Introduction to Primary School
A child in Singapore undergoes six years of primary education, comprising a four-year foundation stage from Primary 1 to 4 and a two-year orientation stage from Primary 5 to 6.
At the foundation stage, the core curriculum which comprises English, Mother Tongue and Mathematics is taught, with supplementary subjects such as Music, Art & Craft, Physical Education and Social Studies. Science is included from Primary 3.
To maximize their potential, students are streamed according to their learning ability before advancing to the orientation stage. At the end of Primary 6, students sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).
Singapore’s primary school curriculum has been used as a model internationally, especially its teaching methods in mathematics. Foreign students are accepted at primary schools subject to availability of vacancies.
This preparatory course is for 7-12 years old local/international students who wish to enroll in Singapore government primary schools. Teachers will teach students in small groups in preparation for primary school’s entry test. The subjects offered are English and Mathematics.
Morning 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. English or Mathematics (Monday to Friday, 5 times a week)
Afternoon 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mathematics or English (Monday to Friday, 5 times a week)
Course Duration (Full-time)
There are two semesters per year: Semester 1: January to June (6 months), Semester 2: July to December (6 months). Depending on each individual’s level, some students may need to take both Semesters 1 and 2 to complete the whole course. At the end of each semester, students are required to take the Semestral Examination and the School will issue the Semestral Examination results to the students.
We have highly qualified teachers who are dedicated and responsible. Our teachers are not only experienced in their teaching subject but are also very amicable and caring.
Manner/Methodology of Teaching
Our course is classroom-based, however we also provide after-school supplementary exercises. Teachers will explain the main focus of courses and difficult points, adding relevant knowlegde outside of the curriculum, interspersed with some class discussion, for students to reflect on concepts and issues.
The optimum teacher-student ratio stipulated for the courses is capped at 1:23.
Course materials include class notes, MOE-approved text books, slide presentation, educational media
Students are prepared accordingly to the level of admission to government schools. Our teachers will follow the syllabus as approved by the Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE), and provide guidance to our students.
The Courses available are as follow:
|Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School (Primary 2)||English
|Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School (Primary 3)||English
|Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School (Primary 4)||English
|Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School (Primary 5)||English
Student will sit for our School’s Placement Test and be placed into the relevant course based on the results of their placement test.
Students will also need to observe the age ranges criteria as determined by the MOE.
The following age ranges are for new international students seeking admission and for former international students seeking re-admission into government schools.
|Level||Academic level||Language proficiency||Admissible Age Range (as at 1st January of Year of Admission)|
|Primary 2||Kidergarten or equivalent||Kidergarten English or equivalent||7 to 9+|
|Primary 3||Primary 1 or equivalent||Primary 1 English or equivalent||8 to 10+|
|Primary 4||Primary 2 or equivalent||Primary 2 English or equivalent||9 to 11+|
|Primary 5||Primary 3 or equivalent||Primary 3 English or equivalent||10 to 12+|
International students who will be studying for a period of more than 3 months will need to apply for a STUDENT PASS.
For further details, please visit Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
Course Commencement and End Date
All Full Time courses commence on the 2nd of January and end on 31 December of every year. Students may join classes at any time in the year as long as they agree to the School’s terms and conditions.
Manner of Assessment
- The assessment scheme for modules in the School’s courses is standardised as follows:
Class Test/Project / Assignment / Homework/ Attendance Written examination 40% 60%
- The class test/ project/ assignment/ homework/ attendance component may have sub-components if deemed appropriate by the teacher. These multiple assessments collectively help teaching staff to reliably establish the abilities and competencies of students.
- Borderline fail cases will be reviewed appropriately. The student may justify his or her failure with the group of teachers concerned. Final decision will be made by Examination Board.
- Attendance Requirement
A list of students who meet the requirements for a School award will be compiled at the end of each course. For a student to receive this award, besides meeting the course requirements for graduation, fees must be paid in full and the student must have a minimum overall attendance of 75% (or 90% for international students) for the entire course.
- Appeal Procedure
Students who have not passed their modules may submit an appeal for review of results using our school’s Results Appeal Form through the Administrative Manager stating their reasons. This appeal must be submitted within 1 week of the release of the exam results, together with payment of the required fee.
- The School works within the following timeline for processing and releasing the final exam results and appeal results. a) Release of final exam results – within 4 weeks after completion of the final paper of the examination b) Release of appeal results – within 4 weeks from the official date of release of the exam results (or 3 weeks from the close of the appeal period)
- A student whose appeal is unsuccessful may apply to the School to take a re-test with payment of a re-test fee. This application must be submitted within 1 week of the release of the appeal results. If the student fails the re-test, he must either repeat the module or take a new module in order to accumulate the required number of passed modules for graduation.
- A student who chooses not to appeal may apply to the School to take a re-test, with payment of a re-test fee, within 1 week of the release of the exam results.
Course Completion Criteria and Award
During the course, our school will award a certificate of commendation to student who has achieved >70% score in 2 consecutive monthly assessments and has at least 90% attendance.
Upon successful course completion, Nanyang Language and Business School will issue certificate of attendance. The students will then sit for the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS), an entrance examination organised by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB), in hope to gain admission to government main-stream schools at the beginning of the following academic year.