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Primary Programme

Primary Programme

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The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at SGIA

The school was authorised by the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the Primary Years Programme, in 2009. Since then, SGIA has proudly offered the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) to students from K1 (3 years old) to Grade 5 (11 years old).  

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) offers a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centered education with responsible action at its core, helping students to learn between, across and beyond traditional subject boundaries. 

The PYP framework provides a clear guideline for the school to develop our curriculum that is engaging, significant, challenging and relevant for our primary students. The PYP framework allows for the national/local curriculum to be integrated into the teaching and learning processes, which is based on conceptual understanding. 

The curriculum is organised around six Transdisciplinary Themes :

  • Who We Are

  • Where We Are in Place and Time

  • How We Organise Ourselves

  • How We Express Ourselves

  • How the World Works

  • Sharing the Planet

Through the programme of inquiry and by reflecting on their learning, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and the attributes of the IB Learner profile. Informed by constructivist and social-constructivist learning theories, the emphasis on collaborative inquiry and integrative learning honours the curiosity, voice, and contribution of the students.

Language(s) Development at SGIA

The main language of instruction at SGIA is English and it is our language of communication across the school. In addition, students are also taught the Indonesian language, which is categorised for local and international students, as mandated by the local authority.  Mandarin is offered for students from Kindergarten 3 (5 years old) and above.

Grade Level Placement

The school will place a student at the most appropriate grade level. This decision is  based upon careful consideration of the student’s age, previous educational history and records,  references, and overall developmental level of the student as well as the admission tests. All initial placements are tentative and may be adjusted after the first term, as deemed necessary. Students arriving from schools operating on a Southern Hemisphere academic calendar may be placed  back a partial year (at the grade level currently attended).

Grade Level based on age only applies to the grades below: 

All students must be within the specified age range by the start of the school year. Exceptions will be made only after receiving previous school official records. 

English Requirements for Enrollment


ECC (Pre-K–K3): Children can enrol in Pre-K, K1, K2 and K3 with no prior experience in English, although some knowledge of English for admission to K3 will be an advantage.


Grade 1–5:  Students are expected to be able to function academically in English. Particularly for admissions to Grade 3–5, applicants must be able to speak and understand English. They must have sufficient skills in reading and writing in English to enable them to fully participate in the learning processes. Applicants for Grade 3–5 need to pass the appropriate grade level entrance test and interview with the Principal.

What support is there for my child's development in English?

SGIA offers the EAL (English as an Additional Language) Programme to elementary students from Grades 1–5 with non-English speaking backgrounds and whose English language proficiency is inadequate, with the goal that they become fully integrated into the life of the school. The main objective of the programme is to prepare the students to meet the maximum level of competency to instruction in the mainstream as well as to develop the confidence to fully engage in all lessons. EAL programme is implemented through pull-out classes by a specialist EAL Teacher.

Learning Support and Tutorial

The school understands that not every child learns the same way and their developmental stages may vary, which can impact their academic achievements. As the school strives to implement a differentiated instruction approach in the classroom, however, it may not be enough for certain students who need extra support. Extra lessons can be administered, based on the teacher’s recommendation and will be conducted during weekdays, after school hours, which will last up to an hour. In addition, private tutorials may be advised for students who need more help with their learning.


To further support students' English language development, parents are encouraged to provide reading materials, educational videos and games, and other support at home, which will help develop students’ knowledge and understanding of their language and/or other subjects. 


SGIA Admission Policy 2022
SGIA Language Policy 2021 (Primary Department)


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