The elementary school at Oasis International School - Kuala Lumpur is designed for our youngest students to build a strong foundation of knowledge, critical thinking skills, and leadership ability.
The elementary school is organized by grade level and has a maximum capacity of 15 students per class in Kindergarten and 25 students per class in 1st through 5th grade. Every class is taught by elementary school teachers with U.S. teaching certificates.
In addition to having qualified and caring teachers, OIS also offers a personalized learning experience and uses a holistic approach. In each elementary class at OIS, teachers use differentiation to meet the needs of each individual student. In addition, OIS focuses on various dimensions of a child as part of its holistic approach. For social development, OIS provides opportunities both in the classroom and outside the school walls for students to learn how to develop healthy friendship skills, social values, and empathy. Also, starting in kindergarten, OIS teaches the importance of how play and proper rest are vital to the educational experience and actually allow kids to function better at their academic tasks. OIS considers how long students sit at their desks without moving along with how many breaks, recesses, and PE sessions students have in a day. OIS takes each of these important elements into consideration to help elementary students be successful.
Below you will find a description of the elementary core subjects and specials taught at OIS. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Elementary English language arts focuses on the development of phonics skills (K-2) as well as writing and literacy skills (K-5). Students are given the opportunity to practice independently and to share how they applied a strategy in their own reading and writing. The English Language Arts curriculum develops independence, confidence, and motivation in students.
In elementary math classes, students actively approach each math concept in both whole group interactive lessons and in a small group math workshop model using games, activities, manipulatives, and more. The math curriculum is problem-based, and interactive learning continues with a wide range of concepts to prepare our students for the next levels of math learning.
The elementary science curriculum equips students to discover the infinite complexity and orderliness of the world, learn about themselves, and recognize their role as caretakers of the world. The curriculum provides students with experiences that help them learn about the world. Students are taught to practice the scientific method in order to gain a greater understanding of the topics studied. Units of study focus on life, earth, and physical science concepts.
Elementary students have the opportunity to share their culture and values with others and to learn about the global community through the social studies curriculum. Students are encouraged to develop a sense of community and expand to a broader understanding of the world through studies about culture, history, geography, and economics. Map skills are also taught at each grade level.
Elementary students take character education as a core subject. The curriculum includes a study of 42 character traits that are foundational qualities. The list of traits includes the following: responsibility, respect, compassion, perseverance, integrity, and self-control. In addition, students become familiar with historical figures who demonstrated different character traits through their actions and their lives.
All elementary students participate in visual arts and music classes. The focus is on teaching students to identify and apply the basic elements of art and music. Students are encouraged to express themselves, think creatively, problem solve, and appreciate the self-expression of others. Periodically, students will display their projects and perform for the school community.
The goal of the elementary foreign language program is for students to begin acquiring skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing that will lay the foundation for future language study. Students also gain a greater understanding of culture and geography. Vocabulary and expressions are focused on a variety of basic units, such as greetings, family, introductions, numbers, food, animals, clothing, the body, and hobbies.
The emphasis of elementary P. E. is on moving through space and time. Students learn to perform a variety of fundamental locomotor and nonlocomotor skills. They also learn to manipulate objects with purposeful movement. Students begin to understand specific movements involved in dance, gymnastics, swimming, and individual and team sports. They also develop an understanding of human body systems and their functions.