Welcome to Key Stage 2. We hope that you will enjoy learning about our department and that you find your visit to our website informative.
In Key Stage 2 at El Alsson we follow programmes that are aligned with and enhance the delivery of the National Curriculum for England; building upon the solid foundations laid in Key Stage 1. The curriculum provides the structure for pupils to partake in a wide range of activities and trips, educating them in a well-rounded manner and giving them a chance to develop lifelong interests and skills.
Pupils have lessons with their class teacher in English, Maths, Science, Humanities and PSHE. Pupils have lessons with specialist teachers in Arabic, Religion. Social Studies, Music, ICT, PE, Art and French. We adapt aspects of the curriculum to meet our students’ needs and to reflect our unique position here in Egypt. Arabic, Religion and Social Studies are taught following the Egyptian Ministry of Education’s curriculum.
At El Alsson, we follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is a comprehensive, exciting, thematic and cross curricular process of education.The IPC is flexible and can be adapted to children’s interests and level of understanding. At El Alsson, we integrate the IPC with other curriculum to ensure statutory requirements are met, in a creative and engaging way. Teaching through the IPC offers a simple but structured curriculum focused around subject, personal and international learning goals.
Whilst the philosophy of the IPC is embedded throughout all aspects of learning, we also recognise that key skills within English and Mathematics need to be explicitly taught to help develop childrens’ knowledge and understanding. In English, we follow the Read Write Inc. Language and Literacy programme. Literacy, in Primary School, is essential to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that the children have acquired in their Early Years education.
At El Alsson, we recognise the fundamental importance of delivering high quality, specialised and pertinent learning opportunities for children to grow and progress their literacy knowledge, skills and understanding and continue to apply their learning in a range of different contexts. In order to achieve this, all aspects of Literacy are taught and embedded through the use of Read Write Inc. Language & Literacy programme & applied to their wider learning opportunities through the International Primary Curriculum. The learning goals implemented through the Read Write Inc scheme are closely aligned with the National Curriculum Expectations.
In Mathematics, children follow the Busy Ant programme of study.Busy Ant is a whole-school mathematics course that assists teachers in teaching for mastery and ensures complete coverage of the 2014 Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics.
Pupils have lessons with their class teacher in Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography, ICT and PSHE. Pupils have lessons with their specialist teachers in Arabic, Religion, Social Studies, Music, PE, Art and French.
We adapt our curricula to meet the needs of our learners and to reflect our unique position in Egypt. Arabic, Religion and Social Studies are taught following the Egyptian Ministry of Education’s curriculum.
Our curriculum provides the structure for learners to participate in a wide range of activities and trips; educating them in a well rounded manner that encourages the children to develop lifelong knowledge, skills and understanding.
Click on the links below to access more information about The IPC.
In Key Stage 2 we promote the importance of reading in everything we do. Please spend time reading with your child and help us to encourage and create readers for life!
As well as Read Write Inc, we follow the Accelerated Reader Scheme and MyON which children can access this both in and out of school. Please see the Accelerated Reader page for more detailed information.
Continuity and Progression
The curriculum is continuous across key stages and is monitored to ensure there is progression from one year to the next. We recognise that, as pupils move from one key stage to another, there are significant increases in expectations in terms of personal organisation and independent study. Throughout KS2 our pupils are assessed informally on a continuous basis by their class and specialist teachers. There will also be more formal assessments which will take place throughout the year and will help to support teacher judgements about each student’s progress.
Written reports are issued twice a year – in January and June. Parents are also invited to attend Parents’ Day to discuss the welfare and academic progress of their children.
El Alsson is an academically selective school. However, we recognise that some pupils will require extra support at certain stages during their education. It is of great benefit for children to receive learning support, as it is a positive step towards meeting their individual learning goals. If learning support is deemed necessary, a learning support plan will be provided to parents to specifically outline the support to be given.
Classes and Resources
We are well resourced with books and equipment which allows the children to have the first-hand experiences they need. The students learn in a healthy environment with bright, colourful classrooms overlooking playgrounds or green fields. All classes have access to a specialist science lab, computer lab, dedicated music rooms and an exciting, creative learning space for art lessons.
Computer Science (CS) across the Curriculum
In Years 3 and 4 children will have a 60 minute CS lesson each week with a Specialist teacher. In Years 5 and 6 the children’s skills should have developed and they are now at a stage where they are embedding these skills into all areas of the curriculum and applying them to real life contexts. Pupils have access to appropriate ICT resources in all year groups.
Behaviour Policy & Student Parent Handbook
During any orientation we always highlight the key information that we would like to draw your attention to. However, we do have policies that include more detailed information. We ask to ensure that you have read these policies carefully and that you share relevant information with your child to ensure that you are familiar with our expectations here at El Alsson.