We aim to provide each child with an enjoyable, rich and informative education which helps to develop the ‘whole child’; in the hope that they will be prepared for much of what their future holds for them. In fact our motto is ‘Preparing Children for the better Future.
This stage covers the Foundation from grade 1 to grade 4 and offers a carefully integrated program of learning. The progress of each child is closely monitored across the six key areas which make up this stage: Personal, social and emotional development; Communication, language and literacy; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Physical development & Creative development; Mathematical development.
During these formative years, particular emphasis is put on personal, social and emotional development. As the children move through grade 1 and grade 5 they build on their understanding of the world around them. All the key curriculum areas are covered during the year, and assemblies provide an opportunity for the children to build a sense of community.
KEY STAGE 1
This stage covers grades 1 & 2 and consists of the three core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science and the foundation subjects of social studies, Art and Physical Education.
Children in Key Stage 1 are taught through a ‘topic approach’. During these first two years of Junior School life, students are encouraged to learn both practically and academically and all work is monitored to ensure that students are making the desired progress. We encourage the children to take pride in their achievements and adopt an independent and self-reliant approach to school and particular attention is given to the social and emotional development of all children.
KEY STAGE 2
This stage covers grades 3 – 4 and is made up of the same core and foundation subjects found in Key Stage 1.
Much of the work in these year groups is ‘cross curricular’, which means that one theme is covered by several subjects. Topics are structured to allow children the freedom to explore new subjects in a stimulating way, encouraging a natural enthusiasm for more independent learning. In grade 3 the reading and spelling homework, experienced the previous year, is supplemented with written work, which increases in grade 4.
Our teaching program is based on the best of the international Curriculum with due amendments made in recognition of our international setting. All lessons, with the exception of Urdu Language, are taught in English. Children are encouraged to speak English at all opportunities throughout the school day. In preparing our students for the future we wish to nurture, inspire and challenge children to become:
- Successful learners – who enjoying learning, make progress and achieve.
- Confident individuals – who are able to lead safe, healthy and fruitful lives.
- Positive citizens – who are able to contribute to a better society.
Children are taught primarily by their Class Teacher from grade 1-3 and Literacy and Numeracy form a major focus throughout the primary years. While the international Curriculum assigns specific skills to subject areas, thematic links are made between disciplines to ensure learning takes place in context. We continually work to provide a practical and ‘hands-on’ enquiry-led learning adventure for children. In delivering the Curriculum we aim to equip students with the necessary skills to become:
- Independent and reflective learners
- Team players
- Effective communicators
- Creative thinkers
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The school organises a large range of activities during school. These activities are run on premises by staff and offer something for all tastes. The exact programme of extracurricular activities varies from term to term depending on numbers. However the following extracurricular activities are enjoyed by our students.
- English speeches
- Urdu speeches
- Art competition
- Quran recitation competition
- Field trips
- Sports day
- Spelling bee contest
- Club & Societies
The wings organize these activities so that each student can get a chance to participate in one event or the other and show his/her sporting abilities and sportsman spirit.
SUPPORTING CHILD AT HOME
In grade 1 to grade 4 we place great importance on reading and ask for your help spending a little time every day sharing and talking about your child’s book with them. As children progress through the school, daily reading remains imperative; however the amount of additional formal homework also increases. These tasks are a valuable way of both consolidating and extending work completed at school and offer opportunities for parents to become actively involved with their child’s learning. Taking a positive interest in your child’s work will help them to feel value in what they are learning.
Helping your child to organize their time so that homework is not left to the last minute, making sure there are suitable quiet working conditions, and checking work are all useful ways of supporting your child. Teachers will spend time explaining homework tasks to children. The children will record what they need to do and when it should be completed by in their homework diaries. The nature and amount of work children receive varies according to age.
Other ways to Support your Child’s Learning at Home :
While set homework establishes necessary working routines, learning at home can also be promoted by a more ‘hands-on’ approach. Learning is most effective when people are interested and motivated. Here are some ideas that will produce tangible results that could be shown afterwards in class:
When you go on holiday, collect postcards, photos, tickets, maps etc. to make a scrapbook or make a page for a travel brochure to advertise your holiday destination showing what interesting things there are to do there.
- Write a newspaper report about something you did at the weekend.
- Make a leaflet to promote the importance of, for example, eating healthy food, taking exercise or brushing your teeth.
- Cook something. Take photographs and write this up as recipe.
- Write some instructions for how to play a favorite game or how to make something.
- Make a quiz or board game about something you learnt about in Science or Topic.
- Visit a museum or gallery. Make a leaflet advertising it.
- Interview someone about a hobby or their job. Record this to play to the class at school.
- Write a short essay about some place you visited.
- Visit an Art and Craft shop and choose something to make.
- Look at food packages in the kitchen and find out where they come from. Find these countries on a map.
- Make a ‘Museum of Me’ in a shoe box collecting personal objects and pictures to show your life.
- Go on a nature walk. Make a collection of things you find, take photographs, and make rubbings of tree trunks and stones.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
Home and school—everyone shares the goal of helping children learn and feel successful. Research has proven that when parents and teachers work together, everyone benefits: Students tend to earn higher grades, perform better on tests, attend school more regularly, have better behaviour, and show more positive attitudes toward themselves and toward school. School programmes that include strong parent involvement are more effective.
PISES establishes an effective home-school partnership for both teachers and parents to create a trusting, equitable relationship. Parents can talk frequently with school personnel about their child’s grades or misbehavior. PISES provides an opportunity to develop a cooperative partnership with teachers. Parents are always welcome to make an appointment to see a Teacher, Coordinator and the Principal. Two formal parent teacher meetings are held in a year to facilitate communication.
COMMENDATIONS & REWARDS
Children can earn points for good work and behavior and these are recorded on charts displayed in classrooms. When children gain 10 points they receive a commendation. Certificates and prizes are awarded when children reach the milestones of 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 commendations.
Star of the Week
A ‘Star of the Week’ will be chosen by each Class Teacher for specific academic or social achievement warranting special mention.
SPECIAL THEME OF WEEK
THINGS TO BRING TO SCHOOL
School Book Bag – For keeping reading, library and homework exercise books in.
Pencil Case – Grade 1- 3 are encouraged to bring a pencil case to school – from grades 4 onwards children are expected to have one. It needs to contain a handwriting pen, pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener, small ruler, green pen and coloured pencils.
Water Bottles – Children may bring a water bottle into the classroom with them. Other drinks may not be brought into the classroom.
Other Drinks – Children may bring other fruit juices into school to drink during breaks. Because of links to hyperactivity and behaviour, drinks with artificial colours, flavourings and sweeteners should not be brought to school.
Snack – Children may bring a small snack to school to eat during breaks. We appreciate healthy snacks such as fruit or for example a whole meal cheese sandwich. We ask children not to bring sweets and crisps to school.
Discipline Committee works closely with our administration, to respond to unique and ongoing needs for younger children.
Extra clothes – Occasionally, due to a spill or accident, there is an emergency need for clean clothing. Sweat pants and shorts with elastic waistbands are handy for fitting students of all different sizes. Parents may be asked to provide some extra items for their children in case of emergency.
Lost & Found – Throughout the year items are left on the field during breaks. These items are collected in the office, for lost and found, which is dealt by school secretary and discipline committee.. If your child misplaces a personal item, or check in the lost and found before giving up! It is always a good idea to have your child’s name in his/her belongings.