The first years of schooling are extremely important in every child’s development. Children develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially throughout this time. Starting school can be a daunting and difficult experience for any child, and it is therefore crucial that children be able to settle into the school environment as calmly, smoothly and comfortably as possible. For some children it is harder than for others, and it is essential that all children see the environment as being a warm, welcoming and happy place.
At Awfaz Global our small class sizes are able to provide the small group nurture that means that our pupils will not get ‘lost’ as they may have done in other larger schools in the past.
We provide children with a planned, co-coordinated program based on the English Early Years and Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We have a separate campus for the Early Years groups and provide age appropriate resources for each of our cohorts.
The Early Years and Foundation Stage is a programdesigned to develop key learning skills and to allow children to learn to work together with other children. This is achieved by planning activities which enable each child to reach Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage.
One of the most important aims of the Foundation Stage is to prepare the child for Key Stage One. As every child develops at their own pace, the Foundation Stage encourages them to reach their full potential as well as giving them the intellectual, physical, social and emotional skills needed at Key Stage One.
In the first year of the Foundation Stage, in our KG 1 the program focuses on each child’s intellectual and social skills. Encouragement is given for the child to develop at their own pace, and much of the focus is on the individual needs and interests of the child.
In the second year of the Foundation Stage, the KG 2 age group, the programbecomes more structured. Although still focusing on the development of each child’s intellectual and social skills, greater emphasis is placed on language and number work as well as Arabic. Children are introduced to formal Literacy and Numeracy sessions through a whole class approach.. We encourage independence by giving our children time to do things for themselves, while also making them aware of the needs of others.
A more formal structure is found in Key Stage One, with children developing their potential in all areas of the National Curriculum. The Key Stage One Curriculum encourages and stimulates the best possible progress and highest attainment for all children. It builds on their strengths, experiences and interests, developing their own confidence to work not only with other children but also independently. The daily routine consists of subject-orientated work, with strong focus on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. Children undertake structured Literacy and Numeracy sessions throughout the week, encouraging group and independent study. Most subjects are taught by the class teacher through cross-curricular topics, embracing not only the core subjects, but also History, Geography, Physical Education, Art and Design, Information Technology, Music, Drama, PSHE, Citizenship and Religious Education. Arabic and Islamic Studies in line with SEC guidelines are a carefully planned and are an important addition to our core curriculum.
For a child to grow up to flourish in this ever changing and competitive world, the school environment must be one that encourages their natural curiosity and gives them the impetus to learn and therefore you won’t find our children sitting in rows and rows of single desks facing a board. Instead here at Awfaz Global students sit in mixed ability table groupings and have access to a large variety of stimulus materials and learning areas.
Through a mixture of Adult led and child initiated activities in enabling environments children are encouraged to become free thinkers and independent learners.
Questioning and dialogue is encouraged and pupils develop close caring nurturing relationships with their key workers and class teachers.
A strong emphasis is placed on language and number work, and all children are encouraged to develop a love of books through the use of class and school libraries and access to the internet.
Our skills based English curriculum means that students of expatriate parents will be able to easily assimilate into any British curriculum school back in the UK or internationally.
Although Homework is not regularly formally set for our younger EY students, the children are encouraged to bring from home objects of interest, related to the topic, as well as independent art or crafts and written language and number work. In class 1 and 2 pupils will be expected to learn sight words and complete short written tasks or read with parents on a daily basis.
Homework in KS 1 and KS 2 revisits the concepts covered in class in order to reinforce learning. A weekly newsletter is sent home every Sunday by the class teacher that outlines and explains homework and contains any notices for the attention of parents.
At this early age it is important that children develop a love of books, and the school supports this by providing reading books and folders as soon as they are able to sound out basic words and phrases. Children are encouraged to read at home with their parents, as well as by themselves, and in turn they are also heard by their class teacher. Advice is given for each child to develop their reading skills, and specific books are sent home according to their reading level. Reading is further encouraged through the Literacy sessions, through story telling by the class teacher and through the use of the class and school Library.
School Visits & Extra-Curricular Activities
The school provides a range of after schools clubs including soccer, cooking, art, craft, learning support, and Arabic and Quran recital. These activities are offered each term.