Grade 4

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

    Develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by:
    – using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
    – increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
    – identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
    – drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
    – predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
    – identifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these
    – identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning

    2. Spelling
    – learning the possessive apostrophe (singular)
    – distinguishing between homophones and near ­homophones
    – add suffixes to spell longer words, including -ment, -ness, -ful, -less, -ly


  • Outline for Mathematics

    1. Ratio and proportion
    – solve problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts
    – solve problems involving the calculation of percentages and the use of percentages for comparison
    – solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found
    – solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples.

    2. Algebra
    – use simple formulae
    – generate and describe linear number sequences
    – express missing number problems algebraically
    –  find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns
    – enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables.

    3. Measurement
    – solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate
    – use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to three decimal places
    – convert between miles and kilometres
    – recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa
    – recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes
    – calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles
    – calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cubic centimetres (cm3) and cubic metres (m3), and extending to other units 


  • Outline for Science
    1. Animals

    (a) Types of Animals
    – identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
    – identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores 
    – describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets)
    – notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
    – find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)

    (b) Living things and their habitats
    – explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
    – identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kids of animals and plants and how they depend on each other 
    – identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats
    – describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food

  • Outline for Chinese

    1. Reading
    Develop positive attitudes
    to reading and understanding of what they read by:
    – using dictionaries to check the meaning of words
    that they have read

    – increasing their familiarity with a wide range
    of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of
    these orally
    – drawing inferences such as inferring characters’
    feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences
    with evidence
    – predicting what might happen from details stated
    and implied
    – identifying main ideas drawn from more than one
    paragraph and summarising these
    – identifying how language, structure, and
    presentation contribute to meaning

    2. Spelling
    – learning more radical and components to assist
    in recognition of words
    – learning and recognising how components are out
    together to form characters.

Optional Subject

  • Foreign Languages
  • Co-Curricular Activities

Scope of Study

5 Steps Grade 4 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 8 years old

Academic Level: Grade 3 or Equivalent.

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 4

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.