilling the values of good citizenship within a supportive and inclusive learning community. Primary children from Grade 1 to 5 study through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, before they move seamlessly into the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in our Secondary School.
In order to comprehensively inquire about the world around them, our learners need to have strong literacy and numeracy skills. In our Primary School a key focus is explicitly teaching these core skills. We use researched based practice to inform our systematic approach to tailored learning to ensure our students are strong speakers, listeners, readers and writers. In Mathematics, we explicitly teach problem solving strategies and review and consolidate Mathematical skills each year to ensure that children build their ‘toolkit’ so they can be independent problem solvers who can express their understanding to others with skill, creativity and confidence.
Dedicated Primary School Facilities
Our dedicated Primary School building within our larger 60-acre school campus offers extensive purpose-built facilities to engage our children in powerful learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Our spacious classrooms are complemented by discovery labs, art ateliers, world language suites, a cooking studio and Primary Café for lunchtimes, all within our primary building. Our expansive Primary Learning Library provides our students and teachers with resources and collaborative spaces to foster critical thinking, curiosity, and support and challenge learning.
Learning spaces continue outside the classroom with extensive primary adventure playgrounds for stimulating playtimes, a grass sports field and covered sports pitch for Physical Education and our Kitchen Learning Garden, an edible garden, educating and engaging our children in the process of growing and harvesting food.
"We believe that laying a strong academic foundation early in life is crucial for a child's future success. Our inquiry focused curriculum and world class facilities inspire and empower our students to learn the skills and knowledge they need in order to ensure they have the best opportunities for higher level education and success in life beyond school. ”
Anita McCallum, Primary Principal
Developing Active Learners
The IB Primary Years Programme is an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary program with a strong emphasis on developing students as active learners who are curious, ask questions and think critically. They learn to be strong communicators who can express themselves with skill and confidence in writing, oral presentations, discussions and debates, as well as listen to seek understanding about themselves and the world around them. Children are supported to be risk takers and try new things and encouraged to try to do their best in all that they do. Responsible for their learning and their actions, students set goals with planned actions to improve themselves and the world around them.
Learning is not isolated in subject areas, we connect and link subject areas together providing students with a chance to ‘dive deep’ with knowledge and skills and make personal connections to local and global issues. We use an inquiry process to scaffold learning, providing students with repeated opportunities to think, reflect and extend their ideas and knowledge as they learn. Alongside learning on campus we take field trips regularly to making meaningful connections in the wider community and equally take action through community service nurturing the value of helping others, empathy and global citizenship.
Building Collaborative Relationships
Collaboration is fostered among children themselves and between students and teachers as an integral aspect of the learning journey. Teachers utilize assessment tools to gain insights into each child's current abilities, identify their next steps in growth, and tailor their educational experiences accordingly. By placing students at the forefront of the learning process, we cultivate heightened engagement, a pivotal element in their overall well-being. Through a collective effort involving students, teachers, and families, we endeavor to build a compassionate, empathetic, and inclusive community.
A Broad Curriculum With Specialist Teaching
Our core timetable in Primary School at KIS Reignwood Park is led by our experienced international Primary teachers who guide daily Language Arts (English), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The core curriculum is complemented with specialist teaching including daily exposure to World Languages (Thai or Mandarin) and weekly specialist lessons in Art, Music, Physical Education and Swimming.