All students in Elementary School at YIS go to weekly Specials. These include the following:


The elementary music program focuses on singing, performing, improvising, composing, listening, evaluating, history, reading and notating music.  In class students learn a wide repertoire of music through singing, playing instruments, dancing, listening and performing.  Every level of the course builds upon knowledge learned the years before and deepens its study.  The course is designed to keep the joy of creating, making, and experiencing music at the center by involving children in developmentally appropriate and holistic learning experiences.

Information Technology (IT)

The overall goal of the Elementary IT program is to teach students to become computer literate and use technology as a tool to support and enhance learning. The technology program focuses on the identification and use of the basic components of the computer.  Students learn to use a variety of software applications, as well as the proper care and handling of the equipment. Keyboarding (typing) is a key skill that is introduced in Kindergarten, then developed and practiced throughout all elementary grade levels. Students become proficient using  Microsoft Office and utilize various forms of  digital media to communicate their knowledge and ideas. Internet skills taught include: safety, research, citations and web etiquette. The use of  Wiki Spaces and Google Drive are introduced in the upper elementary for communication and collaborative projects.

Myanmar Studies

The goal of the Myanmar Studies program is for students to learn how to communicate effectively and to develop an understanding of the Myanmar Culture and heritage. An emphasis is placed on reading, writing, listening and speaking for a variety of purposes and situations.

Myanmar Studies curriculum includes reading, writing, listening and speaking. Literacy instruction follows a developmental continuum. up to grade 5. It is based on research that identifies the critical foundations for literacy learning. Students will learn the alphabet, idioms, sound symbol relationships and will focus on the emergent communications skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students work at their appropriate levels of learning.

The goals are to recognize all 33 alphabet letters and 22 vowels, how to spell the vocabulary, reading and writing the sentences, understanding the vowel and Alphabet poems, knowledge of Myanmar traditions ,health knowledge and ability to read fluently the passage, sentences and meanings.

Myanmar Traditional Music and Dance

The purpose of the Myanmar music and dance program is to embrace the basic concepts of Myanmar culture, traditions, and customs and to celebrate the essence and beauty of Myanmar. Traditions include singing, dancing and playing instruments. The basic theories of music will be introduced, including “see & warr” or clappers and bells, the timing instruments essential to Myanmar music and song. It is hoped that through the understanding of these traditions the students will contribute to the global understanding of Myanmar culture.

Grades KG-5 focus on learning about “see & warr,” traditional songs, with pantomime actions, such as “Htan Ta Ya,” as well as traditional dances. Starting in grade two students will learn to play “see & warr.” 

Instruments: Myanmar harp, bamboo xylophone, see, and warr


Elementary Physical Education program focuses on movement forms, motor skills, health and fitness, and social/personal responsibility. Students will develop their motor skills and improve personal fitness levels through a variety of activities such as children’s games, traditional sports, non-traditional sports, and water games. Students will understand the benefits of being active and learn how to participate in physical activities safely in different settings. They will learn about healthy habits for mental, emotional, and physical health. Students will learn how to cooperate with others by being responsible during team sports and group games.


Art explands children’s appreciation and creativity in all academic areas across the curriculum. The YIS elementary art program provides students with the foundation for developing appropriate knowledge of the elements and principles of art. These concepts are introduced, reinforced, and combined to create artwork that is grade appropriate. Students explore and experiment with art materials and are encouraged to cultivate individual expression through each lesson, activity, and project, which will build upon the previous one to reflect the spiraling curriculum in pre-school through grade five. 


The YIS Library houses over 8,000 titles available to YIS students, families, and staff. The library offers an extensive collection of fiction, non-fiction, reference books, eBooks, DVDs, and more. Students, families and staff can also access on-line resources that are appropriate for elementary age students on this website.

The Yangon International School Libraries exists to provide both the atmosphere and a diversity of high quality materials that will foster in each child a lifelong love of learning. The library curriculum promotes inquiry through information literacy instruction that enhances and reinforces classroom content. In order to accomplish this, the librarian will:

  • Encourage and foster a love of reading
  • Continue to update and expand print, non-print, on-line resources, and technology
  • Introduce and integrate emerging technological advancements into the curriculum
  • Teach 21st Century Literacy Skills using  a developmentally appropriate inquiry-based model
  • Collaborate with staff members to design a library curriculum and purchase resources that support the learning of native English speakers and ELL students
  • Maintain a welcoming and productive atmosphere in the Library

Students and parents may visit the library before and after school.

  • Depending upon the grade level, students may borrow up to five books at a time for two weeks:
    • Preschool through 1st grade: 1 book
    • 2nd through 5th grade: 5 books
    • Secondary school: 5 books


English language servies are designed to provide instruction using various research-based ELL methods. The ELL curriculum develops the skill and understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in English through the study of English phonics, vocabulary, grammar, and pronounciation to enable the students to communicate effectively and to be successful in content area instruction and school environment.

Character Education

At the 123 Campus for grades Preschool-PreK, the character education curriculum is designed around the following topics: Emotions, Friendship, Sharing, Respect and Problem Solving. The curriculum focuses on giving students the tools they need to form healthy and functional relationships at school and home.

At the 123 Campus for grades KG-1, the character education curriculum is designed to give students a general overview and understanding of the following character traits: Responsibility, Antibullying, Citizenship, Respect, Trustworthiness, Caring and Fairness. Students learn how to apply these traits to their home and school life.