The beginning of lifelong learning

Elementary school at SAS is a place where the foundation of learning takes hold, and where we have the rewarding job of fostering and challenging students to maintain their curiosity and creativity while extending their self-con dence and self-advocacy.

A daily schedule of core subjects in reading language arts, mathematics, world languages, science, and social studies is punctuated by specialist classes in art, music, physical education, swimming, and technology and library use. Experiential learning outside the classroom through eld trips and community service inspires students and enriches the curriculum.

From the earliest grades, SAS students are active learners; students learn to analyze and question across subject areas, and learn to express themselves in writing, presentations, and discussions. They understand where they are in their learning journey, what their learning targets are, and what it will take for them to reach the next steps. Our students take risks and learn from failure in a community of acceptance, preparing them to meet and surmount high academic standards.

We recognize the importance of friendships and working cooperatively, and foster the development of skills that contribute to students’ personal and academic success. Social-emotional programs are integrated into the culture and program of each grade level and SAS counselors are matched with students for three-year cycles to provide personal support and facilitate building emotional competencies.




Learning in the Elementary School: Subjects and Curriculum

Our academic program supports the individual needs of our students and includes studies in the core curricular areas of reading, writing, math, science, and social science, as well as specialist areas of art, music, physical education (PE), world language, and technology. In addition to these academic classes, students have access to support services through Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), enrichment, academic support, English Language Learners (ELL), and counseling

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Subjects and Curriculum

Subject

Curriculum overview

Reading and Language Arts

We Are Readers, emergent story books and shared texts, Readers Use Super Powers, Reading Teachers, Learning About Ourselves and Our World, Characters, Launching the Writing Workshop, Writing For Readers, How To, Informational Books, and persuasive writing.

Mathematics

One to five, comparing and ordering zero to ten, six to ten, numbers to 100, understanding addition, understanding subtraction, composing and decomposing numbers to ten, composing numbers eleven to 19, measurement, sorting, classifying, counting, and categorizing data, identifying and describing shapes, position and location of shapes, analyzing, comparing, and composing shapes.

Science

Light and sound, wood and paper, worms, goldfish and guppies, and snails.

Social Studies

My Family and Me, Holidays and Celebrations.

World Language

Spanish
Level 1: Todo Sobre Mi, Mi Familia, Mi Casa Y Mi Comunidad, Mi Escuela Y Mis Amigos, Mis Vacaciones.
Level 2: Picasso, Paella, Viaje a Barcelona, Futbol.

Mandarin
Level 1: All About Me, My Family and Me, What I Do With My Friends, What I Do In School.
Level 2: More About Me, More About Family, Home Sweet Home, How I Get Around.
Level 3: My School, Let's Eat, My Community, Travel.
Level 4: Mooncake, Mulan, Bring Home Happiness, Terracotta Warriors.

Art

Ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles.

Music

Rhythm and beat, melody, style and form, performance practices, and gamelan.

Physical Education

Games, aquatics, kicking skills, striking skills, gymnastics, ball skills, manipulatives, rhythms, dance, and movement, climbing, cooperative games, and integrated health and fitness.

Counseling

Friendship, conflict resolution, feelings, self-control/managing anger, managing anxiety and worries, respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, fairness, cooperation and working with others, tolerance and flexible thinking, self-esteem (identifying strengths and talents, interests and hobbies, dreams and passions, risk-taking and resilience, and personal safety.

Library

Library-specific skills (how to find, use, and share information), digital citizenship, literature appreciation, and support for grade-level curricular areas.

Service Learning

Kindergarten students befriend stroke patients at the Adventist Rehabilitation Centre.

Field Trips

Field trips for kindergarten students are visits to Act 3 International, Chinatown, and the Singapore Zoo.

Perceptual Motor (kindergarten only)

Locomotor skills and non-locomotor skills, spatial awareness, activities with gross motor focus, moving, moving my body, gross motor and locomotor skills, self-management skills, fine motor skills, cooperative play, basic fundamental class organization skills, and manipulative skills.

Curriculum Vision and Standards

Grade 1

Grade One Subjects and Curriculum

Subject

Curriculum overview

Reading and Language Arts

Building Good Habits, Tackling Trouble, characters, Nonfiction Readers Learn About The World, We Can Be Our Own Teachers, Small Moments, Authors As Mentors, Writing Reviews, information books, and poetry.

