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English Curriculum

The English curriculum at SSIS is designed to help develop the students’ thinking and language together through interactive learning. The English curriculum draws on a variety of text types to build academic vocabulary and strong content knowledge through teaching explicit skills in reading and writing. Additionally, our English curriculum builds on the language, experiences, knowledge, and interests that students bring to the school.


The core of the English curriculum is the Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading (STELLAR) Programme and is comprised of support programmes that enhance the quality of our curriculum, instruction and assessment.


  • Grades 1 and 2 – STELLAR Programme, Get Reading Right Phonics Programme, Handwriting, Differentiated Guided Reading and Home Reading Logs.
  • Grade 3 to 6 – STELLAR Programme, Soundwaves Phonics Programme, Differentiated Guided Reading, Literature Study, and Daily Reading Logs.


The aim of the English curriculum is to develop reading, grammar, writing, listening and speaking skills. Students will be able to communicate effectively in English as a result of their development in the following critical areas:

  • Reading: Text complexity and growth of comprehension
  • Writing: Text types, responding to reading and research skills
  • Speaking and Listening: Flexible communication and collaboration
  • Language/Grammar: Conventions, effective use and vocabulary acquisition



Mathematics Curriculum

Primary School students at SSIS acquire mathematical concepts and skills through the rigorous learning of different activities in the classroom. The students develop thinking, reasoning, communication, application and metacognitive skills through a mathematical approach to problem solving.


The aim of the Mathematics curriculum is to develop the following mathematical processes:

  • Communication and Reasoning. Students are encouraged to use concrete tools or pictorial representations to communicate mathematical ideas and understand abstract mathematical ideas using appropriate notations and symbols. Students are also encouraged to infer based on data presented and facts.
  • Students are encouraged to understand the relationships of concepts within Mathematics and between Mathematics and everyday life.
  • Students are encouraged to apply mathematical concepts and skills to solve problems in a variety of everyday situations.
  • Thinking Skills and Heuristics. Students are encouraged to devise their own ways to solve the problem (Using Polya’s Method of Problem Solving)



Math Model Drawing

The SSIS Mathematics programme promotes the use of model drawing to develop problem-solving skills in Primary School students. This approach helps students create pictorial representations using bar modelling that allows them to visualise key information in order to understand and solve problems. The students also benefit through teacher modeling (applying Polya’s method of problem solving) and guided inquiry to instill confidence and foster interest in Mathematics. Every year, SSIS organises workshops on model drawing strategies so parents can better understand the benefits of model-drawing.


Science Curriculum

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.


Chinese Language Curriculum

At SSIS, we cater to students who have little to no knowledge of Mandarin as well as those with advanced skills in reading and writing Chinese. Our students are streamed into classes according to their abilities and needs.

We offer daily Basic Chinese, Singapore System Based Chinese and Advanced Chinese classes.


Basic Chinese Programme

Our native Chinese speaking teachers have crafted a special oral programme for students who participate in the Basic Chinese programme. This programme aims to build confidence in students to enhance their spoken Chinese abilities as well as their ability to read pin yin.


Singapore Based Chinese Programme

The school adopts the Singapore Advanced Chinese curriculum as part of our Singapore Based Chinese curriculum. This is the intermediate level of Chinese language learning that has a strong emphasis on reading and writing. Students are given themes and scenarios that help engage them in their learning.


Advanced Chinese Programme

We utilise a local Shanghai curriculum for our Advanced Chinese learners. This programme caters to students who have a very competent grasp of the Chinese language. A wide variety of challenging reading, writing and speaking activities assists students in stretching their capacity as advanced Chinese learners.


Chinese Culture

It is also vital that we provide all students with an opportunity to learn about and experience the many wonderful facets of Chinese culture on top of our rigorous Chinese language programme. Weekly Chinese Culture classes are incorporated into our Chinese curriculum. Students are introduced to Chinese customs and traditions such as Tea Ceremonies, Chinese Calligraphy, Ancient Chinese Poetry and ‘The Three Analects” (How to be a good person).


By catering to the different needs of the students, we are adopting the philosophy of “我学习,我快乐” -“Learning Chinese is Fun”.




Shanghai Singapore International School

Shanghai Singapore International School

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