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The Primary School starts from Grade 1 to Grade 5, for children between the age of 6 and 10 years old.

Excelsior International School follows an inquiry-based approach to learning.

Some key features of the PYP:

The Learner Profile

We aim to educate unique internationally minded people, who possess the following qualities, which as defined by the PYP are the 10 student-learning outcomes called the 'learner profile'.

  • Inquirers - Their natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives
  • Thinkers - They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and solve complex problems.
  • Communicators - They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.
  • Risk-Takers - They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.
  • Knowledgeable – They have spent time in our schools exploring themes which have global relevance and importance. In so doing, they have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge.
  • Principled – They have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.
  • Caring - They show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.
  • Open-minded – They respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.
  • Balanced – They understands the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
  • Reflective – They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyse their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

The Written Curriculum

We strive for a balance between the search for understanding, the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, the development of positive attitudes and the opportunity for positive action.

The body of significant and relevant subject matter students explore and know about is referred to as knowledge. This knowledge is represented through 6 subject areas: Languages, Social Studies, Science and Technology, Mathematics, Arts, and Personal, Social and Physical Education.

Key concepts are expressed as questions:

  • Form (What is it like?)
  • Function (How does it work?)
  • Causation (Why is it like it is?)
  • Change (How is it changing?)
  • Connection (How is it connected to other things?)
  • Perspective (What are the points of view?)
  • Responsibility (What is our responsibility?)
  • Reflection (How do we know?).

The PYP identifies sets of disciplinary and cross-curricular skills, outlined below, that are acquired in the process of structured inquiry.

  • Thinking skills: the acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, dialectical thought, and metacognition.
  • Research skills: formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting and recording data, organising and interpreting data, and presenting research findings.
  • Communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and non-verbal communication.
  • Self-management skills: gross and fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organisation, time management, safety, a healthy lifestyle, codes of behaviour and making informed choices.
  • Social skills: accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group decision making, and adopting a variety of group roles.

Students develop attitudes or expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people, such as appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

Students are encouraged to reflect, choose wisely and to act responsibly with their peers, school staff and in the wider community. Through such service, students are able to grow socially and personally, developing skills such as cooperation, problem solving, conflict resolution and creative and critical thinking.

At the heart of the PYP's philosophy is a commitment to structured inquiry as an ideal vehicle for learning. Teachers and students are guided by 6 transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from the 6 subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet


The Taught Curriculum

The taught curriculum is the written curriculum in action.

In the PYP, the taught curriculum is part of what the continuum of IB programmes calls the approaches to teaching (ATT). The taught curriculum reinforces the pedagogy of authentic learning that is inquiry-based and conceptually driven. The programme is committed to structured, purposeful inquiry that engages students actively in their own learning.

The taught curriculum also touches on the approaches to learning (ATL) which are currently identified as "transdisciplinary skills" in the PYP. The ultimate intention of ATL across the IB continuum is to develop self-regulated (self-managed, self directed, independent) learners through skill based, process focused teaching.
The deliberate use of ATT strategies and ATL reinforces a holistic experience that not only addresses students' cognitive development, but their social, emotional and physical well-being.

The Assessed Curriculum

Assessment in the PYP identifies what students know, understand, can do and value at different stages in the teaching and learning process. The direct link between assessment and the teaching and learning process means that they must function purposefully together. Assessing the result of inquiry as well as the process of inquiry are important objectives of the programme.

The principal purposes of assessment in the PYP are to:

  • Provide feedback to students, parents and teachers
  • Determine what the student knows and understands about the world
  • Inform and differentiate teaching and learning
  • Monitor student progress in the development of the IB learner profile attributes
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the programme.

Essentially, there are two types of assessment in the PYP, each of which has a specific function.

  • Formative assessment is embedded in the teaching and learning process and therefore occurs in the daily routine of a classroom. It aims to support students to become better learners and helps teachers to plan the next stage of learning.
  • Summative assessment occurs at the end of the teaching and learning process and provides students with opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned in a new context. It aims to give teachers, students and parents clear, evidence-based insight into students' understanding at a particular moment in time.

When assessing the process of inquiry, teachers consider whether:

  • The nature of the students' inquiries develop over time; whether they are, in fact, asking questions of more depth, which are likely to enhance their learning substantially
  • The students are becoming aware that real problems require solutions based on the integration of knowledge that spans and connects several subject areas
  • The students are mastering skills and accumulating a comprehensive knowledge base in order to conduct their inquiries successfully and find solutions to problems
  • The students demonstrate both independence and an ability to work collaboratively.