Mathematics

Understanding addition, understanding subtraction, five and ten relationships, addition and subtraction facts to twelve, addition facts to 20, subtraction facts to 20, counting and number patterns to 120, tens and ones, comparing and ordering numbers to 100, adding with tens and ones, subtracting with tens and ones, length, time, using data to answer questions, geometry, and fractions of shapes.

Science

Solids and liquids, plants and animals, and simple machines.

Social Studies

Our Community, and Our Singapore Community.

World Language

Spanish
Level 1: Todo Sobre Mi, Mi Familia, Mi Casa Y Mi Comunidad, Mi Escuela Y Mis Amigos, y Mis Vacaciones.
Level 2: Picasso, Paella, Viaje a Barcelona, y Futbol.

Mandarin
Level 1: All About Me, My Family and Me, What I Do With My Friends, and What I Do In School.
Level 2: More About Me, More About Family, Home Sweet Home, and How I Get Around.
Level 3: My School, Let's Eat, My Community, and Travel.
Level 4: Mooncake, Mulan, Bring Home Happiness, and Terracotta Warriors.

Art

Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media collage, and textiles.

Music

Rhythm and beat, melody, style and form, harmony and texture, performance practices, and gamelan.

Physical Education

Games, ball skills, kicking skills, gymnastics, manipulatives, striking skills, aquatics, rhythms, dance, and movement, cooperative games, integrated health and fitness, and climbing.

Counseling

Friendship, conflict resolution, feelings, self-control and managing anger, managing anxiety and worries, respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, fairness, cooperation, working with others, tolerance, flexible thinking, self-esteem, identifying strengths, talents, interests, hobbies, dreams, passions, risk-taking, resilience, and personal safety.

Library

Library-specific skills (how to find, use, and share information), digital citizenship, literature appreciation, and support for grade-level curricular areas.

Service Learning

First-grade students interact with their Singaporean buddies from Seng Kang Primary School by building relationships, celebrating festivals, and playing ethnic games.

Field Trips

Field trips for grade one students are to Little India, Bollywood Veggies farm, and Pulau Ubin.


Curriculum Vision and Standards

Grade 2

Grade Two Subjects and Curriculum

Subject

Curriculum overview

Reading and Language Arts

Taking Charge of Reading, Characters Face Bigger Challenges, reading nonfiction, Reading the World, series reading clubs, nonfiction reading clubs, reading and role playing, reading for pleasure, authors as mentors, writing and revising realistic fiction, informational writing, persuasive writing, poetry, fairy tales, and folk tales, and writing to meet student needs.

Mathematics

Understanding addition and subtraction, addition strategies, subtraction strategies, working with equal groups, place value to 100, mental addition, mental subtraction, adding two-digit numbers, subtracting two-digit numbers, place value to 1,000, three-digit addition and subtraction, geometry, counting money, money, measuring length, time, graphs, and data.

Science

Pebbles, sand, and silt, building bridges, and balance and motion.

Social Studies

Exploring our Asian community.

World Language

Spanish
Level 1: Todo Sobre Mi, Mi Familia, Mi Casa Y Mi Comunidad, Mi Escuela Y Mis Amigos, y Mis Vacaciones.
Level 2: Picasso, Paella, Viaje a Barcelona, y Futbol.

Mandarin
Level 1: All About Me, My Family and Me, What I Do With My Friends, and What I Do In School.
Level 2: More About Me, More About Family, Home Sweet Home, How I Get Around.
Level 3: My School, Let's Eat, My Community, and Travel.
Level 4: Mooncake, Mulan, Bring Home Happiness, and Terracotta Warriors.

Art

Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and textiles.

Music

Rhythm and beat, melody, style and form, harmony and texture, performance practices, and gamelan.

Physical Education

Games, ball skills, kicking skills, gymnastics, aquatics, manipulatives, striking skills, rhythms, dance, movement, cooperative games, integrated health and fitness, and climbing.

