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Primary Years (Grades 1-5)

Grade 1 to 5 homeroom classes are located in the CS building and grouped by grade level. Teachers provide students with regular opportunities to take ownership over their own learning. Instruction and learning experiences are differentiated to meet the unique needs presented by students with a range of experiences with language, concepts, skills, and knowledge. We believe that it is the responsibility of an excellent school to provide each student with the opportunity to grow and thrive as a learner and as an individual.

Teams of teachers use formal and informal assessment opportunities, purposeful and collaborative planning, and a philosophy that puts every one of our students at the middle of our planning process. 


The school's homework philosophy recognizes that there is a need for balance between formal academic homework and opportunities to engage in enrichment activities such as sports, music, social opportunities and imaginative play. An appropriate level of homework is assigned at each grade level to support learning and encourage the development of effective time-management skills. It is an opportunity for children to share what they are learning with parents, and should be enjoyable for all involved.

Possible homework subjects – Unit of Inquiry, English including reading and spelling, Mathematics, Additional Language, Single Subjects.

Excursions and Field Trips

Children at all grade levels participate in field trips and excursions to support learning during the academic year. Most field trips take place in or around Suzhou; however other possible destinations include Shanghai, Taihu and Changzhou. These trips are linked closely to our programme of inquiry.

Children in Grade 3 are invited to spend a night at the Elementary School, where they take part in games, challenges, events and a sleepover. Children in Grades 4 and 5 have the chance to participate in camps. These camps last for three days and include many exciting activities that promote teamwork and leadership skills.

Special events

Classes take turns leading Elementary School assemblies during the year, to which parents are invited. Many additional special events are also celebrated in classes and at a whole school level. These include the Grade 5 Exhibition, Book Week, Sports Day, the Elementary Swim Carnival, concerts, choirs and other musical performances, plays, art exhibitions and a large Christmas and Chinese New Year celebration.