THS Curriculum for Grades 1 to 2
In Grades 1 to 2, we help our students develop a love for learning, a growing self-confidence, and a solid understanding of their place in time and space. By the end of these grades, our students have had a solid foundation in the core subjects of Numeracy and Literacy. They will have actively participated in a series of positive, hands-on learning experiences across a range of subjects. This sets the stage for continued discovery, self-awareness, critical thinking and rhetoric. All integral aspects of a successful learning repertoire.
We use US curricular standards that have been adapted to suit an accelerated international demographic. Our teachers employ a balanced approach to learning and teaching with an emphasis on authentic learning opportunities and foundational skills. Our average student to teacher ratio of 8:1 ensures that methodical differentiation of instruction in Numeracy and Literacy begins for qualifying students as early as Prep. Teachers adhere to a classroom management philosophy that employs positive and engaging techniques from the Responsive Classroom model to encourage confidence and instil self-determination and resilience from the beginning.
Numeracy, Literacy, Social Studies, Science, Learner Goals, Chinese Studies-Mandarin, Library, Music, Art, Health and Physical Education
From local walking experiences within our school neighborhood to excursions in the New Territories or outlying islands, these students have numerous opportunities to experience curricular objectives come to life. Students will participate in beginning Sailing orientation and curricular programs aboard our anchored Outdoor Classroom, The Black Dolphin in preparation for actual sailing excursions that start in Grade 3.
Role In The Community
Students complete Lower Primary with a basic understanding of our school Learner Goals: Perceptive, Inquisitive, Self-Determined, Integrated Within, Integrated Among, Innovative and Resilient.
Each student participates in Classroom Job rotations and also has opportunities to participate in decisions affecting the rest of the school by participating in our active Student Council as a Lower Primary Representative. Additional school community opportunities exist within the grade and across the grades as Lower Primary students are invited to participate in a peer-mentoring experience during the Social Training and Relationship Skills (STARS) program or as a Reading Buddy when paired with an older student.
Performing and Visual Arts
We believe that the Arts are a vital aspect of a balanced education particularly in Lower Primary. Students attend weekly Music and Art classes wherein they explore foundational skills and genres, and embark on early comparative analysis of styles, composers and artists. Students participate in an annual Arts Interim Week during which they choose from a range of courses and have focused learning opportunities resulting in a performance or exhibition. Within the school calendar, there are opportunities to perform among peers at our fortnightly school assemblies, in the Winter Concert or Spring Talent Show, or to participate in the whole school Spring production.
Physical Education And Athletics
Our Physical Education program provides opportunities for students to develop an awareness of personal well-being while acquiring confidence, strength, general fitness and coordination. Students participate in a range of fitness-related games and activities. They work on hand-eye coordination, stamina and good sportsmanship. Lower Primary students also have the opportunity to participate in additional athletic offerings from our School Extension Activity (SEA) Course program in a team-related (field hockey) and/or individual (wrestling) pathway.
THS provides students with opportunities to experience French and Mandarin Chinese language and culture. Students are streamed into different levels during world language classes.
THS world language program provides hands-on experiences to students and we focus on real-life application of the languages. Students learn the languages through communities, comparisons, communication, cultures and connection (5Cs).