Elementary School Curriculum

Nurturing Inquiring Minds

At CTIS we use the curriculum accredited by an international educational organization as a springboard for developing engaging and rigorous learning experiences. Our programmes take a whole student approach, focusing on nurturing social and emotional skills as well as academic learning. We encourage both personal development and academic achievement, challenging students to think critically, to ask the right questions and think across disciplines.

Consistent with our school Philosophy, Mission and Vision, curriculum at CTIS is holistic. It includes Academic Programs, Enrichment Programs, Reading and Field Trip.

English Language Arts

The English language arts CTIS curriculum is delivered primarily through a reading and writing workshop model with mini-lessons, independent work, sustained silent reading, and sharing of student created products.  Students will give a presentation on a book they read or write a short story or poem or create a product as evidence of their learning.

The program aims to develop proficient readers and writers who are deep thinkers. The workshop model allows students to progress at their own pace whilst being held to high standards. Students read books at their independent and instructional reading levels. Teachers cover learning concepts through inquiry-led structured mini-lessons and by reading with small groups.

To support students further learning in literacy and the four main skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, students will be introduced to more complex texts based on individual student progression with regard to reading levels and text comprehension.


For math, CTIS uses A Story of Units (ASOU) as the curriculum as well as teachers supplementing student learning with other resources to meet the needs of their students.

We focus on critical thinking and an overall deeper learning of math. Students gain a complete body of math knowledge, not just a discrete set of skills. They use the same models and problem-solving methods from grade to grade, so math concepts stay with them, year after year as connections to real world applications of math problems occur.

Japanese Studying

CTIS provides Japanese language education based on the Japanese Ministry of Education’s Courses of Study. We use the same textbooks that are actually used in public elementary schools, so children who attend our school can acquire the same level of Japanese language skills as children who study in Japanese elementary schools.

In addition to reading, writing, listening, and speaking, it is important for students to acquire the ability to think logically in an international society. In order to properly form this thinking, emotional education, Japanese traditions, and manners are also incorporated into the Japanese language classes to form comprehensive Japanese language skills.


The science classes of CTIS utilizes observation, analysis and reflection with science education employing a methodology of inquiry-based learning aiming to strengthen the interest and ability of students to observe natural phenomena around them. The main aim is to cultivate a sense of “wholeness” in regard to the human’s place in nature.

Students have science once a week with a science teacher. The Science curriculum aims to support students in:


CTIS aims to create a culture of readers. Students go to the CTIS library once a week on a regularly scheduled day to hear a story and to check out and return books with eBooks available anytime. The library is also open during recesses for students who prefer a quiet alternative to outdoor play.  Our goal is not only to teach students knowledge from the books but also foster a lifelong passion for reading.

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