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The Infant Department consists of four year groups, each of which have their own curriculum as detailed below:


Kindergarten



Reception



Year 1


Year 2

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kindergarten Curriculum

Language and Literacy

Speaking and Listening
A big emphasis is placed on developing speaking and listening skills. These are developed through story telling, play, conversation, learning songs and rhymes, following simple instructions, drama and using a listening centre. It is important that children have experience speaking English outside of school in order to develop their fluency and understanding.

Pre-Reading
Throughout the year the children are developing an awareness and appreciation of books in preparation to being introduced to reading.

At the end of the first term we begin to introduce the children to the initial phonic sounds in the alphabet (not the letter names). They learn to identify, match and relate each sound to a variety of objects. The sounds are linked to songs, actions and pictures to make the learning enjoyable and stimulating for the children.

By the end of the year the child should be able to recognise and read their name and identify familiar words used frequently in the classroom.

Pre-Writing
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Over the year children are given activities to develop their pencil control and spatial awareness.
- Simple pencil control exercises include left to right direction activities, colouring between lines and tracing over shapes.
- Fine motor skills are also developed by using paints, modelling materials and cutting with scissors.
- Use of a variety of media for free drawing and self expression as well as experiencing more directed activities.

Mathematics
Children are introduced to the concepts of mathematics initially through play and later on in the year through more directed teaching activities.

By the end of the year children should have acquired the following skills and understanding:

Number
- Matching objects
- One to one correspondence
- Sorting items by colour or shape
- Making sets of objects
- Counting up to 10 items
- Recognition of numbers to 10
- Understanding the words: More than, less than and the same as

Shape and pattern
- Recognise and make a simple repeating pattern
- Recognise and identify: circle, square, rectangle and triangle

Measurement
- Understand some language of measurement: heavy/light, empty/full, tall/short, big/small.
- Understand and use the language of time at a basic level: day/night, early/late, yesterday/today/tomorrow.

Science
In KG the children are introduced to science through a series of topics, with a strong emphasis on practical ‘hands on’ activities. There is a cross-curricular approach to topic work involving science, art, craft activities, play, language and general knowledge.

An example of the topics for the Kindergarten year are:

- Colours and shapes
- Weather
- Water
- Myself and my family
- Transport
- The five senses
- Animals

- In addition to class based lessons the Kindergarten children also experience some specialist lessons:

- Music lessons twice a week with a music specialist. They are introduced to musical language and rhythm through song and playing percussion instruments.

- One lesson of P.E. (Physical Education) each week, in indoor facilities, taken by a P.E. specialist. The lessons focus on developing children’s physical control, awareness of space and the ability to handle a range of equipment effectively.

- Library visits once a week where the children are taught how to look after, appreciate and enjoy books.

Social Development
During these formative years the children learn a lot of social skills that help them to function effectively within the school environment.

These include:

- Practical independence
- Looking after and using equipment appropriately
- Learning to share and take turns when playing
- Developing an awareness of respect for other cultures and people
- Taking care of personal belongings
- Being polite and respectful to both adults and other children
- Personal hygiene and safety

Arabic
There is one Arabic lesson a week that is taught by a specialist Arabic teacher. The children are encouraged to talk in Arabic in this lesson and are taught the basics of pre- reading and pre-writing skills.

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Reception Curriculum

Language and Literacy

Speaking and Listening
A big emphasis is placed on developing speaking and listening skills. The children use these skills to support their reading, comprehension, writing and general language development. It is important that children have experience speaking English outside of school in order to develop their fluency.

Reading
After the first few weeks children take home graded books with a reading record book for you to sign. This enables them to develop and practice their reading skills.

Individual words will be sent home after they have been practised in school. We expect parents to spend about 15 minutes a night reading with their child and going through their words with them.

Gradually the reading books will get more demanding to ensure that your child is progressing to the best of their ability.

Phonics
We develop phonics as one of the main reading strategies:

- Your child will learn the phonic sounds of the alphabet and the letter names.
- They will be taught to use the sounds to build simple three letter words.
- By the end of the year some children will be able to identify more complex letter combinations.

Writing
The children are initially encouraged to try and record their ideas with simple sentences using their phonic knowledge to spell simple words. Throughout the year the children will be taught to write using the correct letter formation to prepare them for more extensive writing in Year 1.

