The school provides education based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, though because this school is in Saudi Arabia, some aspects of this curriculum are not so easy to cover – an example is Religious Education.
The statutory subjects currently offered are:
Swimming (during warmer weather)
Art and Design
Computing (Our ICT system is currently awaiting an upgrade)
Design and Technology
Languages KS2 only
We also make provision for Personal, Health, Social and Economic Education (PHSEE).
The teaching of these subjects is carried out using a variety of pedagogic styles with a wide range of activities and lesson organisation appropriate to the subject and ability of the child. Teaching methods can be pupil-centred, practical, and theoretical; it can be to an individual, a group or to the whole class. One would see the whole range during an average day in the classroom.
Classroom activities are regularly monitored to continue to develop high quality teaching and learning through good practice, assessment and planning. Children in Years 2 and 6 will sit the new National Primary Curriculum Tests in 2016 and children in years 3, 4, and 5 will be assessed by their teachers. These tests, aligned to other occasional standardised tests for reading, mathematics and cognitive ability will, alongside continuous assessment, enable the school to monitor a child’s progress from year to year.
Some children will go to Boarding School when they leave us, and for those children in Year 6, extra coaching in English, maths and verbal reasoning can be arranged.
If your child has been following an Australian Curriculum, it is important to understand that there are differences in approach and organisation when compared to the U.K. Our Year groupings do not coincide with those used in Australia and our school calendar year runs from September to August as opposed to January to December.
Further information on the UK Curriculum is available from the Qualification and Curriculum Authority.