Our Upper Elementary Curriculum is a continuation of the work and studies from the Lower Elementary. Students are guided as they move from concrete towards abstraction and logical reasoning. While the subject areas are similar to the Lower Elementary curriculum , concepts are taught in depth. Key information is given on the different subject areas. This inspires the students to become independent thinkers enabling them to explore varied facets of the subject areas. Students are exposed to research methods and experimentation.
Students are given individualized work plans weekly or bi-monthly covering all curricular areas. They accomplish their work plans either individually or together with their classmates. To measure learning outcomes, varied types of assessment methods are used which include portfolios, journals, research reports, oral presentation, exams, etc.
In Language Arts, lessons are aimed at developing skills in speaking and listening, research, writing, spelling, grammar and syntax, and reading. Students are also exposed to word study and literature.
In Math, students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. They are introduced to place value in the decimal system, operations with whole numbers, rounding and estimation, properties of numbers, fractions, decimals, calculating percent and proportions, powers of numbers, measurement , money conversion, algebraic equations, squaring and cubing of numbers and other challenging topics.
In Geometry, students learn basic shapes and solids, types of lines and angles, triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, polygons, similar, congruent and equivalent figures, calculating volumes, areas of polygons and circles. Students are also introduced to Pythagorean theorem.
Botany is designed to make the students interested in the study of plants and to appreciate the role of plants in sustaining human lives and the environment where people and animals live. Students learn the structure and functions of plant parts as well as the basic needs of plants. The students are also introduced to the concepts of ecosystem and biodiversity.
In Geography, students study the earth's physical environment and its formation, the different continents, specific places and people and their needs with emphasis on Asia and how humans interact with their environment . They are also exposed to reading maps, examining atlas, finding longitude and lattitude, and using compass.
In World History, students learn ancient civilizations and the history of modern countries with emphasis on Asian countries.