Key Stage 1 (Lower Primary- Grade 1 & Grade 2)
Lower Primary is comprised of grades 1 and 2, and they follow the English National Curriculum while merging it with the Cambridge scheme of work. Our schemes consist of for core subjects, English, Math’s, Science and Humanities, and seven non-core subjects; Art, Computing, Music, Physical Education, Pastoral, Arabic and French.
Teachers in Grade 1 and 2 follow a well-planned and integrated cross-curricular scheme which promotes the pupil’s awareness of different objectives related to all subjects. In lower Primary stage, History, Geography and cross-curricular topics which foster knowledge and understanding of the world, are all brought alive through practical hands-on experience and regular field trips. Music, Art and Computing objectives are taught within the integrated schemes of work of all other subjects. The main core of teaching revolves around activities, experiments and learning by doing. Critical thinking is one of our teachers’ main focus during all lessons. Pupils are always given the opportunity to speak their thoughts and minds while challenged by questions that encourage their intrinsic motivation towards learning.
Key assessments are marked up to the date where continuous formal and summative assessments take place, which are criterion-based – linked to what a child can or cannot yet do in a particular subject at a given time, according to evidence in written work, observed practical work and assessments. Differentiation is a key part of teaching and learning. This means that teachers plan to meet the needs of various learners, of differing abilities and levels of motivation. At times, that will mean different groups of students will be doing different work, according to their abilities. Often it takes the form of additional, more challenging work, given to pupils after they have finished their main task in class. Teachers reserve the right to decide the optimal seating arrangement in different lessons. Learning and teaching is holistic and aimed at the “whole child”. Some lessons and activities may be centred around speaking and thinking/reasoning tasks (such as a class debate session, for example), or have a different creative outcome, such as a role play, organised and planned in groups, or posters designed and produced in pairs, to illustrate a particular learning objective or topic. Traditional exercises and worksheets are also used, but not at the exclusion of other, creative teaching methods.
KS1 Lower Primary Pastoral Programme and Community Service:
In line with our well-structured and strictly applied behaviour policy, pastoral lessons and assemblies are part of our weekly and monthly plans. These lessons are implemented throughout the whole day and are based on ethical and moral standards that aim at nurturing self-esteem, confidence, tolerance, positive social interaction and caring for the environment. Community service is also practiced every term through big projects inside and outside school. We have an annual project called “Plant for a Cause” where students plant vegetables and fruits, and when reaped, they sell the crops and money collected is given out to charity. All students participate in different visits to orphanages and elderly homecare as well as fund raising.
This system is a traditional feature of schools in the English-speaking world, particularly in Commonwealth countries, originating in England. The school is divided into subunits called 'Houses' and each student/ class is allocated to one House. We have 4 Houses in Kipling represented by:
House 1: Earth: Colour Green
House 2: Water: Colour Blue
House 3: Fire: Colour Red
House 4: Air: Colour White
This system creates competition, promotes good work and behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the school together.