Primary School Curriculum

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Medium of Instruction

English is the medium of instruction for all subjects. Islamic Education and social studies is taught in Arabic for Arab students. The school delivers the British curriculum by following the Cambridge Primary curriculum. Children are encouraged to become independent, capable and competent learners through strong transition programmes.

A global learner in a local context

Cambridge Primary encourages learners to understand their own culture, community and identity within the wider world. We want to celebrate local culture while helping learners to discuss global issues. Activities in our schemes of work are internationally focused but they can be applied in all local contexts so that learners can develop a broad outlook.

A robust foundation with excellent progression

At BIS we offer a strong foundation for students at the beginning of their schooling before progressing through the Cambridge Pathway in an age-appropriate way. We need to make sure that even the youngest students are learning the right things at the right time. We provide curriculum frameworks with progression grids to show teachers what comes before and after. Teachers can focus on teaching, knowing that the sequencing of learning aligns from stage to stage. Students will be familiar with content and skills from the previous stage and well prepared for the next.

A broad curriculum for a balanced education

With a choice of 10 subjects, a wide range of support and optional assessments, you will find plenty to help you deliver core subjects as well as develop creativity, expression and wellbeing. A range of subjects makes sure that teaching and learning appeal to many different students and prepares them for future learning by introducing them to new topics. Teachers can enjoy a stimulating and varied curriculum, which challenges and inspires students to be lifelong learners.

Ongoing assessment ensures that each student’s progress and development is continuous and meets predetermined standards. We encourage students to think independently, take initiative and participate in a meaningful and active manner in their learning process.

Subjects and progression

Compulsory subjects include English, Mathematics, Science, ICT and MOE subjects Arabic, Islamic Education and Social studies. We also provide children the creative subjects to supplement learning through Art and Physical Education. French and Urdu are offered from Grade 2 as an additional language for all students. Students may opt for either of the two. E- safety, Digital Citizenship and Moral education are integrated in all subjects and are taught separately as well to enable our students to meet the needs of technology in the future.

English

What will students learn?

Learners develop English skills they can apply to a range of different purposes and audiences in everyday situations and in study. They will communicate confidently and effectively, and develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Together, the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills acquired through Cambridge Primary English support learners’ overall intellectual, creative and social development. They will: • become confident communicators, able to apply their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills effectively • see themselves as readers, engaging with a range of texts for information and for pleasure, including texts from different times and cultures

Mathematics

What will students learn?

Learners will develop mathematical skills in Number, Geometry and measure, and Statistics and probability. They will recognise the interconnections of mathematical concepts as they: • engage in creative mathematical thinking to generate elegant solutions • improve numerical fluency and knowledge of key mathematical concepts to make sense of numbers, patterns, shapes, measurements and data • develop mathematical skills, strategies and a way of thinking that will help them to describe the world around them and play an active role in modern society • communicate solutions and ideas logically in spoken and written language using appropriate mathematical symbols, diagrams and representations • understand that technology provides a powerful way of communicating Mathematics, one which is particularly important in an increasingly technological and digital world.

Science

What will students learn?

This curriculum covers six strands that work together so that you can teach Science holistically: • Biology – living things and how they interact. • Chemistry – properties and changes of materials and substances. • Physics – the interactions of matter and energy. • Earth and space – planet Earth, the wider Solar System and beyond. • Thinking and Working

Scientifically – develops understanding and skills of scientific models and representations, scientific enquiry and practical work. • Science in context – helps teachers demonstrate the relevance of Science to learners and is unique to our Science curriculum.

ICT

What will students learn?

Students will learn how to: • extract key information from a set of instructions, break down problems into smaller parts and recognise patterns within sequences of instructions • present sequences of instructions verbally and visually • think logically to identify and solve errors in complex computing scenarios • see themselves as computer scientists and understand how skills such as programming and logical thinking help in local and global industries • understand the role that computers, other machines and data play in their lives.

ART

What will students learn?

Cambridge Primary Art & Design students will: • learn to see themselves as artists and become increasingly reflective and independent • develop the skills needed to express creative ideas and communicate visually • understand their place and the place of others in a creative and innovative world • make increasingly informed decisions about the art and
design they encounter.

School Terms

The school year is divided into three terms:

• First Term – September to December

• Second Term – January to March

• Third Term – April to June

Assessment

As per our assessment policy, we aim to raise standards of achievement throughout the school and to ensure consistency in assessing achievement and identifying achievable targets for each.

Physical Education

What the students learn?

Cambridge Primary Physical Education learners will: • participate as individuals and group members in respectful and responsible ways, engaging appropriately and safely • improve knowledge and understanding of how Physical Education can contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle • develop transferable skills promoting physical, cognitive and social development • become independent and reflective movers and thinkers • develop their confidence, moving with increasing control, fluency and variety. Students develop the collaborative and leadership skills that will help with many aspects of their future learning and development.

By the end of Grade 4, we expect our students to have experienced a well-rounded education and developed a strong character, articulate expression, confidence and be well-prepared for transition into Grade 5.

School Terms

The school year is divided into three terms:

• First Term – September to December

• Second Term – January to March

• Third Term – April to June

Assessment

As per our assessment policy, we aim to raise standards of achievement throughout the school and to ensure consistency in assessing achievement and identifying achievable targets for each.

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