The DK Schoolhouse Primary Program is Scandinavian based. It follows the UK National Primary Program and is adapted from the Danish core curriculum from the Danish Ministry for Children, Education and Gender Equality. Our accredited Khmer program is modified from the Cambodian elementary school curriculum, recognized by the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Our primary program nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in the lifelong journey of learning. Our program challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore learning opportunities in real-life context.
In class, students experience a broad range of tasks designed to help them develop and strengthens their knowledge and skills across subject areas. Tasks are varied and tailored to suit the ages and developmental levels of individual students.
English & Arts:
Our curriculum develops students spoken language, reading writing and language skills across all subjects. As English is both a subject in it’s own right, and a medium for teaching, for students; understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Our key focus is on:
Students are taught to speak clearly and covey ideas confidently using standard English. Students learn to justify ideas with reason; ask question to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others. Children are taught to give well- structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through hypothesizing and exploring ideas.
Reading & Writing
We develop students reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Students are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Students going up through the grades develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. This includes narratives, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard and read.
Students acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. We aim to build on students current knowledge base and show them how to make links between known and new vocabulary and discuss the shades of reading in similar words. In this way, students expand the vocabulary choices available to them when they write. It is vital for students’ comprehension that they understand the meaning of words they encounter in their reading across all subjects.
DK Schoolhouse incorporates the Singapore Math system into across all of our grades using textbooks and specialized materials sourced from the US. Singapore Math is an amalgamation of global ideas delivered as a highly effective program of teaching methods and resources. Singapore Math is extremely clear, highly logical and sequential, with a strong emphasis on “mental math”. Students get the right amount of practice without too much repetition. Challenging word problems build thinking skills and student apply math in a variety of day-to-day situations. The approach is now considered so successful that it has been adopted by leading international schools around the world.
Students Learn How To:
- Develop numeracy and mathematical reasoning in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics in their everyday lives.
- Apply arithmetic fluency to problems, understand and use measures and measurements, make estimates and sense-check their work.
- Apply geometric and algebraic understanding, and relate their understand of probability to the notion of risk and uncertainty.
- Become equipped with the knowledge to apply their mathematics skills to both routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of more similar steps.
Science & Humanities
Our curriculum is developed through out thematic units, core skills implemented across the sciences, humanities and social studies, drawing from a wide range of cultures. In addition we place a strong emphasis on students understanding and learning about Khmer culture, customs and traditions. Our students learn about local food, appropriate greetings, and Cambodian geography.
We are also excited to introduce a new and cutting edge subject for our 1st – 3rd grade students: Robotics! It combines basic training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as S.T.E.M. Students work with a variety of blocks, motors, remote controls, main boards, LED and CDS sensors. Through guided building projects they will learn the foundation principals of assembly process, construction, programming and coding. All of these skills are essential to understanding and creative Robots, which is the technology trend of the future.