Curriculum

Primary

The Primary section of the school is made up of Foundation stage and Key stages 1 and 2. On entry to the school, we always seek to place children in an age relevant year group.

YearAge on 1st SeptemberStage
Foundation 1 3 Foundation stage
Foundation 2 4
Year 1 5 Key Stage 1
Year 2 6
Year 3 7 Key Stage 2
Year 4 8
Year 5 9
Year 6 10

Foundation

The Foundation Stage comprises of the Foundation 1 (children aged 3-4, and Foundation 2, (children aged 4-5).

The curriculum at this level guides the learning and teaching process and helps us to establish an optimum learning environment. We believe that to engage, achieve and make positive contributions students must be healthy, secure and safe. We value all of these needs and understand their contribution to the development of happy students in an enjoyable, encouraging and stimulating atmosphere.

The learning environment combines high standards with a broad and rich curriculum. The Early Learning Goals are standards in themselves and we strive to achieve them through a variety of play-based and structured activities striking a fine balance between both teacher- led and student-initiated play. Play underpins all development and learning for young children. Most children play spontaneously and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. The Key Learning Areas are integrated into children’s daily programme through a variety of experiences and activities.

To support these areas, other aspects of learning are scheduled into the day. Students visit the library once a week and the computer laboratory for ICT (Information and Communication Technology) related activities weekly. Sessions each for Games, PE and Swimming are also scheduled to assist with children’s physical development. Children also visit the music room every week to learn songs and play instruments.

Primary Curriculum

Our curriculum consists of the English National Curriculum complimented by a strong pastoral programme further supported by a wide range of extracurricular activities. Our curriculum is challenging, creative and constantly reviewed for relevance, breadth and effect. We understand that children learn best by doing, exploring and being appropriately challenged, whilst feeling safe, valued and part of a lively community.

The broad curriculum we offer includes: art, design, languages, science, humanities and personal, social and health education. We have an emphasis on knowledge, skills and cultural understanding. Whilst we give a strict prominence to our core subjects of English and Mathematics, we also use a ‘Creative Curriculum’ approach to the other subjects. A Creative Curriculum involves creative teaching of lessons, a wide variety of learning approaches and a creative output of ideas from the children.

Although firmly rooted in the English National Curriculum, we enthusiastically embrace the culture and customs of Saudi Arabia. Arabic culture and language is planned into every topic unit of work and language lessons are taught to all Arabic speakers from neighbouring countries. We make regular excursions to different sites around Riyadh and also all year groups visit our nearby desert campsite.

BISR prides itself on being an innovative school. This can be seen in the high standards of its computer provision and the iPads that are used across Year’s 4, 5 and 6. IPads in the classrooms and suites of computers ensure that children quickly develop higher order IT skills to support their ready computer literacy.

Through our curriculum we nurture the whole child from gripping the pencil, tying shoelaces, to contrasting localities, developing artistic understanding, throwing further, running faster and getting stronger. We seek to guide and inspire children ‘to REACH’ to become resilient, lifelong learners, collaborators, effective teamwork contributors and further, leaders of the future.

Students work within vibrant classrooms organised around corridors that house the year group. This enables activities to be organised within classes but also across year groups. This often means that the curriculum is organised under the umbrella of the House activities.

In the Primary, the children are grouped within the class for different purposes either in ability groups or mixed ability groups depending on the objectives of each particular lesson. This ensures that learning opportunities are optimised to meet a variety of students’ needs.

Primary students at BISR are encouraged to become active learners, able to take responsibility for their lives, and to become leaders in their own way. Enrolling your children at BISR is not only to prepare them for secondary school and university, but to prepare them for life, as we develop their dispositions and aptitudes for a rapidly changing world.

Staff

Our teachers are fully qualified to British standards, receive ongoing training and are encouraged to model learning themselves. Recent initiatives to enhance our work have included Assessment for Learning, Attitudes to Learning, our Student Leadership Programme and the development of our Virtual Learning Environment.

One of the features of BISR is the professionalism and availability of staff. Primary teachers meet parents informally after school every day of the year and most pastoral and academic issues are dealt with promptly this way.

The Teachers are supported by a wide variety of support staff. We have teams of teaching assistants in every year, learning support assistants and specialist staff such as the librarians and IT support team. All work towards the same goal of educating the children at BISR.

Summary

The Primary School provides a vibrant curriculum, supported by highly qualified staff members all working to the mission of providing a superb foundation for secondary and further learning but even more so, shaping your child for their future lives of success.