Elementary School Pre-K – 5th Grade

Posted on: 23 September 2015 Posted by:
Pre-K teacher with two young students learning to count.
Our youngest students learning to count.

A Strong Foundation

As we know, for a building to withstand the test of time it needs a strong foundation. The same is true of our children’s education. That is why in the Elementary School at XIS, we provide the educational experiences and choices necessary to develop the learning characteristics that will support our children throughout their lives.

At XIS, we are committed to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework and philosophy, encouraging our students to become internationally minded learners. The IB PYP Units of Inquiry and Learner Profile are the driving forces behind our learning. We also employ the “Daily 5” and CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Extended vocabulary) literacy frameworks. In the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes, the students learn literacy skills through learning engagements that are built into the play-based environment. For students who are learning English as an additional language, we offer ELL support. We have one ELL teacher for every two classes and the ELL specialist and class teachers co-teach and differentiate within the classroom environment to help all students to access the learning. Through meticulous data gathering, the teachers observe and record the interests, skills, and learning needs of our students to subsequently inform our planning.

At XIS, we recognize parents as the first and foremost educators, and we actively encourage a partnership between home and school to further supplement our ongoing assessment of each child. Whether you are viewing our website as a student, (grand) parent, or educator, we look forward to welcoming you one day to our family oriented school.

The Primary Years Program at Xiamen International School

XIS Elementary School implements the International Baccalaureate Programme using the most current pedagogical research to guide learning and teaching.   The Xiamen International School community works together to support our children to be self-directed learners, global citizens, effective communicators and analytical and creative problem solvers.

Teachers and learners refer to the rigorous and clearly articulated XIS Standards when they work together to set learning goals, assess growth, and plan next steps for learning.  XIS elementary students develop and apply strategies for critical and creative thinking, engage in inquiry, make connections, and apply new understandings and skills across different subjects and contexts.  All subject area Teachers work together to support the development of our students’ understanding of the Programme of Inquiry.   Students are taught media and digital literacy skills and Information and Communication Technologies are embedded throughout the curriculum.

The XIS curriculum is organized around six transdisciplinary themes. The themes enable children to experience a balance of subject-specific knowledge, concepts and skills while developing deep, conceptual understandings of local and global issues that are significant and relevant to a child growing up in the 21st century.

Read more about The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme at this link

An XIS student demonstrates the attributes and personalities described below:

  • Inquirer – shows natural curiosity
  • Thinker – applies thinking skills critically and creatively
  • Communicator – receives and expresses ideas and information confidently in many languages
  • Risk-taker – approaches unfamiliar situations with confidence and independence
  • Knowledgeable – explores themes which have global relevance and importance
  • Principled – has a strong grasp of moral reasoning, integrity, honesty and fairness
  • Caring – shows sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others
  • Open-minded – respects the values, views and traditions of different cultures
  • Well-balanced – understands the importance of physical, personal and mental well-being
  • Reflective – gives thoughtful consideration to his/her learning, and strengths and weaknesses