An Overview of Elementary
As the continuum to the Early Childhood stage, the Elementary school continues to foster creativity, imagination and a love of learning. Children enjoy an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on inquiry and discovery. Our experienced and knowledgeable faculty understand that deep engagement in learning is critical to a child’s success. In accordance to our commitment to language acquisition, children start from Grade 1 to choose between one of the foreign languages: French or German. Students begin the formal study of reading, writing, math and discovery-based science, exploring a problem to both seek a solution and understand the principles it demonstrates.
By the end of Elementary school, students would have fostered the academic skills and attitudes towards learning that are necessary for the next stage of their learning journey. Our students learn to ask questions, conduct research, solve problems and collaborate. Students’ natural curiosity at this age provides them with the academic and social skills to make them effective learners in a global world.
Creative and research based instructional techniques are implemented to enhance life-long learning through technology, varied instructional strategies, and hands-on activities. All aspects of the school’s organization, curricular, and co-curricular activities are child-centered and designed to accommodate individual learning styles so that all may experience success.
The school is very keen that its students:
- Retain their sense of identity, traditions and cultural aspects
- Enhance students’ leadership, social, cultural and athletic skills
- Acquire a wide range of skills for the world of work, for continuing education, for home and family
- Have respect for the environment
- Achieve their academic potential
- Enable students to critique literary works
- Nurture students’ ability to appreciate the diversity of others
- Develop students’ ability to respond to verbal or written communication
- Foster students’ potentials to excel in their diverse interest areas
Research has shown that balanced literacy is the most effective approach for developing strong and independent readers, writers and communicators. Accordingly, emphasis is made on students’ reading and writing skills.
The reading incorporates three concurrent processes: guided reading, small group instruction and independent reading. The lesson will begin with teaching a specific skill or strategy, which is then put into practice using differentiation to make accommodation for the different levels in the classroom. The objective is to help students become avid readers. Writing lessons, similar to reading, include three phases: drafting, revising, and editing. Phonics, spelling, handwriting and vocabulary are also incorporated into the curriculum.
Students explore numbers through hands-on activities and graphic and numeric illustrations. Students learn problem-solving skills and practice using mathematical language to explain their reasoning. Math instruction focuses on the basic principles of mathematics, logical thinking and problem solving.
In Social Studies students master concrete concepts about different cultures and countries around the world. Using a variety of tools, students experience hands-on activities and project-based learning to acquire in-depth knowledge about the world and their place within that world.
Students at the early elementary stage start implementing the scientific method to learn different concepts in science. Science lab lessons are part of their weekly schedules, where students explore, conduct experiments, or make their own inventions. Science units are mostly interdisciplinary.
In addition to the above core subjects, elementary students study Art, Music, P.E., Foreign Language, Arabic Studies, and ICT.