Mathematics
In the first term the majority of the work is practical with more recording in the second part of the year. In Reception the children begin to use the New Heinemann mathematics scheme which is followed throughout the Primary school. During the year the Reception children will be taught:

Number
- Sorting and matching
- One to one correspondence
- Making and identifying sets
- Number concepts of 0 -10
- Recognition and writing numbers to 10
- Ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, …..)
- Oral counting up to, and beyond, 20
- More than, less than, the same as
- Addition and subtraction to 10

Shape and pattern
- Recognize and identify: circle, square, rectangle, and triangle
- Observe and name the common 3D shapes
- Recognize patterns and be able to sequence
- Positional language (in front, behind, under, over…..)

Measurement
- Make comparison using length, height, size, weight and capacity
- Understand and use the language of measurement
- Understand and use the language of time at a basic level, day, night, early, late, yesterday, today, tomorrow, days of the week and months of the year.
- Reading o’clock on an analogue clock.

Science
Reception children learn science through a series of topics, with a strong emphasis on practical, ‘hands on’ activities. There is a cross-curricular approach to topic work involving science, art, language and general knowledge.

An example of the topics for the Reception Year are:

- nursery rhymes
- my body
- health
- food and taste
- clothes
- homes
- people who help us

The Infant Department follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales. In addition to class based lessons the Reception children also experience some specialist lessons:

- Music lessons twice a week with a music specialist. They are given a basic understanding of musical language and rhythm through song and playing percussion instruments.

- Two lessons of P.E. (Physical Education) each week, in indoor facilities, taken by a P.E. specialist. The lessons focus on developing children’s physical control, awareness of space and the ability to handle a range of equipment effectively.

- IT Lessons in the Computer Suite each week. In addition to this there is a computer in each classroom.

- Library visits once a week where, from the second term, children can borrow books to take home. During this time children are taught how to look after, appreciate and enjoy books.

Arabic
There are five lessons of Arabic each week that are taught by specialist Arabic teachers. The children are encouraged to talk in Arabic and they learn the basics of reading and writing.

Islamics
Muslim children attend this class once a week. Non-Muslim children leave the classroom and are taught by another teacher.

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Year 1 Curriculum

Language and Literacy

Speaking and Listening
A big emphasis is placed on developing speaking and listening skills. The children use these skills to support their reading, comprehension, writing and general language development. It is important that children have experience speaking English outside of school in order to develop their fluency.

Reading
Each day the children take home graded books with a reading record book for you to sign. This helps them develop and practice their reading skills.

The children read in ability groups within the class and this enables extra support to be given for those with difficulty and extension activities provided for more confident readers.

We expect children to spend about 15 minutes at home each day reading with a parent.

Phonics
We develop phonics as one of the main reading strategies:

- They will be taught to use the basic sounds to build simple three letter words.
- They will be introduced to more complex letter combinations frequently used in the English Language.
- Throughout the year they have weekly spellings to learn with are linked to the phonic program taught.

Writing
Throughout the year the children will be taught to write using the correct letter formation. They are introduced to basic punctuation and are expected to be confident enough to write independently to some degree by the end of the year.

Mathematics
The children use the New Heinemann mathematics scheme framework, which is followed throughout the Primary school. Initially a lot of the work is practical followed by simple recording. During the year the children become less dependent on practical materials as their mental agility develops.

The following concepts are taught throughout the year:

Number
- All the counting concepts involving numbers from 0-20
- Addition and subtraction including the signs +, - , =
- Addition using more than two numbers
- The words used including addition, adding together, plus, more, equals, subtraction, takeaway, minus.
- Horizontal addition and subtraction
- Problem solving
- Developing mental strategies
- Introduction of tens and units
- Recognition of numbers to 100
- Recognize and work with coins from the UK currency. Giving simple amounts of change.

Shape and space
- Recognize, name and know the properties of basic 2D and 3D shapes.
- Make symmetrical patterns
- Use the correct language to describe position, direction and movement

Measure
- Comparing lengths, weights and capacities using arbitrary measures and begin to use standard measures.
- Read the time to the hour and half hour on an analogue clock.

Science
Year 1 children learn science through a series of topics. The children are involved in simple experiments, identifying change through observation and investigation, simple recording of experiments, sharing ideas and testing them out, questioning and discussing outcomes.

An example of the topics for the Year 1 are:

- materials
- sound and hearing
- growing plants
- light and dark
- push and pull

The Infant Department follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales. In addition to class based lessons the Year 1 children also experience some specialist lessons:

- Music lessons twice a week with a music specialist. They are given a basic understanding of musical language and rhythm through song and playing percussion instruments.

