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Curriculum: Middle School 

Throughout the Middle School, the ethos is to create a stimulating educational environment, lively and colorful, in which children feel secure and happy, are motivated to do their best work and enthusiastic about the range of subjects taught in a challenging manner.

We believe that all children require a broad and differentiated curriculum to develop their full potential both academically and socially. In the Middle School Department (Year 3 to Year 6) the teaching programme is based upon the National Curriculum of England and the Middle School Department has reviewed and continues to update the curriculum in line with the New Primary Strategy (June 2006) and has introduced such innovations considered appropriate for the development of Literacy and Numeracy skills.

Emphasis is placed on the Core subjects, Literacy, especially Speaking and Listening, Reading with support for children who have English as a Second Language, Numeracy and Science. ICT is taught by specialist teachers, through all subjects.

In Literacy and Numeracy children are set by ability in Year groups 5 and 6 to provide a curriculum which caters for their individual needs and gives access to the curriculum according to each child’s level of ability, which is constantly monitored.

We encourage home links and liaise with parents on a regular basis. In the Middle School Department we wish parents to take an active role in their child’s education and work ‘as partners’ in the education of their child. Information concerning the curriculum, i.e. topics and themes covered each term in Science and Humanities, is issued to parents at the beginning of each term.

Testing and assessment –

Children are tested in all subjects in December (Mid-Year tests) and May (End-of-Year tests). Parents receive reports each term and have an opportunity to meet all teachers on Open Day, which is held once per term. Children are assessed continually throughout the year by their class teacher and support teachers as appropriate. This may take the form of formative, diagnostic or summative assessment procedures in order to assess and monitor children’s progress and to set learning targets.

Children are taught History, Geography, K.S.S. and Art. Specialist teachers teach Arabic for Arabs and non-Arabs, Islamic Studies for Muslims, I.C.T., P.E., French for Years groups 4,5 and 6 and Music.

Students are regularly taken on educational visits to enhance their learning and lessons. The school day consists of 8 lessons, each 40 minutes long, with two 15-minute breaks, one at 9.30 a.m., and
the other at 11.45 a.m.

Written homework covering all subjects is given each day for all children in Years groups 3 to 6.
Specialist help is available for children who have educational difficulties and for children who need English as an Additional Language support.

The school also encourages children to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities covering sport, games, athletics, swimming and academic subjects. During the school year children participate in International Day, Book Week, School Winter Fayre, concerts, school productions and weekly assemblies.