Anne Hill International School recognises that students today face a world which is more interconnected than ever before. That it is essential for young people to explore and better understand the global issues of the world they live in with a sense of hope and empowerment for change. AHI meets these needs through a selection of internationally focused curriculums – such as Montessori, the Cambridge International Curriculum (Primary) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) – as well as the hosting of a number multi-cultural events throughout the year. In doing so, AHI provide students the opportunity to learn about and respect diverse perspectives, effectively communicate across cultures, and ultimately, understand and address global challenges in their world. The end goal is to inspire compassionate and well-informed problem-solvers who understand the interconnectedness of cultures and environments.

AHI Preschool teaching approach is aptly expressed in the School’s motto ‘Learn, Grow, Play’. Teaching focuses on literacy, numeracy and skills development – Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social Skills (PIES) – through the use of fun, creative and interactive methods.

AHI Preschool offers full day and half day programmes for children of ages 18 months to 5 years old (Playgroup, Nursery and Kindergarten classes).

The curriculum is largely based on Montessori teaching approaches, complemented by other learning methods, such as Jolly Phonics and Numicon. During Montessori classes, children make creative choices in their learning through age-appropriate self directed activities assigned by the teacher. Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics(4 letter sounds). Numicon is a multi-sensory approach to teaching mathematics and is designed to help children understand connections between numbers.

Moral education and physical education are other essential building blocks included in the programme.

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TEACHING APPROACHES & OUTCOMES

Kindergarten

4 - 5 years old

Hands on Experience, Problem Solving
Child gains experience and self confidence in thinking and making decisions of their own in everyday context.

Nursery (N1 & N2)

3 - 4 years old

Routine Task, Guided Learning Experience, Language
Language, motor and social skills are developed through routine and repetition.

Playgroup

18 months - 2 years old

Learning Though Play
Play becomes a natural way to expose the child to sounds and words as well as motivate them to learn about themselves and their surroundings.

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The AHI Primary School Curriculum emphasises on inquiry-based learning and problem-solving as well as essential skills for communication and collaboration. Students are taught to apply what they have learned in different contexts and across disciplines. Students are encouraged to be creative and reflective problem solvers and lifelong learners.

Cambridge International Curriculum (Primary)

Anne Hill International School is pursuing Cambridge accreditation and will be following the The Cambridge International Primary Programme framework and standards for subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science.

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

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We are an International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Member School

 

At AHI, the learning process is very important to us for it ensures that our students develop the skills and attributes that will help them to become independent and flexible learners that are prepared for the future.

Anne Hill International School is an IPC Membership School.  The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) supports our vision and provides a highly engaging, cross-curricular and internationally minded curriculum. The IPC’s thematic units of learning are designed to appeal to children’s interests and help them to learn more about the world around them.  Learners engage in globally relevant thematic units of work, which will help them gain an increasingly sophisticated national, international, global and intercultural perspective and develop a sense of global-mindedness. 

Learning with IPC means that AHI students focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that is exciting and challenging. At the heart of the IPC curriculum are thematic units that are based on current affairs (science, history, geography, humanities & arts) to foster global mindedness. Students are given opportunities to gain an increasing sense of themselves, their community and the world around them, as well as inspiring positive action and engagement with global issues. 

These units are then used to convert learning goals into fun inquiry-based learning activities – connecting various subjects to provide a holistic learning experience.

For more information on this international curriculum, please visit: https://fieldworkeducation.com/curriculums/primary-years/about-the-ipc

Subjects

Subjects include English, Mathematics, Science with the addition of other subjects such as Physical Education, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), 2nd Language, Music and Art & Design. Each subject follows a curriculum framework that supports various learning objectives. In addition, the IPC supports deeper learning through student enquiry that spans across various disciplinary areas.

The approach is student-centered, helping them acquire an awareness of their own potential, as well as an understanding of the world around them and their place in it. 

The curriculum seeks to develop a strong foundation for AHI students in effective language use and communication. It aims to nurture:

  • Effective communicators who have a strong foundation in the English language and are able to express themselves confidently in speech and writing.
  • Critical thinkers who comprehend the purpose, audience and context in which communication takes place.

The four key areas of the curriculum are namely: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Active Listening. The curriculum strives to develop phonemic awareness, grammar, reading fluency as well as encourage confidence in oral communication and presentations.

AHI Primary adopts International Cambridge Mathematics Curriculum with adaptation to the renowned Singapore Mathematics Curriculum.  The Singapore Mathematics Curriculum is anchored by the Mathematical Problem-Solving Framework which stresses on conceptual understanding, skills proficiency, mathematical processes, attitudes, metacognition and inter-relatedness of these five components.

The Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that AHI students:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, and that students develop conceptual understanding and apply their knowledge
  • Use mathematical reasoning by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing a justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

The four key areas of curriculum focus are namely: Number, Number System & Problem Solving, Geometry &Problem Solving, Measure & Problem Solving and Handling Data & Problem Solving.

AHI Primary adopts International Cambridge Science Curriculum with adaptation to the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). 

The Science curriculum aims to ensure that AHI students:

  • Build on their interest in and stimulate their curiosity about the living environment
  • Use basic scientific terms and concepts to understand themselves, others and the world
  • Use skills, habits of mind and attitudes necessary for inquiry learning
    Have the empathy in understanding the nature and the world around them
  • Have the creative problem-solving skills in applying their science understanding in the real world

Primary Science covers four content areas including Scientific Inquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It also promotes environmental awareness, historical understanding of Science, and incorporates components of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).  Critical and creative thinking strategies are also incorporated into the learning of Science.

Physical Education contributes towards an all-rounded education and character building, thus constituting an integral part of the curriculum. Through Physical Education conducted by our specialist teachers and partners, AHI students get to develop different motor skills through a wide variety of age-appropriate physical activities, including sports, games, gymnastics and dance. 

AHI provides an updated and comprehensive curriculum, which enables pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies. Students will consider the wider e-safety issues and the adaption of their work to suit their audience. Key ICT skills include the ability to use a range of applications such as Microsoft Office (Word Document, Powerpoint Presentation, Excel Spreadsheets), digital graphics, databases, email, the internet and web authoring.

Please refer to 2nd Language & Culture section below.

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The AHI Art & Design curriculum provides students with a platform to express themselves, sparking imagination, creativity and developing transferable skills. Students explore and push boundaries to become reflective, critical and decisive thinkers. They learn how to articulate personal responses to their experiences and develop creative skills that will help with many aspects of their future learning. Students will explore various art mediums (e.g. painting , drawing, crafts, print, installations and digital media) and media (e.g. watercolour, coloured pencils recyclable materials).

2ND LANGUAGE & CULTURE

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Currently, Anne Hill International School offers both Vietnamese and Mandarin as additional second language and culture courses. More language options will be added in the future. Mandarin is offered at both preschool and primary school level while Vietnamese Language & Culture (VLC) will start at primary school level.

Vietnamese Language & Culture (separate classes for Vietnamese and Non-Vietnamese)

  • Form and develop vocabulary language skills (listen, speak, read and write)
  • To study and communicate appropriately for their age
  • Initial knowledge about Vietnamese language, culture and people
  • Basic understanding of events, historical figures, traditions, customs and practices of the Vietnamese people
  • Basic understanding of Vietnam’s geographical position, territory and resources
  • Form a love of their homeland, the country and national pride

Mandarin Language
Anne Hill International School is following YCT (Youth Chinese Test) standards, which is the International Benchmark for the study of Mandarin for children. Anne Hill International School’s teaching resources and teaching methodology focus on listening, speaking, reading, writing and hanyu pinyin (汉语拼音), with children of lower year grade focusing more on listening, speaking and reading.

Students are introduced to everyday spoken Chinese and the simplified forms of Chinese characters. The characters are used in pinyin to reinforce listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Lesson topics include introduction to Pinyin, greetings, numbers, proper way of inquiring a person’s age and talking about family and personal belongings. Cultural knowledge related to lesson topics is also introduced.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (CCA)

Co-curricular Activities are part of the holistic education, which enable students to discover their interest and talents while developing values and competencies that will prepare them for the future. 

These programmes – either incorporated in class activities or provided as after school activities – include:

  • Art and Craft 
  • Speech and Drama
  • Language Classes
  • Music and Dance
  • Yoga
  • Environmental Club
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Mindfulness
  • Swimming
  • Games Club

Our CCA Partners:

Brazilian International Football Academy Vietnam

The school also provides joint workshops on topics of interests for parents and students over the weekend.

 

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Cultural Festivals, Events & Experiences

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At Anne Hill International School, we believe in a range of creative Vietnamese and international cultural experiences for our students. Throughout the year there are festivals and events that offer great learning opportunities. These international gatherings help our students to take a more open view of the world and stimulate an international connection. These include but are not limited to the Mid-Autumn Festival, Halloween, Deepavali, Hannukah, Christmas, Lunar New Year, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and more.

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