Elementary School

Empowering and inspiring through challenge and compassion

At BCIS we want all children to be empowered and inspired learners. As such BCIS has developed a curriculum that best provides opportunities to differentiate and personalize according to a child’s readiness, interests and learning styles. As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, the BCIS curriculum creates a balance between acquiring essential knowledge and skills, developing conceptual understanding, demonstrating positive attitudes, and taking responsible action. Using a transdisciplinary approach, grade levels follow BCIS’ curriculum outcomes for Mathematics, Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Music and Physical Education.

The BCIS curriculum fosters;

  • curiosity, seeking understanding and enjoyment of lifelong learning
  • academic achievement, physical well-being, and personal success
  • knowledge developed from diverse perspectives
  • awareness and understanding of local and global issues
  • inquiry and risk-taking in a safe and caring learning environment
  • academically rigorous challenge, achieved through a differentiated approach
  • creative thought, critical reasoning, and inspired action
  • open and respectful communication
  • shared responsibility for learning
  • service to local and global communities
  • commitment to environmental sustainability
  • respect for self and others
  • cultural understanding and linguistic diversity
  • appreciation for the uniqueness of China


Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Information Technology are taught by teachers in the homeroom setting

Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education, Chinese Studies, English Language Learners (ELL), Makerspace and Library are taught by specialist teachers

The curriculum framework offered through Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a transdisciplinary approach to learning. This means that all disciplines are interconnected and interdependent, while investigating a certain topic, which is defined in the central idea of the Unit of Inquiry. This allows students to apply knowledge and skills associated with many disciplines in a real-life context.

All children receive the appropriate level of instruction and support to enable them to develop new skills and become independent learners

The BCIS literacy curriculum is guided by the IBPYP language scope and sequence and is organized under four main strands of literacy: reading, writing, listening and speaking, and viewing and presenting.

At BCIS, we believe Mathematics to be a vehicle through which we make sense of the world around us. Mathematics shares a global language which unites cultures and nationalities. Mathematics can enhance our understanding of the world and the quality of our participation in society. Mathematics is a way of thinking, a highly effective tool for solving problems, and describing, analyzing and interpreting our world.

We are proud of our Chinese roots and integrate Chinese language, culture, history and geography to our learning and out of class experiences, such as field trips and Week Without Walls

Parents are an important part of the Elementary School team and each homeroom has a Homeroom Parent who provides a link between parents and school for a variety of projects.

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