Grade 1

5 Steps Academy aims to make learning enjoyable and meaningful to students by adopting an integrated curriculum which develops the child as a learner.

We recognize that children come to us as unique individuals with different experiences,  abilities, and interests. Our teachers are well-trained to use 5 Steps System to meet students’ varying needs and learning styles.

We provide a balanced education program within a safe, stimulating environment so that each child can learn and grow to their greatest potential through fun and laughter. Our teachers recognize the importance of capturing students’ interests. We promote fun and interesting activities with specific objectives, ensuring knowledge is gained from each activity.

The Elementary Program in 5 Steps Academy is specially designed to cater to students aged 5 to 12. The program is Cambridge based and effectively prepares students to engage in our Secondary School Program.

Elementary Courses provided by 5 Steps Academy:

1. English
2. Mathematics
3. Science
4. Chinese
5. Various CCA activities of your choice (one per day, 5 in total)
6. Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese, Hindi, and Tamil) of your choice.
7. Coding
8. Robotics

All the subjects are included in the package, no extra or hidden fees.

Can my child join the school?

At 5 Steps Academy, there are no entry tests and/or examinations. Proficiency in the English language is also not required, we provide comprehensive and intensive ESL course. Admissions are open year-round, students can start at any time of the year (everyone has his own learning plan, no issues).

How are students assessed?

Each student’s achievements are continually assessed. Teachers use a variety of assessment techniques including testing for knowledge and skills, observations, and portfolios of student’s work. Attitude, learning skills, social relationships, and effort are considered equally important when looking at the overall development of the child.

In 5 Steps Academy, teachers and parents work together closely through face to face conversation and text messages to discuss each student’s social and academic progress.

Grading Exams will be conducted only when the child is ready for the test (no stress). Students who pass the exams will then be promoted to the next grade just in the middle of the year, so advanced students can progress much faster than in traditional schools with big classes and lecturing way of teaching.

At Grade 6, students who passed their Grading Examinations will graduate from Elementary School with a Certificate of Completion and be promoted to Secondary School, Grade 7.

How Can We Help Our Children On Their Way To Success?

We believe in a dynamic partnership between the teachers and the parents.

The parents have their children’s best interests at heart. We ask the parents to encourage and support the kids, supervise their homework an inform us of any issues and concerns along the way.

The teachers are willing to offer their utmost effort and time to bring out the best in the children. Every child under their care is important and there is nothing too time-consuming, attention-demanding, and physically-draining for our teachers.

At Home
Careful observations of parents can serve as inputs in planning learning tasks. For example, the mother can communicate to the teacher certain behaviours that need to be corrected. Strong unusual interests of the child that are observed at home are worth communicating to us. The inclination to music or poetry can be a part of the motivational strategies. Special talents such as sketching and painting can be nurtured by both the home and the school through tailored activities.

At School
Our teachers are more than willing to help you nurture your child to reach his highest potential, on a personal, social and academic level. With the help of parents supervising the child’s homework at home, teachers can more efficiently make use of the limited time in school.

Parent involvement helps students greatly and raises their academic achievement. Children become more motivated to learn, improve their behaviour, and develop a more positive attitude towards homework and school.

Course Outline

Compulsory Subjects

  • Outline for English 
    1. Reading
    – apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode
    words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent
    – read accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far, especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes
    – read accurately words of two or more syllables that contain the same graphemes as above

    2. Comprehension
    – develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding
    – discussing the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related
    – becoming increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales

  • Outline for Mathematics

    1. Number – number and place value
    – count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000
    – find 1000 more or less than a given number
    – count backwards through zero to include negative numbers
    – recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones)
    – order and compare numbers beyond 1000
    – identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
    – round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000
    – solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers
    – read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value.

    2. Number – addition and subtraction
    – add and subtract numbers mentally, including:
    (a) a three-digit number and ones
    (b) a three-digit number and tens
    (c) a three-digit number and hundreds
    – add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction
    – estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers
    – solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction

  • Outline for Chinese
    1. Reading
    – apply pinyin knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent
    – read accurately by using tones

    2. Comprehension
    – develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding
    – discussing the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related

Optional Subject

  • Foreign Languages
  • Co-Curricular Activities

Scope of Study

5 Steps Grade 1 Syllabus

Delivery Mode

Face to face lessons

Commencement Date/Intakes


Course Fees

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12 months 
*Maximum allowed period for a student to complete the course is 24 months

Opportunities for Further Education/Career Pathway

This course provides excellent preparations for learners who wish to progress further and finally join the 5 Steps Academy High School. Upon successful completion of High School courses students will be eligible to sit for Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level (AS/A Level), or SAT and AP tests. 

Age: at least 5 years old

Academic Level: not applicable. 

Assessment Methods

Quarterly Tests and Year-End Examinations for all subjects, except Co-Curricula Activities.

Assessment Grading Criteria

Internal: Quarterly Tests, Year-End Examinations and Quarterly Assignments are marked according to 5 Steps Academy’s standard grading criteria

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Not more than 1 week after the final assessment.

Qualification Award

Certificate of Completion for Grade 1

Graduation Requirements

Pass the year-end examinations of the respective year to proceed to the following academic year

Note 1:International Student must achieve at least 90% attendance rate (ICA Requirement).
Note 2:International Student must not be absent for more than 7 consecutive days without valid reason (ICA Requirement).
Note 3:Students who do not require ICA’s student’s pass must achieve at least 80% attendance rate. Our school only accept medical certificates as proof for absenteeism. Any other documents should only be accepted on a case-by-case basis with full justification and be acceptable by ICA.