Consideration of these points allows teachers to plan for effective teaching and learning opportunities that give students a chance to develop their inquiries further.

To have an external benchmark in assessing the students, all students will undertake the Cambridge Checkpoint for English, Mathematics and Science near the end of Grade 5.

Students who are in their final year of the programme are expected to carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry project, known as the exhibition, under the guidance of their teachers.

The exhibition represents a significant event in the life of both the school and student, synthesising the essential elements of the programme and sharing them with the whole school community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the Learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the programme. It is a culminating experience marking the transition from PYP to further steps in education.

News and Events 

Excelsior International School Interact [...]

The EIS interact club has been serving and giving back to the community since its inception by sponsoring activities such as the Run for Hope which primary objective is to raise funds for the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation ("Foundation")

Excelsior International School's Interact Club is a service club for students ages 12 - 18 whose primary purpose is to give students a chance to make a difference in the world. EIS Interact club is sponsored by Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral. Rotary International is an international service organisation whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organisation open to all people regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 Million Individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.

This year, as part of our community service program, EIS Interact Club in support of Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral will be launched the "Plant a Tree Campaign" which is meant to instill an environment loving culture among our youths. This project involves Interact Club members and primary students from the Excelsior International School, and 16 orphans from the SHAFAR Welfare Organisation (Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shafar), Johor Bahru.

The launch was held on the 23rd September 2016 by His Highness Tunku Idris Iskandar Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Temenggong Johor during the Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral 5th Installation Dinner at Doubletree, by Hilton, Johor Bahru, Johor. EIS staff and students were in attendance where EIS Interact Club president Lim Ee Lyn helped launch the event. In addition to launching the project EIS also had both primary and secondary students perform a song for all in attendance.

The campaign is aimed to be the biggest community tree-planting and nature care event in Johor. Coordinated by Rotary Club Johor Bahru Sentral and proudly sponsored by Asia Plantation Capital, these are special days for all to help out by planting and caring for native trees and shrubs to improve the environment in which they live in.

EIS is proud that students from our school in both our Primary section and students from our Interact club are teaming up with students from Shafar orphanage to participate in this important community service endeavour.

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Mid-Autumn Festival 2015

In the final week of September Excelsior International School in Johor celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Students enjoyed a 'week-long Chinese riddles' competition, presentations by their peers on various aspects of the festival, student-produced videos and a Mooncake tasting session.

This full week of activities, information sharing and fun challenges based in, and coming from, the Mandarin lessons, ensured that all students were able to become aware of, and celebrate this annual Chinese event.

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Curriculum Information Sessions

Excelsior International school staged the first of their Curriculum Information Sessions for the academic year on Saturday 5th September 2015. At 9.30am, the Head of Primary and Early Years, Mr Tony Blacklock, with assistance from his specialist teachers, gave an overview of the curriculum for Nursery to Grade 5 at Excelsior. Parents and students were then invited to visit the individual homerooms for further presentations specific to each age group. At 11.00am the Head of Secondary and High School, Mr Ian Stanley gave a presentation regarding the curriculum and the study strands all the way through Grades 6 to 12. After a short genera question-and-answer session, students and parents then had the opportunity to meet with individual subject teachers.

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The I-Quiz

Excelsior International School hosted 48 teams for the Johor State round of the Rotary International Interactors I-Quiz on Saturday 22nd August 2015. This is a general knowledge and 'knowledge of Malaysia' quiz for students aged from 12 to 18 Years and leads onto national and international finals. A crowd of over 300 participants and supporters enjoyed a wonderful morning of friendly competition.

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Academic Year 2015-16 [...]

On 15th August students and parents packed the auditorium at the Excelsior International for an Orientation/Information session prior to the school beginning on Monday 17th August.

Following a welcome/welcome back from School Principal, Mr Julian Leah, the Chairman of Excelsior, Mr Ng Boon Yew, presented a review of the previous year and outlined the developments put in place and the plans for the forthcoming academic year.

Following the welcome back to returning teachers and the introduction of the new teachers, students and parents were then able to visit the homerooms and classrooms to find out more from the teachers about the exciting year ahead!

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1st Early Years & Primary School [...]

Excelsior International School was delighted to hold its first Curriculum meeting of the school year 2014/15 for Primary and Early Years parents. This was an opportunity for parents to learn more about the different curricula taught at Excelsior, and to discuss with the homeroom teachers the learning activities planned for the children for the coming academic year. Parents were also able to find out more about how they can best support their children's learning at home.

The meeting was extremely well attended and we thank all those parents who participated.

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