Lower School

The Lower School comprises all students from Pre Reception to Grade 6 and represents 60 per cent of the student body of CDNIS.

Our Pre Reception and Reception half-day programmes are designed to provide our youngest students with an introduction to school life. The programme offers a varied and "hands on" approach to all the basics, providing a strong foundation in the early years. Students participate in activities and experiences, which promote steady growth in their social, behavioural, physical and cognitive development. Included in the regular curriculum are Mandarin, Music, PE and Library, which are taught by specialists. There are up to 20 students in both the morning and afternoon Pre Reception classes, with a full-time teacher and two full-time classroom assistants. The Reception AM and PM classes have 18 students, with a full-time teacher and a full-time classroom assistant.

The full-day Preparatory programme is a child-centred, activity-based programme. The children enjoy a warm and caring environment where they interact with their peers and nurturing adults in a variety of activities. The activities and experiences provided for the students are designed to capture their interest in learning, encouraging them to be creative and at the same time to satisfy their desire to explore and discover. There are five classes at the Preparatory level with approximately 20 students per class, each with a full-time teacher and a full-time classroom assistant. Included in the regular curriculum the students receive lessons in Mandarin, Music, PE and Library, which are taught by specialists.

From Pre Reception to Grade 6, children are taught following the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP). This course of study concentrates on an inquiry-based approach to learning and encourages students to adopt the attributes of the “Learner Profile”. Classes encompass the basics of Language Arts, Mathematics, Mandarin, Social Sciences, Science, Computer Literacy, Art, Music and Physical Education.

The primary goal of the Lower School is to have each child become an independent learner. We want students to excel both academically and personally and to show concern and respect for the school community and the community in which they live.

Evaluation and progressive testing is an ongoing process that takes place throughout the year with daily quizzes, participation, projects and home learning.

Please take the time to browse the Lower School website to learn more.