Curriculum and Support Programs
The National Curriculum of England and Wales is offered and is well supported with up to date resources which are imported from the UK.
The National Curriculum of Qatar based on the standards stipulated by the Supreme Education Council is offered for Arabic, Islamic Studies and more recently, Qatar History.
As part of offering the best to our students we have chosen an excellent scheme of work in English called ‘Macmillan English’. Being the first International English course book to be informed by English lessons taught in native speaker classrooms, this book is designed for second language learners of English but uses many of the approaches to reading; writing and speaking that underpin the teaching of English to first language children.
The course does not assume first language English at the early levels, but goes through language structures and grammar at an introductory level. The exposure to the language though is more extensive than in traditional second language courses.
As the children move onto upper levels, they experience more first language teaching methods covering the same aspects of English, as do first language learners. However, the needs of the second language students are always taken into account.
Macmillan English grows with the children offering a wide range of integrated components and providing a complete language learning tool. It is wonderfully presented in a way that is thoroughly enjoyed by the children.
For Handwriting we use the Nelson Handwriting Scheme. This is a handwriting programme that is structured and helps students develop a fluent and legible handwriting style. It gives full coverage of the technical aspects of writing as well as enjoyable activities that bring handwriting skills to life. For Spelling we use Nelson Spelling Scheme. This complete spelling course provides a structured, step-by-step approach for success.
A new Math’s scheme and corresponding resources have been adopted in the school for the academic year 2015-2016. This is the Macmillan International Math’s Scheme. Macmillan mathematics is a course for 5-12 year olds, taught through English that does not assume English as a first language. Therefore, Macmillan Mathematics bridges the gap between mainstream curriculum teaching and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) or English-medium teaching with a course that can be used with confidence by all teachers.
The course has been written by experts in the field of primary education and is based on thorough research.
Macmillan Mathematics is mapped to the Cambridge Primary English Curriculum Framework (English as a second language) and Cambridge Young Learners Exams.
A new Science scheme and corresponding resources have been adopted in the school for the academic year 2015-2016. This is the Macmillan International Science Scheme. We selected this scheme as we wanted to have a uniform scheme in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and the Macmillan textbooks we have adopted are specifically designed for English as a Second Language learners. Macmillan Science follows current best practice in science education and is written by leading authors of primary science resources in the UK. Through stimulating content and carefully graded activities and exercises, pupils are guided to develop a sound framework of scientific knowledge and understanding. Macmillan Science bridges the gap between mainstream curriculum teaching and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) or English-medium teaching with a course that can be used with confidence by all teachers.
This year we introduced the Arabic book which is suggested and endorsed by the S.E.C. It is a comprehensive scheme which includes all facets of an excellent language program. The book is colourful and stimulating for the students as it is very relevant to the native Arabic speaking students. The level of Arabic in our school has improved considerably since its implementation.
The S.E.C. endorsed books for Islamic Studies are the main resource used and are supplemented by a number of books available in our well-resourced library. Teachers and students are also encouraged to research and collect relevant information from other sources in the community, on the internet, etc.
Quran recitation is practiced in dedicated classes twice a week in order to ensure that all students reach the required level according to the S.E.C. standards.
This is a new lesson in our school and we currently draw information from books (S.E.C.) and from the internet which we use to compile booklets according to the S.E.C. Standards for this subject. The new resources compiled by the S.E.C. will be purchased and implemented as soon as they become available in the new Academic Year.
Our PSHE program, which is based on Islam, builds on children’s existing knowledge, tackling the reality of children’s lives by using a positive approach. It teaches social and moral responsibility, encouraging community involvement, as well as promoting both self-respect and mutual respect according to Islam. It contains opportunities for children to participate in class, to contribute to school life and to put their learning into practice. The main resource we use is Global Citizens, a very relevant and interesting book which has wonderful pictures and references which ensure that students become engrossed in the lessons.
The scheme of work we use for ICT is structured by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Through teaching ICT we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyze, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. Our aim is to integrate new technologies into the classroom and allow students to explore them which can provide young people with a road map to the future. We firmly believe that it is vital that ICT is embedded in the main curriculum and not seen as a separate subject. ICT skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.
All students are required to take part in this lesson once a week to promote health and well-being. Various activities are presented in each lesson to cater for students of various abilities and fitness levels and to promote team spirit and healthy competition.
This lesson is used to encourage creativity and expression of each student’s individuality. It is a fun lesson which is generally enjoyed by all. We often participate in competitions presented by outside organisations to promote awareness of various initiatives.