Counseling

Friendship, conflict resolution, feelings, self-control, managing anger, managing anxiety and worries, respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, fairness, cooperation, working with others, tolerance, flexible thinking, self-esteem, identifying strengths, talents, interests, hobbies, dreams, passions, risk-taking, resilience, and personal safety.

Library

Library-specific skills (how to find, use, and share information), digital citizenship, literature appreciation, and support for grade-level curricular areas.

Service Learning

Second grade students feed 315 people each month through Food From the Heart, organize a Toys for Treats drive, and send dental hygiene kits to Cambodia.

Field Trips

Field trips for grade two students are a visit to NTUC Fairprice at Woodgrove or Sheng Siong Supermarket at Marsiling, a musical at Ulu Pandan Community Club, Chinatown, and the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Curriculum Vision and Standards

Grade 3

Grade Three Subjects and Curriculum

Subject

Curriculum overview

Reading and Language Arts

Building a reading life, crafting true stories, reading nonfiction expository, paragraph structure and the art of information writing, information writing (expository), following characters in series book clubs, fiction writing - emphasis on characters, changing the world - persuasive writing, mystery book clubs, poetry writing, the genre of test reading, independent writing project, social issues book clubs, series book clubs.

Mathematics

Numeration, number sense: addition and subtraction, using place value to add and subtract, meanings of multiplication, multiplication facts: use patterns, multiplication facts: use known facts, meanings of division, division facts, understanding fractions, fraction comparison and equivalence, two-dimensional shapes and their attributes, time, perimeter, area, liquid volume and mass, data.

Science

Matter and energy, solid earth, structures of life.

Social Studies

A village called Earth, test of time.

World Language

Spanish
Level 1: Todo Sobre Mi, Mi Familia, Mi Casa Y Mi Comunidad, Mi Escuela Y Mis Amigos, Mis Vacaciones.
Level 2: Picasso, Paella, Viaje a Barcelona, Futbol.

Mandarin
Level 1: All about me, my family and me, what I do with my friends, what I do In school.
Level 2: More about me, more about family, home sweet home, how I get around.
Level 3: My school, let's eat, my community, travel.
Level 4: Mooncake, Mulan, bring home happiness, terracotta warriors.

Art

Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, textiles.

Music

Rhythm and beat, melody, style and form, harmony and texture, performance practices, gamelan.

Physical Education

Basketball, soccer, gymnastics, aquatics, fitness, floor hockey, rhythms, dance, movement, climbing, net skills, cooperative games.

Counseling

Anxiety and stress, managing anger, conflict resolution, bullying, digital citizenship: the power of words, rational vs. irrational thinking, self-esteem, problem solving, critical thinking, friendship, rejection, global citizenship.

Library

Library-specific skills (how to find, use, and share information), digital citizenship, literature appreciation, and support for grade-level curricular areas.

Service Learning

Third-grade students serve as mentors to students from Innova Primary School through the Kids READ service program, and conduct Read to Feed fundraising and leprosy home visits.

Field Trips

Field trips for grade three students are visits to Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms, watching a play at Ulu Pandan Community Club, watching a play at DBS Arts Centre, and the Jurong Bird Park.


Curriculum Vision and Standards

grade 4

Grade Four Subjects and Curriculum

Subject

Curriculum overview

Reading and Language Arts

Building a good reading life, launching writing workshop personal narratives, launching writing workshop with realistic fiction, Reading: Following Characters Into Meaning, opinion writing: personal essay, navigating nonfiction with critical literacy, nonfiction text structures, informational writing, Reading To Grow Big Ideas book clubs, writing: poetry, nonfiction research projects: reading and writing, the genre of test reading, and reading: social issues book clubs.

Mathematics

Multiplication and division: meanings and facts, generate and analyze patterns, place value, addition and subtraction of whole numbers, number sense: multiplying by one-digit numbers, number sense: multiplying by two-digit numbers, developing fluency: multiplying by two-digit numbers, number sense: dividing by one-digit divisors, developing fluency: dividing by one-digit divisors, fraction equivalence and ordering, adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators, extending fraction concepts, measurement units and conversions, solving measurement problems, lines, angles, and shapes.

Science

Magnetism and electricity, environments, and the water planet.

Social Studies

Endangered environments, and environmental action.

