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Many international schools in the Asia region have waiting lists and it is not always possible to get your child into a school. If you decide you prefer home-learning while you wait for the place, ITS will support you with classes either at our Hong Kong schools or online. This will give you the confidence that your child is getting the proper academic support and will be ready to slot into class as and when the place does become available.

Key Stage 1 - Years 1 & 2 
Years 1 and 2 are known collectively as Key Stage 1 in accordance with the British National Curriculum. At ITS Tutorial School the curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that it is relevant to the backgrounds and experiences of international students and to the fact that this is a non-traditional learning environment with a short-term outlook to deal with the issue of waiting for a mainstream school place to become available. Highly trained teachers are committed to providing a learning experience that is enriching, engaging and stimulating. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students in each Year group. Work is suitably differentiated to ensure that it is appropriately delivered to students of all abilities.

Aspects of the curriculum are explained to parents during an initial consultation. Further details may be found in the ITS Curriculum Guide for Key Stage 1 and 2. We extend an invitation for any parent interested in enrolling their children at ITS Tutorial School to visit us.

Contact Anne Murphy by email: [email protected] or telephone +852 2116 3916.


During Key Stage 1 students learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently with enthusiasm and interest. Students learn to speak clearly, thinking about the needs of their listeners. We encourage drama and role-play, especially as preparation for writing, inspiring children to become confident, creative and informative writers. 

During Key Stage 1 students start to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly. Children are encouraged to have a correct pencil grip, letter formation and appropriate layout. Our programme follows the Primary Literacy Framework.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Our EAL teachers support children in becoming proficient English language users in order to develop socially, and achieve academic success across all areas of the curriculum.

All children for whom English is not their mother tongue are required to take a language assessment before admission to ITS Tutorial School. A decision is then made as to whether they have sufficient English skills to enter Years 1 & 2 and if so as to whether additional EAL support is required.

Our approach is based on content integrated language teaching, as we believe that children make the fastest progress when language is learned in context and immersed in a language-rich environment alongside their English-speaking peers. Direct support is provided mostly through in-class support but also where appropriate in small groups and one-to-one instruction. Additionally, indirect support is provided through liaison with the class teachers, especially in adapting materials to suit the needs of the EAL children.

The progress of the children is continually monitored and assessed. Once the children reach a level of English proficiency whereby they no longer need extra EAL support they then exit our programme.

We have daily mathematics lessons, including regular mental maths activities. Lessons cover the key areas, number, shape space and measure, data handling and using and applying mathematical knowledge. Students are taught through a range of activities, which include hands-on experiences and investigative application.

In Year 1 we introduce addition and subtraction as well as the fundamental principles of multiplication and division.

In Year 2 children develop all four concepts and are encouraged to carry out calculations independently.

Students learn to have an awareness and quick recall of number bonds to 10, 20 and in turn 100. They are encouraged to develop an awareness of relationships between different concepts. Our programme follows the Primary Numeracy Framework.

All our children are encouraged to question how the world works and why things happen. They are not really aware that they are studying science but nevertheless they will develop early scientific skills, knowledge and understanding through projects and research. The children will be taught to discuss their findings, explain what has happened and make comparisons.

Throughout Key Stage 1, much use is made of history stories, DVDs, non-fiction books, photographs and Information Technology. Our students learn about people's lives and lifestyles. The children listen and respond to stories and use sources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They learn how the past is different from the present and develop the historical skills of enquiry and interpretation. During Key Stage 1 pupils also investigate their local area and a contrasting area in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong or around the world, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They also begin to learn about the global world.

We help children to express themselves through art. We teach basic skills and encourage them to recognise different techniques, challenging them to explore a variety of media. We focus on observational drawing as well as working with paints, pastels, fabric, and collage. We look at the use of colour, shade and texture. 

Contact Anne Murphy by email: [email protected] or telephone +852 2116 3916.

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