If you are considering an international school for your child, one of the key factors you will need to consider is the curriculum.
How many key stages does a private school in Kuala Lumpur have?
There are three key stages:
- Foundation (ages 7-11),
- Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7) and
- Key Stage 2 (ages 8-11).
Most international schools like GIIS adopt the International Curriculum. This is based on a broad and balanced program of study with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy.
The International Curriculum is designed to provide a clear and consistent approach to teaching. As a result, your child’s learning is well-planned and has a strong structure. This will give you the reassurance that your child’s education is in good hands.
What is covered in the Key Stage 2 curriculum?
The Key Stage 2 curriculum at International Schools, like GIIS, takes a balanced approach to study the subjects. For example:
- English – Writing and Speaking proficiency is acquired. It covers vocabulary, fluency in reading, and the capability to discuss, perform, and debate based on what they have read.
- Mathematics – both mental arithmetic and practical applications (such as calculating the cost of a family holiday). The major topics are number, shape, space, and measures. Your child will also be introduced to algebraic thinking (the process of solving equations) and number fact memorization.
- Science – both practical experiments and observation in nature. Your child may be introduced to elements (such as oxygen or carbon) with a critical analysis of the processes involved in their formation.
- History – This covers both, the history of Britain and Europe, and a study of other groups of people. Your child will be introduced to events such as wars and also be encouraged to consider how history may influence future events. In addition, your child will learn about famous historical figures, including famous artists, writers, composers, etc.
- Geography – both a study of the area in which your child lives and the world beyond. Your child will learn about their local area, national organizations, regions, and countries and about trade routes. Your child will also be introduced to areas such as landforms and countries outside Europe.
- Art – both drawing and painting skills are acquired as well as being encouraged to express themselves creatively (for example by writing a poem or creating a story strip).
- Technology – both computer skills and recycling skills are taught.
- Music – both playing a musical instrument and listening to a wide range of music is encouraged.
Why is Key Stage 2 important for a private school in Kuala Lumpur?
The key stage 2 curriculum is based on the Cambridge National Curriculum, which is a set of national guidelines drawn up to provide a single set of standards for all young people.
This curriculum encourages children to strive for excellence in literacy, numeracy, and science. It also offers them an appreciation of history and culture. It goes beyond academics to provide them with skills for life-long learning.
Children have to take the national curriculum tests or SATs when they complete Key Stage 2. The assessment will help to determine how your child has progressed in this phase and which areas they need support in. There is no concept of a pass or fail in such assessments or examinations at the private school in Kuala Lumpur.
It is important to remember that learning is more than simply achieving exam results. It is also a process in which your child will be taught to think for themselves. At International Schools like GIIS, teachers work with your child so that they learn how to learn, how to set goals, and how to achieve them.