MIS Primary School Curriculum
Lower Primary (ages 3 - 5):
The set up in the primary school begins in early years foundation from Nursery (ages 3-4) to Kindergarten (ages 4-5).
The learning is based on:
- Personal, social and emotional development Communication, language and literacy
- Knowledge and understanding the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
An emphasis will be placed on learning phonetics as a lead up to reading. Young children will learn through play, music and arts in the rich and stimulating MIS environment.
Upper Primary (ages 5 - 11)
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 consists of Year 1 (ages 5-6) and Year 2 (ages 7-8).
The foundational objectives are:
- Socio-economic growth
- Physical growth
- Intellectual growth
The program will be more academic but still provide the children a chance for a very pleasurable learning experience so they may grow holistically. The emphasis will be on all phases of Language Arts. There will be numerous cross curriculum themes including History and Geography, Science tied in with Language Arts, basic Math skills, and other interests.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 is from Year 3 to Year 6. The learning is based on the core subjects of English (Language Arts), Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. Special classes include Art, Music, PE, and ICT.
The English programme includes reading, spelling, grammar, writing, speaking and listening. Accompanying activities to the readers include work on categorization, vocabulary, and comprehension. Spelling and grammar activities exend beyond the readers to the other texts and resources, in order to do more in depth work in these areas. Writing activities emphasize visualization, handwriting, word and sentence structure and basic punctuation.
Students learn to speak clearly, adapting language for different contexts. Students learn to evaluate their own speech and assume different roles in-group discussions and listen carefully to others.
Math is concentrated on numeracy, the mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; money; time; solid and plane shapes; the concept of fractions; measurement of lengths and weights. They know and use common measuring units to determine length and area and know and use formulas to determine the volume of simple geometric figures.
Aside from learning how to do number math, students learn math as a practical subject. Thus they are encouraged to apply their knowledge of number math to real life situations, such as buying and selling, and estimating, and figuring out the mathematical operations necessary to solve math practical problems.
Students are encouraged as much as possible to think of math as a life skill: for example, using manipulatives for the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; role-play for buying and selling. They are encouraged to discuss with their peers possible solutions to problems, when appropriate.
Science chooses topics within four areas of science: Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and the Human Body. The "hands on" experience approach is used as much as possible. Students learn from observation, and from their reasoning about these observations. They communicate their learning through drawing diagrams, pictorial drawings, recording or describing in writing, and class discussion, using the vocabulary of science.
This program will use the disciplines of history, geography, economics and the arts to give an encompassing understanding of the world, past and present. An integral part of the program will be student participation. Students will be strongly encouraged to express their views; they will also be expected to listen to, and try to understand, the views of others.
Students study the geography of a place including Myanmar, its location, topography, natural resources, waterways, vegetation and climate and their relationships. They will learn to understand the characteristics and uses of maps, globes, and other geographic tools and technologies.
Another very important part of a child’s development is the physical aspect. The development of the whole child must be addressed to ensure a child is a well-rounded healthy individual. To develop the child’s physical skills, they will play games and participate in many movement activities.
Students will enjoy their learning, be enriched by different kinds of music lessons. They will regularly sing many different songs and rhymes. They will start learning to read musical notes and play different musical instruments.
Students learn their lessons in hands on activities to improve their motor skills. They will do free painting, drawing and coloring, cutting and pasting and molding clay.
The students will get to explore the very basics of computer knowledge and skills. This course will advance their learning ability and will arouse their learning interest greatly.
Myanmar Language and Culture is introduced to students from Year 1 to get to know the host country. Students will learn the basic Myanmar language skills language through writing, reading, speaking and listening. They will also learn the rich history, tradition and culture of Myanmar.
ESL (English as Second Language) support is given to students who need to develop their English language skills and prepare them to mainstream classes.
The After-School Program is designed and offered to students as extracurricular activities. Students may sign up for different activities of their choice ranging from sports, arts, music, ICT club, and other local traditional games.