School Life

The Key Stage 2 (KS2) area of the school is made up of classes from Year 3 to Year 6, with students ranging from 8 to 11 years old. We have two classes per year level. The maximum class size for this year level is 24 students.

Children learn through a stimulating, inquiry-based curriculum. Literacy and mathematical skills are developed within a supportive, enjoyable framework and other curriculum areas are embedded in the programme.

Classes are spacious and air-conditioned, with a variety of outdoor spaces for children to work and play.

Students in KS2 play in the large Primary playground during break times. Our playground is shaded by trees and has climbing equipment, swings, slides and nets. There are various other grass spaces and levelled terraces for children to play too.

Timetable:

Children in KS2 start school at 8.20am. The first part of the day is set aside for organisational skills. Children are encouraged to be responsible for their own belongings, such as school bags, water bottles and books. The morning break is at 10.20am and lunch is from 12.30am until 1.10pm. The school day for KS2 students finishes at 3.15pm, except on Fridays when the Year 3 and 4 classes are dismissed at 2.20pm.

Most learning for KS2 students happens in their home-base classroom; however, we have specialist teachers for PE, Swimming, Music and Indonesian. The class teacher provides families with a class weekly timetable.

Ratios

Every class has a fully-qualified expatriate teacher who takes responsibility for the class. As with the younger classes, we have competent, fully-qualified Indonesian teaching assistants in each class. These assistants work with students, supporting and challenging where needed, as well as helping the teachers with resources and planning units.

Responsibility

As our older children in the Primary section of the school, we give our KS2 students more responsibility in the school. Each class chooses two representatives for the Student Council, House Captains are voted in, and several Gotong Royong (Service Learning) initiatives are facilitated by Year 6 students.

Academic

Our curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum and the Indonesian National Curriculum. We use an inquiry-based learning model as our framework for teaching and learning. Students learn by exploring the world around them and making connections. They are provided with learning experiences and encouraged to ask questions about what they are doing.

Most learning for our KS2 students happens with the classroom teachers but Music, Indonesian, PE and Swimming are taught by qualified specialist teachers.

As well as the core subjects of Literacy and Mathematics, other curriculum subjects are incorporated into the programme through Units of Inquiry.

Other curriculum subjects are:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and design
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Indonesian Language
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Indonesian Studies

Units of Inquiry

During the year, the KS2 students engage with four Units of Inquiry, one from each of the following organising themes. Each year, they revisit the themes, focusing on a different aspect and building on previously acquired understanding of concepts.

Organising Themes for Learning:

Learning to Understand Ourselves.

These Units of Inquiry help students develop understandings about their identity, their development and the ways in which they can care for their emotional, physical and mental wellbeing as they grow. These inquiries explore the ways in which each person can work towards their potential, develop resilience, build healthy relationships and make wise choices for their own safety and health. Inquiries also promote an understanding of creative expression and ways in which people manage and communicate their emotions.

Learning to Understand and Live with Others.

These Units of Inquiry develop students’ understanding of different ways communities (both local and global) are organised and the complexity of people’s lives around the world. Students build their understanding of citizenship and increase their skills for active, responsible participation in societies. In addition, these inquiries provide a context for exploring the ways in which people and places change over time, and the importance of learning about the past to understanding the present and plan for the future. These units promote learning about the connection people have with their culture and significance of our cultural lives. Central to these inquiries are the values of social justice, inclusion and respect for all.

Learning to Understand and Live with the Natural Environment.

These Units of Inquiry help students understand more about the interactions between people and the environment and how the earth’s systems work to support life. Importantly, these units promote inquiries that help children understand more about how the natural, biological world works, as well as the everyday practices and behaviours that will lead to a more sustainable future. The role of science in helping us understand and care for the environment is critical to these units, as is the place of design and innovation in solving and preventing problems that limit sustainability. These units promote curiosity in and a fascination for the diversity within the natural environments and a respect for the resources critical to our survival.

Learning to Understand and Live with the Physical World.

These Units of Inquiry help students develop understandings about the scientific principles and practices that can explain the way the world works. By exploring the physical world, design and the built environment, students will be engaged in developing both processes and concepts critical to science and technologies. As students work through scientific problem-solving, experiment and gather data, they become aware of the powerful role that scientific inquiry and scientific thinking have in our lives. These units focus on the role of science and technology in relation to people’s needs, wants and values and the impact of scientific inquiry and discovery throughout history.

Assessment and Reporting

Assessment is an ongoing process involving giving feedback to students. Teachers are aware of each student’s ability and progress; they are continually appraising them as they teach and interact with each student. As well as this, formative assessment is carried out informally by staff in the course of their teaching.

Assessment is used to inform future planning, to ascertain the levels at which students are working and to report to students, parents and teachers. It is based upon the maintenance of accurate and appropriate records of what individual students have demonstrated and achieved.

As well as the on-going assessments, Year 5 students take part in International Schools’ Assessments (ISA) which has been devised by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER). These assessments in Mathematics and Literacy give us a snapshot of each students’ abilities in these areas, as well as a comparison for CCS in relation to other international schools around the world.

Reporting to parents and guardians is done through parent, student and teacher conferences in the first term, student-led conferences in the third term and written reports at the end of Term 2 and Term 4.

Year 6 Showcase

As a culmination of their learning in the Primary school, Year 6 students demonstrate their learning in the form of a Showcase. In groups, students inquire into various topics, research and organise their findings and then develop a presentation where they share their findings. Parents and other members of the community are invited to the Showcase which takes place at the end of the academic year.

After School Activities

As part of our commitment to promoting a balanced life-style, we offer a variety of after school activities. Please click on the link below to see what is being currently offered. [more information]

As well as the school after school activities, the Canggu Club offer a variety of sporting activities for students.

Enrollment for Key Stage 2

If you would like to make enquiries about enrolling your child in KS2, please contact our Admissions team: admissions@ccsbali.com.

Special Events

KS2 students have many special events to enjoy during the year.

In December, students take part in a production. This production incorporates many aspects of the curriculum, including performing arts, music, language, visual art and humanities. Each child gets their glory on the stage and it is a highlight of the school year.

In Term 3, we celebrate the unique festival of Nyepi with each class making an Ogohogoh for our school parade.

During the year we also celebrate other cultural festivals, such as Chinese New Year and Idul Fitri.

Throughout the year, we have Primary school assemblies on a Friday afternoon with each KS2 class or year group having a turn to host the event at some point during the year. Assemblies are generally connected with an aspect of classroom learning. The class teacher guides the students to take responsibility and organise the assembly themselves. Parents are welcome at all assemblies, whether their child is involved or not.

Sports Day, the Swimming Gala and the School Cross-Country Race are events for our students to compete in various activities where they can learn about doing exercise for enjoyment and learn about competition in a positive environment.