World Language

Spanish
Level 1: Todo Sobre Mi, Mi Familia, Mi Casa Y Mi Comunidad, Mi Escuela Y Mis Amigos, y Mis Vacaciones.
Level 2: Picasso, Paella, Viaje a Barcelona, y Futbol.

Mandarin
Level 1: All About Me, My Family and Me, What I Do With My Friends, and What I Do In School.
Level 2: More About Me, More About Family, Home Sweet Home, and How I Get Around.
Level 3: My School, Let's Eat, My Community, and Travel.
Level 4: Mooncake, Mulan, Bring Home Happiness, and Terracotta Warriors.

Art

Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and textiles.

Music

Rhythm and beat, melody, style and form, harmony and texture, performance practices, and gamelan.

Physical Education

Individual and team activities, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, aquatics, fitness, floor hockey, rhythms, dance, movement, climbing, cooperative games, and net skills.

Counseling

Anxiety and stress, managing anger, conflict resolution, bullying, digital citizenship, cyber bullying, rational versus irrational thinking, self-esteem, problem solving, critical thinking, friendship, rejection, and global citizenship.

Library

Library-specific skills (how to find, use, and share information), digital citizenship, literature appreciation, and support for grade-level curricular areas.

Service Learning

Fourth-grade students engage in innovative projects for experiential learning, and integrating the Reading and Language Arts, science, and social studies curricular units with a sequence of outdoor experiences.

Field Trips

Field trips for grade four students are the S.E.A. Aquarium, Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve, MacRitchie Reservoir, Upper Seletar Reservoir, Raffles Marina, and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

Curriculum Vision and Standards

grade 5

Grade Five Subjects and Curriculum

Subject

Curriculum overview

Reading and Language Arts

Raising the level of narrative writing, launching fifth grade readers: digital and print readers, building agency (independence to follow characters, personal and persuasive essay writing), nonfiction reading (text structures, informational writing, fantasy writing, fantasy reading, the genre of test reading, research-based argument essay, historical fiction reading), informational writing research, and nonfiction research (reading and an independent writing project).

Mathematics

Place values, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying whole numbers, dividing by one-digit divisors, dividing by two-digit divisors, multiplying decimals, dividing decimals, mumerical expressions, patterns, and relationships, adding and subtracting fractions, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers, volume of solids, units of measure, data, classifying plane figures, and coordinate geometry.

Science

Landforms, mixtures and solutions, and living systems.

Social Studies

Formation of a nation, multiple perspectives, immigration push and pull factors, war and conflict, and significant person investigation.

World Language

Spanish
Level 1: Todo Sobre Mi, Mi Familia, Mi Casa Y Mi Comunidad, Mi Escuela Y Mis Amigos, y Mis Vacaciones.
Level 2: Picasso, Paella, Viaje a Barcelona, y Futbol.

Mandarin
Level 1: All About Me, My Family and Me, What I do with My Friends, and What I Do In School.
Level 2: More About Me, More About Family, Home Sweet Home, and How I Get Around.
Level 3: My School, Let's Eat, My Community, and Travel.
Level 4: Mooncake, Mulan, Bring Home Happiness, and Terracotta Warriors.

Art

Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and textiles.

Music

Rhythm and beat, melody, style and form, harmony and texture, performance practices, and gamelan.

Physical Education

Individual, team activities, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, aquatics, fitness, floor hockey, rhythms, dance, movement, climbing, cooperative games, and net skills.

Counseling

Anxiety and stress, managing anger, conflict resolution, bullying, digital citizenship: E-volve & Twalkers, rational vs. irrational thinking, self-esteem, problem solving and critical thinking, friendship and rejection, and global citizenship.

Library

Library-specific skills (how to find, use, and share information), digital citizenship, literature appreciation, and support for grade-level curricular areas.

Service Learning

Fifth-grade students are involved in elder care, teaching arts and crafts to the elderly at Christalite Methodist Home.

Field Trips

Field trips for grade five students are visits to the Singapore Science Centre, the National Museum of Singapore, Jurong East Swimming Complex, and Images of Singapore LIVE- Sentosa.

Curriculum Vision and Standards

A Culture of Excellence - A Culture of Extraordinary Care - A Culture of Possibilities
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