International Primary Curriculum
For students aged 5-11, Saigon Star delivers the International Primary Curriculum. The school adopted this curriculum in 2013 and became the first IPC-accredited school in Vietnam in July 2018.
The learning goals are the foundation on which the International Primary Curriculum is built. The IPC provides children with subject goals, personal learning goals, and uniquely, international learning goals, and these are defined for each age phase:
Subject goals cover the knowledge, skills and understanding of children relating to the subjects they are learning. There are subject learning goals for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, ICT & Computing, Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art and Society.
Personal goals underpin the individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. There are 8 IPC Personal Goals - enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability. Opportunities to experience and practice these are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work.
International Learning Goals
International learning goals are unique to our curriculum and help young children begin the move towards an increasingly sophisticated national, international and intercultural perspective. Each thematic IPC unit includes an international aspect, to help develop a sense of ‘international mindedness’.
Units of Learning
We know that children learn best when they want to learn. That's why IPC has over 130 different thematic units of learning, designed to appeal to children’s interests and help them to learn more about the world around them.
Themes include: Who Am I?, The Magic Toymaker, Buildings, Chocolate, Active Planet, Young Entrepreneurs, Mission to Mars,and What Price Progress.
Themed units help children to see how subjects are both independent and interdependent. This enables them to see the big picture of their learning, make connections across different subjects, and talk about a topic from multiple perspectives.
After School Clubs
We are extremely excited about launching our exciting programme on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 12 pm. Children will enjoy a range of fun activities, each session lasting 45 minutes. They will have the opportunity to try out 4 sessions each Saturday morning.
Mini Master Chef Class, Little Einstein Science Class, Team building Baseball session and our Arty Crafty course are some of the activities we have planned to develop their creative ability.
These sessions will be held every fortnight, with a different set of activities on alternate weeks, including Mini Olympics, Performing Art, Storytelling and well-loved games. These activities will be suitable for children aged 3 upwards.
On the bus
Saigon Star has a fleet of twelve minibuses which are used to collect and drop off children in most areas of the city. Currently, we operate a bus service for families in District 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, Phu Nhuan & Go Vap. Application for the bus service should be made at the time of registration or before the beginning of the school year. However, if space is available, families may apply for this service during the school year. Bus routes are designed to minimise the amount of time the children spend on the bus. Therefore, door to door service is not always possible. Students are supervised by a teacher or teaching assistant at all times and will only be handed over to a pre-designated adult.
Each year we offer a dynamic 4-week Summer Camp programme. This year we will be offering the following exciting themes: Pirates and Sea Travel, Planets and Spaceships,
Exercise and Healthy Living and Caring for Others. Built into each of these 4 week programmes will be theme related art and craft, cookery, sport and team games, drama, storytelling and science experiments. There will also be an hour of academics each day for children to acquire or consolidate their learning of letter or number recognition, reading or calculation abilities and to expand their vocabulary. These sessions will also be taught in a fun and contextualised way
The Summer Camp will run from Monday 6th of July to Friday 31st.