The Primary Section at YCIS Shanghai provides a high quality and global-minded education for students in Years 1 through 6.

Designed according to the learning criteria of Key Stage 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum for England, the programme cultivates a positive learning attitude in every student and fosters enquiring, critical and creative thinking.  Incorporating both Western and Eastern cultures, students experience a truly multicultural learning environment where linguistic skills in both English and Chinese are honed. Students also develop a deep understanding of and respect for diversity at YCIS Shanghai.

The fully rounded education at YCIS Shanghai ensures that every student has the chance to fully develop their individual potential. The programme puts strong emphasis on arts and music with compulsory violin lessons for students in K4 to Year 3. Students are also encouraged to take part in sports and other activities to explore their different interests.

The chart below shows the different Key Stages of learning:

Age Stage Year
5-6 Key Stage 1 Year 1
6-7 Year 2
7-8 Key Stage 2 Year 3
8-9 Year 4
9-10 Year 5
10-11 Year 6


Subjects taught across all Key Stages are:

  • English Language
  • Chinese Language and Chinese Culture
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music and Violin
  • Physical Education
  • Personal,  Social and Health Education