Building on the Early Years

Grade-1-bFern Hill’s enriched curriculum for Grades 1 through 6 lays down a solid foundation of academic and social skills, with an emphasis on developing good study habits and personal organization. In these grades, we teach the step-by-step skills students will need to tackle new learning concepts with curiosity and confidence.

Each child is given work that is geared to challenge them at an appropriate level of ability and interest. A range of opportunities in sports, clubs, and trips are introduced as students become emotionally and intellectually ready. Fern Hill’s experienced teachers continue to monitor and nurture each child’s personal growth throughout these years.


Grades 1 & 2

In Grades 1 and 2, we teach and strengthen the core skills of reading, writing and mathematics through interesting and challenging programs and materials. Spelling, cursive writing, mental math and multiplication tables are just a few of the building blocks that set students up for success in future grades.


French and Mandarin are introduced through fun, interactive and oral programs that incorporate performance and music. Learning in these ways boosts a student’s confidence in speaking a new language in class and at school assemblies.

Culture and Computer classes supplement Fern Hill’s literacy programme and encourage a child’s natural curiosity, developed through exploration and research. Creativity is encouraged and channeled through Art, Music and Drama, while our Physical Education program builds skills and strategies through a range of sports. Outdoor Field Studies enhance the curriculum, a one-of-a-kind educational program at Fern Hill that introduces children to aspects of the natural world, encouraging a lifelong connection with nature.

Since our goal is to educate the whole child, even our youngest students participate in extra-curricular activities, house league teams and community-based activities that develop physical abilities and community-minded values.

Introduced in Grade 1

  • Upper school uniform – Blazers and Ties
  • Lockers
  • Full rotary curriculum

Introduced in Grade 2

  • Cursive writing
  • Music theory
  • Weekly spelling tests

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.

Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Find out more about Grade 3 and 4