Life in Primary
At MIS, we strive to provide a comprehensive education that covers a wide range of subjects and ensures the holistic development of our students. In Key Stage 1, which is the first stage of primary education, we offer an array of 13 subjects that include English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Music, Art and Design, Thai, Chinese, PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education), PE (Physical Education), and Swimming.
As our students progress to Key Stage 2, the second stage of primary education, they continue to study the same 13 subjects offered in Key Stage 1, with an additional subject called Design and Technology. This addition allows them to explore the practical application of skills and knowledge in a creative and hands-on manner.
Assessment plays a crucial role in our educational approach. We believe in continuous assessment and observation in all subjects to ensure that our students receive targeted tuition at an appropriate level and achieve the set objectives outlined in the curriculum. Our experienced teachers employ differentiation strategies to provide support for students who require it and offer extension materials to those who excel academically.
In the primary years, assessment methods include various approaches beyond formal testing. These methods encompass independent classwork, homework assignments, group work, and presentations. By employing a diverse range of assessment techniques, we gain a comprehensive understanding of each student’s progress and abilities.
In Key Stage 1, our assessment practices involve weekly end-of-unit Collins maths tests, spelling tests, reading assessments conducted on a weekly basis, phonics screening checks, and baseline tests administered at the beginning and end of the academic year.
For Key Stage 2, we continue with weekly end-of-unit Collins maths tests, spelling tests, and weekly reading assessments. Additionally, students undertake weekly times-table tests, INCAS CEM baseline tests at the start of the year, and Cambridge Progress tests at the end of the year. These assessments help us monitor their progress, identify areas for improvement, and celebrate their achievements.
Apart from these formal assessments, homework plays a significant role in our students’ learning journey. We consider homework to be a valuable activity that reinforces and supports the concepts taught during the school day. The time dedicated to homework should not exceed one hour per day, and it can include a variety of tasks.
For Key Stage 1, homework assignments may involve practicing spelling words, reading Oxford Reading Tree books, and completing math and English exercises.
In Key Stage 2, homework may include practicing spelling words, reading Oxford Reading Tree books, writing book summaries, practicing times-tables, and completing English and math assignments.
By incorporating ongoing assessment and homework, we aim to provide a comprehensive educational experience that caters to the individual needs and progress of each student, fostering their growth and preparing them for future academic endeavors.