Primary School

Primary School

The Primary School consists of seven year groups from Reception through to Year 6. All classes are held in English. Each Year’s curriculum is based on the corresponding British National Curriculum. Unlike many Cambodian schools, our students spend only a short time studying with workbooks. We prefer to hold classes in English that broach a variety of subjects, and that will expand the students’ mental capabilities for rational and creative thought.

Monthly assessments and end-of-trimester examinations keep track of our students’ progress, and while it is important to note progress in terms of numerical scores, we prefer to foster the willingness to try new things and make mistakes than to punish those performing at a lower rate than their peers.

Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Each Primary School Year class is taught by a qualified native English-speaking teacher. Every classroom is assisted by at least one Khmer national Teaching Assistant.

Reception

In the first year of the Primary School, students spend time preparing for the more academically rigorous future years in English, Phonics, Maths, and Science. During this year, students move from a curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage to the Primary School curriculum, which is based on the British National Curriculum.  They concrete their phonics knowledge and learn to read and write.

Students deepen their understanding of the English language and its grammatical intricacies through the study of English literature, the Arts, and Science.

Requirements

Students wishing to study in Reception must be at least 5 years old, and be able to understand spoken English. They must also be able to read and write some English. All students wishing to enroll must first take a Placement Test to determine their skill level.

Objectives

English

  • Student has to be able to respond quickly to phoneme sound
  • Able to read and understand without any help from the teacher
  • Students getting familiar with two syllable words
  • Able to narrate stories
  • Become aware of punctuation

Maths

  • reading, writing, counting and comparing numbers up to 100
  • count in multiples of twos, fives and tens
  • given a number, identify one more and one less
  • identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than, most, least
  • read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.

Activities

  • Learn the grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPCs)
  • Drawing and painting to increase students’ knowledge
  • Read story books to expand knowledge and to let students be able to read independently
  • Discuss and let the students retell the story to other students and teacher
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition and subtraction
  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
  • Compose simple sentences
  • Practicing with punctuation (full stop)

Year One to Year Six

In the further years of the Primary School, students spend more time studying academically rigorous material in English, Phonics, Maths, and Science. During this year, students study from a curriculum based on the British National Curriculum.

Students deepen their understanding of the English language and its grammatical intricacies through the study of English literature, the Arts, and Science.

Requirement

Students wishing to enter Year one must be at least 6 years old and have the ability to speak and understand basic English, as well as be able to read and write simple words. Every student who enrolls at Go Global takes a Placement Test to determine their skill level and appropriate classroom placement.

At the very minimum, students enrolling in the Primary School should have already learned these basic skills:

English

know the single letter phonetics

be able to decode CVC words

be able to hold a pencil correctly and trace letters

Mathematics

  • count to 10
  • number recognition up to 10
  • recognise some shapes and colours

Objectives

English

From Year One through Year Six, students learn to read independently and think critically about what they read. Reading new books nurses a sense of wonder while students build their working vocabulary with new words and. Students learn to extrapolate written information, and to interpret that information into their ideas.

In one trimester, students learn practical research skills as they scour informational non-fiction texts. The following trimester, they study some of the many forms and expressions of poetry before constructing their own.

Students will try their hand at book reports, research reports, creative and non-fiction writing.

At Go Global, we hope to foster a love of books, of reading, and of continuous self-education while consciously increasing students’ English fluency and comprehension, so that they are well prepared to move on to higher learning.

Mathematics

Students in the Primary School learn the basic functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, while also learning geometry, algebra, and the practical application of measurements and conversions.

They keep up with the Math requirements as stated in the British National Curriculum, and they also learn to manage currency like U.S. dollars and Cambodian Riel.

Students explore ratios, fractions, negative values and their correlating graphic coordinates. Decimals, percentages, estimations and predictions are all put to use in real world examples that give math skills a practical context for use outside of the classroom.

Students spend a lot of time learning to interpret information graphics and statistical data, and to create their own info graphics from raw data sets.

Activities

Our World workbooks alongside: students in the Primary School spend at least 30 minutes every day on phonics review and acquisition through guided workbook activities.

Library: students spend at least one period per week in the library, practicing individual reading skills and comprehension as well as group understanding and Q&A. Students also use the library to begin developing research skills.

Science: classes are conducted in English while students learn more about the world around them and how things work. The majority of class time involves introducing students to new concepts that help them give context and meaning to their immediate and distant environment. Experiments and hands-on activities are encouraged.

Art, Music, Dance, and Physical Education: six periods per week are devoted to alternative subject matter that is introduced to the classroom in order to expand students’ realm of knowledge and interest. All classes are held entirely in English, so students are progressing in their comprehension and use of English while engaged in new and inspiring subject matter.