Teaching at the Swiss School follows the Curricular of the Cantons of Zug and Valais. Both curricula are based on the harmonized Swiss curricula ‘Lehrplan 21’ and ‘Plan d’études romand (PER)’.
Our curricula describe what students learn during compulsory schooling in terms of competencies. We understand competence as the ability of an individual to master a situation as effectively, independently, responsibly and sustainably as possible. To build competencies, one needs not only pure knowledge, but also the ability to apply this knowledge and the will to do so in the first place. Consequently, we place a strong focus on linking and applying knowledge, skills and abilities.
In the international environment of Singapore, the English language is of particular importance. Our students are therefore taught bilingually. This allows us to optimally combine Swiss educational quality with the demands of globalization.
At age 2, our youngest students begin their school education in Little Tots. Up to age 4/5, they are primarily instructed in English with German/ French being introduced gradually. Playgroups I and II are conducted as mixed-age classes.
Thereafter, students start Kindergarten, which is part of the Primary School. Swiss teachers and English-speaking specialist subject teachers prepare students in both German/French and English.
In Primary 1, reading and writing is taught in German/French and English. Supplementary subjects such as science and swimming are taught in English. Moving up to the higher grades, English gradually increases, providing a smooth transition from Primary 6 to the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA).