Primary School

Primary School

The Green Hills Primary way is based on value-driven learning where our inclusive environment builds confident learners who contribute positively to society. We achieve this with a warm smile, creative learning, and prioritising the well-being of our learners. We are committed to guiding our learners to persevere, to have the courage to make mistakes and to recognise setbacks as learning opportunities. Our skilled and experienced educators encourage our learners to be curious about the world and to use their creative energies both in the classroom and beyond. We have high expectations for all of our learners, which is based on a fundamental belief that all children can improve and achieve. By having a growth mindset, our learners seek out challenges and become champions of their own learning.    Our classroom environments offer stimulating learning experiences where our learners build on the core learning powers of resilience, resourcefulness and reflectiveness. In our holistic program, children learn how to learn and self-regulate to become lifelong learners. Our dedicated and experienced educators use a variety of assessments to give learners the scaffolding they need at the right time, in the right way; personalising the learning.  The Cambridge International Curriculum is the framework we use to establish learning objectives and expectations. We believe in developing a deep understanding of the key concepts that engage and challenge. Our school is renowned for its language provision and we are proud of the multilingualism of our learners who have opportunities to master Kinyarwanda, English and French. Our 50/50 French/English program is a highlight of our offering as a school, with a program designed for our learners to master subjects in both core languages.

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Core Curriculum Areas

The Cambridge Primary curriculum framework provides a solid foundation upon which the later stages of education can be built.

English

The Cambridge Primary English Curriculum Framework promotes an enquiry-based approach to learning to develop learners’ confidence, creativity and intellectual engagement. It is designed for learners who have English as a first language and can be used in any cultural context.

Divided into six stages, the curriculum framework covers knowledge, skills and understanding in the three strands, Reading, Writing, Speaking and listening. It also provides a solid foundation from which learners can work towards study at Cambridge Lower Secondary.

Maths

The Cambridge Primary Mathematics curriculum is presented in five content areas: Number, Geometry, Measure, Handling data and, to underpin them, Problem solving. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

Science

The Cambridge Primary Science curriculum is presented in four content areas: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Scientific enquiry. Scientific enquiry is about research processes while Biology, Chemistry and Physics are about sparking confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated.

Global Perspectives

Cambridge Global Perspectives is a unique, transformational programme that helps students at every stage of school education develop outstanding transferable skills, including critical thinking, research and collaboration. This innovative and stimulating skills-based programme places academic study in a practical, real-world context linking English skills with other subjects.

ActiveLearn - a digital learning space for students and teachers

ActiveLearn Digital Service is the technology used in all classrooms that engages students and facilitates exciting and interesting lessons which hooks the attention of the student. Effectively teachers are able to create customised lessons and homework to meet the Cambridge curriculum objectives. In Primary we use:
  • Abacus for teaching and learning of maths
  • Bug club for reading and comprehension
  • Science bug for science topics
  • Wordsmith for reading and writing of different genre​
  • Grammar and Spelling Bug for grammar and spelling requirements
  • Power English (Writing) helping writers become familiar with the writing process.

Additional curriculum areas

Other curriculum areas include French as an additional language, Music, Art and PE, and swimming, Health, Kinyarwanda, Traditional Dance, and ICT from Grade 2.

Students in the 50/50 program spend half of the day in French and half of the day in English. During their French class time, they do French Language, Arts, Math and Social Studies (History and Geography). The standards for these areas are based on the French National Curriculum.