Our Primary Programme is implemented from Kindergarten to Grade 5. It prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom, and builds upon the natural curiosity of the child.
The curriculum for children in Kindergarten to Grade 5 is comprised of the following disciplines:
- Language Arts
- Social studies
- Physical Education (PE)
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Cultural Studies
- Qatar History
Language Arts and Mathematics are taught specifically as well as within the unit of inquiry. Each unit of inquiry has either a Science or Social Studies focus. ICT skills are taught through the curriculum and children have access to ipads and chrome books. These elements of the curriculum are taught by the homeroom teacher. Art, PE, Music, French and Arabic are supported by specialist subject teachers. Children have the use of specialized Art and Music studios, and a fully equipped gymnasium. All Arabic children participate in Islamic Studies and from Grade 1 children are grouped by language level for French and Arabic.
We model our curriculum on the IB Primary Years Programme. For more information about the PYP, please visit the IBO website.
The progamme gently begins to blend into a more solid academic foundation maintaining stimulating surroundings and creative opportunities. Children study through 6 units of inquiry. Daily language learning focuses on speaking and listening, oral expression, reading skills, spelling, word and sentence writing, and handwriting. Math is taught from a visual and conceptual approach using manipulative resources. Mathematical vocabulary is emphasized and topics covered include problem solving, classification, measures, pattern and shape, all taught alongside computation with a focus on addition and subtraction. Children receive a daily French lesson.
Grade 1 and 2
The curriculum continues to build on from where each individual child is in their personal learning journey, in each subject area. Differentiation and enrichment strategies are key factors in ensuring each child is making progress. Daily language lessons reinforce reading skills through the teaching of phonics, whole word recognition, sentence awareness and verbal presentation skills. Maths instruction has a focus on proficiency in computation whilst continuing with an investigative approach. The scientific inquiry process and the subject areas of History and Geography are introduced in more detail through the unit of inquiry.
Grade 3 to 5
Language and literacy become more holistic according to each student’s development and the focus moves to the teaching of higher order thinking skills. Maths lessons reinforce knowledge of number and the other topic areas. The curriculum becomes more demanding in terms of understanding and the conceptual application of mathematical principles. The demands of the unit of inquiry become greater; knowledge of the scientific process is needed to participate in experiments and investigations; the social studies elements depend on the pre-acquisition of knowledge and skills in order to carry out effective research and to collaborate within a team to reach a specific goal.
The GRADE 5 Exhibition
The Grade 5 Exhibition is the culmination of our primary programme. As an IB World School, we model our process on the PYP Exhibition, an individual student led inquiry project. Students are given the opportunity to use all their previous learning to research into an issue they are passionate about and to present it to the school community, using a range of media. This is a remarkable and memorable experience for students which results in much personal growth, and action service in the community.