Our Curriculum

We aim to make our curriculum as interesting, exciting and relevant for the children as possible.  Since children learn in different ways the school will adopt a wide variety of teaching and learning styles and organisational strategies to suit the purpose of different activities.

Our aim is to build on the nursery experience and further encourage the children to become:

  • keen and willing learners
  • fluent readers with a love of books
  • expressive, accurate writers and able to communicate for a variety of different purposes
  • clear and correct speakers of English
  • mathematicians with the basic skills, knowledge and strategies to solve problems
  • curious scientists full of wonder about the world
  • confident users of computers
  • lovers of music
  • participants in physical activity, stretched to their individual limits with opportunities to compete against others
  • innovative and creative designers and artists, able to handle a wide range of materials
  • responsible citizens with an awareness of other people, places and beliefs, now and in the past

To achieve our aim, the curriculum is taught using a thematic approach where subject areas are interlinked so that the learning makes more sense for the children.  Themes may last for just a few weeks or may be for a half-term or even a term.  Many themes will start with a ‘Wow Activity’ that aims to engage the children in what they are going to be learning.  ‘Wow Activities’ may take the form of an interesting artefact (historically based), a scenario, a visitor in school, a trip out, or another context related activity.  Each theme also has an end product that brings all of the learning together – this could be an exhibition of children’s work, a dress up day, or something else. Parents may be invited into school for the children to share their learning.

As far as possible, teachers will link each area of the curriculum to the main theme for learning but where this is not possible, these aspects will be taught as discrete subjects either weekly or in a block (for example as a theme day or even week). Mathematics and English are usually taught as separate subjects, although there may still be links with the theme.

As a school we believe that the key skills of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT are very important: we endeavour to incorporate these into all aspects of the curriculum. The children are encouraged to use and apply their skills, take pride in their work and always do their best.

Planning and Organisation

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum for England. The learning in each year group is carefully planned to build on existing knowledge and to further develop learning. A variety of contexts, stimulating topics and themes ensure interest and purpose for the learning.

Children may be taught as a whole class, in groups, pairs or as individuals. Although the students are explicitly taught Computing as a specific subject, Information Communication Technology (ICT) is an integral part of the learning and used when appropriate, with Interactive Whiteboards, computers and iPads available for daily use.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage curriculum builds on the knowledge gained through nurseries and seeks to consolidate the skills developed. Learning experiences are planned for six areas.  There are 3 prime areas:  Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development. In addition, children will have opportunities to experience Expressive Art and Design, Mathematics, Literacy and Understanding the World. Learning opportunities are planned through play-based activities with an emphasis placed on building confidence and self-esteem. At the end of the Foundation Stage, the children are formally assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, and this provides a basis for their future learning.

Key Stage 1

The students will continue to experience active learning with opportunities to develop their basic skills of English and Mathematics.  There is still an emphasis on play and developing social and emotional skills for children in Year 1. The core subjects of Arabic, Islamic Studies (where applicable), Science and Computing may be taught either discretely or through an integrated activity so that the children continue to build their knowledge and understanding of the world around them and recognise how areas of study link together. In addition, the creative curriculum links learning across the foundation subjects of Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and PE.  Children in both year groups will learn more about themselves and others through Personal, Social and Health Education.

Key Stage 2

The National Curriculum for children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 is used by staff to create a range of rich learning experiences.  This is further enhanced through residential visits for children in each year group.  The subjects taught are the same as those in KS1 with the addition of French.

Moral  Education

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Assessments and Recording Progress

Ongoing assessments and observations are recorded by each class teacher and the Teaching Assistants. These are then used to make formal assessments as well as providing the basis for the mid-year and end of year written reports for each child. The ongoing daily/weekly assessments are used to plan the learning for the children, thereby ensuring that the varying learning needs are successfully catered for. At the end of Year 1 all children will have a formal phonics test which is assessed against National Curriculum expectations for their age. In Years 5 and 6 each student will take CATs tests and Progress tests in English, Maths and Science.  The results of the children in Year 5 are sent electronically to the KHDA as a part of their evidence base for monitoring standards in schools.  In Year 6, the students will also be formally assessed at the end of the year using the National Curriculum Tests for England.

Reporting to Parents

Parents are invited to meet their child’s teacher to discuss their progress and learning needs each term. Written reports are issued three times a year:  one for each term. Parents are welcome to arrange a meeting with the class teacher or the specialist teacher, such as the Arabic/Islamic Studies teacher (where relevant) to discuss any issues.

Provision for Physical Education (PE)

We view physical education like every other part of the curriculum, as a means to enable every child to reach his/her potential. In addition to a structured programme of PE lessons, following National Curriculum guidelines, our students have opportunities to experience swimming lessons in our excellent swimming pool (for two of the three school terms).