Primary One–The daily schedule

When I taught the younger grades, we had a schedule, but it was fairly flexible.  I was the only teacher for my class of 20 or so students and while they had to be at P.E./Art/Music and Recess at a certain time each day, the rest of the day was mine to organize or re-arrange as needed.

This isn’t true for Elanor.  She has a different teacher for each subject, so her schedule is fixed.

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In case the pictures is hard to read, here’s a brief summar

E needs to be at school each day at 7:15am.  At 7:30 the school assembles for the flag raising, singing the national anthem and saying the pledge.  Classes start at 7:45 am and her day is broken into half hour periods.

Classes run from 7:45am-1:45pm on Mon and Fri, and 7:45-1:15 pm on Tues, Wed, and Thurs.

In a week, Elanor will have

  • 7.5 hours of English
  • 7 hours of Mandarin (There is language instruction and character/citizenship education, both taught completely in Mandarin)  Outside of school, Ellie also takes 3-4 hours of private Mandarin Tutoring per week, so she gets closer to 11 hours of Mandarin a week.
  • 4 hours of Math
  • 2 hours of P.E. (gym)
  • 2 hours of PAL (Program for Active Learning–more on that below)–Right now, E’s class is studying visual arts (this week they did dot painting.
  • 1 hour of Art
  • 1 hour of Music
  • 30 min of Assembly
  • 30 min of Social Studies
  • 30 min of Form Teacher Guidance Period (I’m not entirely clear what they do during this period)


PAL was introduced to strengthen the emphasis on non-academic programmes for Primary 1 and 2 pupils. This is in line with a key desired outcome of PERI recommendations to balance the acquisition of knowledge with the development of skills and values. This is to prepare our children for a more dynamic future. Conducted within curriculum time, PAL modules provide pupils with broad exposure in two areas — Sports and Outdoor Education, and Performing and Visual Arts. It aims to facilitate the well-rounded development of pupils in the five learning domains (cognitive, moral, social, aesthetics and physical) and help pupils to develop social emotional competencies. (source)

Each week Elanor has a Mandarin spelling test and an English spelling test as well.  I’ll do another post sharing more about spelling.

Thus far, we aren’t seeing much in the way of homework–a few pages of things that weren’t finished in class, and studying for the two different spelling tests per week.

What would you like to know about Elanor’s schedule/classes (keeping in mind that I’m still learning, too).

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