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In Shanghai Singapore International School’s (SSIS) exceptional primary division, students are provided with the unique opportunity to experience the much sought-after and rigorous Singaporean-based curriculum along with a wide array of co-curricular and after school program offerings. This unique blend truly makes a student’s life at SSIS one of holistic and engaging learning. No other school in Shanghai provides a similar educational and social experience to that at SSIS. It is this belief in a rigorous and holistic environment that has allowed the SSIS family to successfully guided and supported students’ growth for twenty years.

During a typical day in the life in primary school, students will study the exceptional STELLAR English programme, world-leading Singaporean-based math and science, multi-leveled Chinese language curriculum, and social study classes. Students interact with peers from over thirty-five (35) countries. This allows a student at SSIS to experience many different cultures and viewpoints from an early age, thereby preparing them for global experiences when they graduate from our senior school.

In addition to regular classes, students are supported with the Optimal Learning Programme (OLP) to give them extra support or extension activities, an Intensive Support Programme (ISP) that builds English language ability to a fluent level that allows students to receive classroom instruction in English, and counseling to support the needs of students transitioning into the school and during their daily school life.

SSIS is a pioneer in physical education in Shanghai, as no other school in the city offers a golf curriculum. Besides being a member of local sporting organizations CISSA, SISAC, SSIS is one of only seventy-two school in China to be a member of ACAMIS – the premier international sporting organization within Asia. This is a reflection the school’s commitment to developing students’ athletic interests.

Farm to School

The Farm to School project is unique to SSIS. It was created to allow students to experience a hands-on approach to learn about sustainability and environmental awareness.  The project also aims to support the holistic learning environment through the integration of academic and non-academic areas such as character building and physical well being of pupils.

Pupils learn how to take ownership of the garden; they tend to the garden, harvest seasonal produce, and enrich the garden plots by using the earthworm compost system.  To add a bit of fun, pupils are always very excited about the Farm to School Awards that recognize classes that tend to the garden regularly and with the best yields.  The types of vegetables and crops grown include spinach, rosa red lettuce, carrots, Italian lettuce, potatoes, cherry radish, lavender, sunflowers, pumpkins, and strawberries.


Students in Grade 1-3 should generally spend no more than 45 minutes per night on homework.
Students in Grade 4-6 should generally spend no more than 60 minutes per night on homework.

Holistic Assessments

Assessment is an important aspect of teaching and learning. Holistic assessment at SSIS moves beyond just examinations to provide useful information that supports the child’s learning and holistic development. A child’s learning and development is tracked using a variety of assessments such as skills-based tests, subject-based tasks, examinations, project work, self-assessments, development portfolios etc. Parents will receive richer and more regular feedback to highlight the child’s strengths and areas of improvement.


Students will receive three (3) Student Progress Reports and these will be distributed at the completion of each term. There will be one (1) parent/teacher conference (PTC) scheduled during the year as well as one (1) student-led conference (SLC). However, parents and teachers are encouraged to communicate often to ensure a child’s needs are being met. Parents are invited to arrange meetings with a teacher to discuss student development at a mutually convenient time.

We strongly believe in working with parents as partners. It is important to keep parents informed of what is happening in the classrooms and in the school community. As a result, form teachers upload a weekly newsletter for parents to access as well as sending home weekly emails.


STrategies for English Language Learning And Reading (STELLAR)

The objective of STELLAR is to support both language and reading skills as well as promote a positive approach towards reading in the foundational years through the use of well-established, learner-centered and developmentally appropriate pedagogical approaches using authentic children’s literature. The aim is to move learners towards independence using quality children’s books and activities that motivate and engage young learners.

The STELLAR curriculum is very comprehensive, as it integrates all language skills. The basic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are enhanced through daily practice. Learning English is achieved by using speaking and listening activities as teachers carry out discussions in class using rich and interesting books. Focus is placed on students’ interaction in a vocabulary-rich environment as well as through the expression of thoughts in oral and written forms and through discussions with other children.

After completing the primary programme at SSIS, students will be able to communicate effectively in English and interact confidently with people from different countries and cultures.

Singaporean-based Math Curriculum

SSIS uses a Singapore-based mathematics curriculum. The central goal of the mathematics curriculum is to ensure that all students achieve a level of mastery of mathematics that will serve them well in life and prepare them for the rigors of senior school. The aim of the mathematics curriculum is to enable students to acquire and apply mathematical concepts and skills and develop cognitive and metacognitive skills through a mathematical approach to problem solving. Students develop numeracy, reasoning, thinking skills and problem solving skills though the learning and application of mathematics.

The mathematics curriculum comprises a set of syllabuses from grade 1 to grade 6. Each syllabus has its own specific set of objectives. Students have opportunities to discover, reason, and communicate using mathematics while also engaging in stimulating discussions and activities where they can explore possibilities and make connections.

Intensive Support Program (English as an Additional Language)

Shanghai Singapore International School (SSIS) provides a highly supportive environment for students learning English as an additional language. The Intensive Support Program (ISP) is designed to help each child reach their full potential both academically and socially within the international school setting.

Science Programme

Students at SSIS not only read and hear about science, they also do science. Science is best experienced through open-ended, hands-on inquiry that results in students thinking and acting like scientists.

Instructions incorporate inquiry-based learning in which students are engaged to explore, explain, and extend their knowledge and understanding.  The science programme encourages students to explore the world in which they live and make sense of the natural phenomena around them.  Students learn about life and physical processes, living things, and non-living things, such as materials and their properties.

The science curriculum at SSIS is based on the Singapore science curriculum, which combines inquiry-based instructions with science process skills the encourage students to learn fundamental science concepts, principles, theories and attitudes that are essential for scientific inquiry.



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