The Primary School
Our Foundation department, for children aged 4 - 5 years, is housed in a bright and welcoming, purpose built building with large outside play areas. Foundation 1 has 3 full-time teachers and 3 teaching assistants. In Foundation 2, we have 3 classes and 6 full-time staff catering for a maximum of 20 children each. Year 1 to 6 classes have a two or three form intake of a maximum of 26 pupils per class. The teachers are supported by a team of teaching assistants. We have a well-equipped medical bay staffed by 2 full time school nurses, and a school doctor on site part-time. We employ specialist teachers for Arabic, Music, Special Educational Needs, P.E., and (for Muslim children) Islamic Studies. The Primary building houses Foundation 2 to Year 5 classes. Year 6 is housed in the Arts Building. The classrooms are bright and spacious, have access to the outdoor areas and are well resourced with interactive whiteboards. We promote the use of technology integrated into all aspects of learning. There is an also a dedicated Computer suite and a large Central Area used for assemblies and drama.
We are very proud of the fact that, although the majority of the children are from Britain, over 30 other nationalities are represented in the school. Academic progress is tracked and monitored regularly with teaching differentiated to suit the needs of all pupils.
Pupils who are identified as Gifted and Talented are offered extension activities. Intervention strategies are introduced wherever necessary with the assistance of our Learning Support Department.
Educational visits to the many local museums and parks are integrated into the curriculum to support curriculum topics. Year 5 have the opportunity to attend an adventure camp in Umm Al Quwaim for 3 days in November each year. Year 6 also enjoy the exciting opportunity to travel to Europe on the annual Ski Trip, held in March.
The school takes every opportunity to celebrate and share students’ successes, whether they are academic, sporting or artistic. We follow a Positive Behaviour Policy which celebrates success and promotes self discipline through clearly defined Golden Rules. Our weekly assembly is a time for the children’s achievements to be recognised publicly. Certificates are given to the pupils who are the class Stars of the Week. Leadership and responsibility is very much encouraged and even the youngest of children will have responsibilities within their class group. We have an active Student Council which is voted in by their peers. They meet regularly with the Head of Primary to discuss pupils’ suggestions and plan fund raising events. We also have House Captains and every pupil in Primary is a member of a House Team.
Parents are involved and welcomed at all levels of the Primary School. Teachers are available before school starts in the morning or after school for informal chats with parents. Parent Teacher meetings are held in Term 1 and 2. Written reports are also sent regularly throughout the year. Curriculum information meetings are held regularly to inform parents of curriculum initiatives and how to support their child at home. There are frequent opportunities for parents to become involved in school life through the PSG and the many events held throughout the year. School productions, winter fairs and International picnics all add to the sense of partnership. We also have volunteer parent helpers, who support teachers around school in a variety of ways, from helping organise reading books to assisting on educational visits.
We see ourselves, at Sharjah English School, very much as a part of the local community.