Life Skills focuses on everyday skills for pupils with special needs: independent living skills such as basic self-care, social competencies, work behaviours, and social emotional learning. These skills are essential to learn because they provide the basis for independent living, and facilitate the transition from school to life in the “real world”.
Lower-primary pupils learn English through STELLAR (Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading). Pupils learn through various activities including a shared reading of “big books” and the scaffolding of writing activities. To equip pupils with the foundational skills for reading, all lower-primary pupils are also taught phonics through the Reading Mastery programme. Upper-primary pupils are taught English through the thematic approach. Component skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, are taught through themes meaningful to the pupils. The Reading Mastery programme is continued for pupils who require the training. Also, pupils with potential are provided with enrichment training in areas of speech and drama.
Chaoyang School introduced Science as a subject for the upper primary pupils since 2012. The syllabus seeks to enable pupils to make sense of their world and to pique their curiosity. Inquiry-Based Learning is adopted as a key teaching pedagogy in order to create a learning environment that will excite and encourage pupils to find out more about the world. The themes in the science syllabus include diversity, cycles, systems, interactions and energy.
Aesthetics is embedded into the school curriculum to improve self-expression, concentration and motor skills, and to channel the pupils’ energy in a positive direction. It also helps to lay the foundation for the acquisition of literacy, numeracy and life skills in a lively and non-threatening way. Aesthetics is an important part of any child’s education as the skills learnt and experiences gained while taking part in visual arts, drama, dance and music classes help to improve their abilities in different areas of their life. Different music, drama and visual arts genres also help to expose pupils to cultures across the world and encourage them to be more accepting of differences.
The overarching goal of the Numeracy curriculum is to ensure that all pupils in Chaoyang School achieve a good foundation in numeracy, and to better prepare our pupils for the future working environment by developing job-related skills. The Numeracy curriculum comprises 4 main components: counting and computation, budgeting, scheduling, and measurement. Pupils are also taught to perform tasks on data analysis and problem-solving skills.