- Two lessons of P.E. (Physical Education) each week, in indoor facilities, taken by a P.E. specialist. The lessons focus on developing children’s physical control, awareness of space and the ability to handle a range of equipment effectively.

- IT lessons in the Computer Suite each week. In addition to this there is a computer in each classroom.

- Library visits once a week where children can borrow books to take home. During this time children are taught how to look after, appreciate and enjoy books.

Arabic
There are eight Arabic lessons every week and they are taught by specialist Arabic teachers. The lessons follow the curriculum laid down by the Ministry of Education in Kuwait.

Islamics
There are two Islamic lessons and one Quran lesson taught each week to Muslim children. Non-Muslim children do not attend these lessons.

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Year 2 Curriculum

Language and Literacy
 
Speaking and Listening
A big emphasis is placed on developing speaking and listening skills. The children use these skills to support their reading, comprehension, writing and general language development. It is important that children have experience speaking English outside of school in order to develop their fluency.
 
Reading
Each day the children take home graded books with a reading record book for you to sign. This helps them develop and practice their reading skills.

The children read in ability groups within the class and this enables extra support to be given for those with difficulty and extension activities provided for more confident readers.

Reading comprehension plays a very important role in the Year 2 learning programme and children are continually assessed on their ability to understand and discuss texts that they have read.
 
Phonics
We develop phonics as one of the main reading and spelling strategies:

- They will be introduced to more complex letter combinations frequently used in the English Language.
- Throughout the year they have weekly spellings to learn that are linked to the phonic program taught.

Writing
Initially Year 2 children are expected to write independently using basic punctuation and as the year progresses more advanced punctuation is introduced as well as grammatical structure. The range of topics for writing will increase from Year 1 to include factual accounts, instructions, letters, personal news, results from science experiments and imaginative story writing. During this year the children will be taught to join their writing with emphasis placed on size, shape and spacing.

Mathematics
The children use the New Heinemann mathematics scheme framework, which is followed throughout the Primary school. Mental maths strategies are taught with weekly check tests.

The following concepts are taught throughout the year:
 
Number
- Counting, recognising, ordering and identifying odd and even numbers to 100
- Number bonds to 20
- Addition and subtraction with tens and units written vertically and horizontally
- Use signs +, - , x , ÷ , =
- Identifying more and less involving numbers up to 100
- Fractions of half, quarter and thirds
- Counting on or back in ones, twos, fives, tens leading to multiplication and recording sums with multiples of 2, 5 and 10
- Understanding the concept of division
- Problem solving strategies
- Understand and use KD 5, 10 , 20 , ½ , ¼ . 200 fils, 500 fils and engage in change giving tasks

Measure
- Estimate, measure and compare lengths, capacities and mass using standard units
- Use a ruler, weighing scales and capacity measuring units accurately
- Read o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to on an analogue and digital clock.
- Use seconds, minutes and hours

Shape and space
• Use mathematical names for 2D and 3D shapes and describe the features of edges, corners, faces, sides.
• Recognise the symmetry of shapes
• Use mathematical language to describe position, movement and direction
• Understand the concept of right angles.

Science
Year 2 children learn about science through a series of topics. The children are involved in simple experiments, identifying change through observation and investigation, recording experiments, sharing ideas and testing them out, questioning and discussing scientific issues.

An example of the topics for the Year 2 are:
 
- health and growth
- plants and animals
- materials
- forces and movement
- using electricity
 
The Infant Department follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales. At the end of Year 2 the children take the Standard Assessment Tests (SAT’s). The results are reported to the parents in the end of year report.
 
In addition to class based lessons the Year 2 children also experience some specialist lessons:
 
- Music lessons twice a week with a music specialist. They are given a basic understanding of musical language and rhythm through song and playing percussion instruments.
 
- Two lessons of P.E. (Physical Education) each week, in indoor facilities, taken by a P.E. specialist. The lessons focus on developing children’s physical control, awareness of space and the ability to handle a range of equipment effectively.
 
- IT lessons in the Computer Suite each week. In addition to this there is a computer in each classroom.
 
- Library visits once a week where children can borrow books to take home. During this time children are taught how to look after, appreciate and enjoy books.
 
- In Year 2 children have the opportunity to attend a variety of after school clubs that include sport, art and craft, music and computer activities.
 
Arabic
There are eight Arabic lessons every week and they are taught by specialist Arabic teachers. The lessons follow the curriculum laid down by the Ministry of Education in Kuwait.
 
Islamics
There are two Islamic lessons and one Quran lesson taught each week to Muslim children. Non-Muslim children do not attend these lessons.

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