Prep Curriculum

AGS aims to provide a high quality British style primary education based upon the framework of the National Curriculum for England and adapted to meet the varied needs of our international school community. The curriculum is designed to encourage individuals to reach their full potential and inspires them to create their own future. We develop a sense of pride and belonging to nurture all members of our community so that they feel valued and prepared to meet the challenges of the ever-changing world.

Our Prep curriculum is delivered so pupils are engaged with and motivated about their learning. Termly topics are used to influence learning in other subjects and link to real life as much as possible. Discrete subject lessons are taught where appropriate. Individual class teachers are given the opportunity to deliver activities in their specialism or areas of personal interest. e.g. Specialist sports, music and theatre. We have specialist teachers for Islamic Education, Arabic, Music and Physical Education. Learning Support and academic extension is organised through our "Personalised Learning Pathway".

 
LOWER PREP

This consists of Key Stage 2 classes Year 3,4 & 5 - Ages 7-10

Key stage 2 spans the ages of 7 – 11 years of age.

There is capacity for 4 classes in each year group.

Learning environments are spacious and enhanced by interactive displays that celebrate the children’s work across all curriculum areas.

Every classroom and specialist room has an interactive whiteboard that is used by both teachers and children to extend learning opportunities.

The National Curriculum offers opportunities to develop skills that are transferable and broad. The curriculum is enriched by specialist teaching.

Emphasis is placed on teaching skills and concepts that challenge children at all levels.

Opportunities to enhance first hand experiences are embraced and educational visits are planned to extend learning opportunities.

ARABIC CLASSES

Learning a language is a process that requires considerable time and practice; however it is one of the most rewarding things your child can learn in school.

The Arabic language classes at AGS are divided into two sections:

  • Arabic for native Arab speakers (Arabic A)
  • Arabic for non-native speakers (Arabic B)

The curriculum for Arabic A follows the Oman Ministry of Education requirements and is enhanced by a range of resources and activities that promote active and purposeful learning. Children are also encouraged to borrow Arabic books from the school library to ensure that they extend their appreciation of Arabic literature.

Further information about the curriculum maps for Arabic A and B are available on the school communicator under Resources.

The Arabic B classes are divided into differentiated levels within each year group to help ensure that appropriate support is provided for each student.

ISLAMIC EDUCATION

Islamic Education is a compulsory subject for Muslim students. It is taught in Arabic for Native Arabic speakers and in English for those students who do not speak Arabic as their first language but require Islamic education.

The Islamic Department follows the Ministry of Education curriculum. Learning Islamic concepts are combined with practical learning at AGS and related to real life examples were possible.

Our enthusiastic and dedicated teachers explain prescribed Islamic topics that include Hadiths, Aqidah(Faith), and Akhlaq(Manners), Islamic History, Islamic Social Studies together with the appropriate Surahs from the Noble Qur’an.

Our Islamic Education programme is also enhanced by extra Qu’ran recitation and memorisation.

We believe that an educational partnership between school and home is vital and we strive to ensure that progress and attainment are shared with both students and their parents.

UPPER PREP - this consists of Key Stage 2 class Year 6 and Key Stage 3 classes Year 7 & 8 - Ages 10-13

Although AGS largely follows the English Curriculum, given our international status, we will be able to creatively devise broad based programmes of study which are geared to further extend our students learning as they make the transition through Prep into Senior School and beyond. As an inclusive school we promote both Gifted and Talented schemes of work in addition to providing support in areas such as English as a second language, to those students who would benefit from these kinds of intervention.

Our aim is to provide stimulating learning experiences that fully engage individuals, inspire them to strive to reach their full potential and give them the confidence to embrace success by creating realistic and well-resourced pathways through to the end of KS5. As they are able to explore a variety of different subjects along with facilitating wider learning situations, we give our students the opportunity to leave AGS with academic qualifications that enable them to move effectively forward into adulthood. Academic expectation remains high and reflects the necessary rigour to allow our students to be confident and competitive in their chosen career.

KEY STAGE 3

During KS3 our students study a similar range of subjects to those undertaken in Key Stage 2. They learn to greater depths, including how to apply their skills and knowledge appropriately. This adds to their understanding of the skill requirements of each of the subjects that are on offer in the Senior School. By the time the students choose their IGCSE options in year 9, they are in an excellent position to make informed choices based on their own experience.