Year 1 (Children must be aged 5+ by 1st October)

Year 1 classes are based in spacious, colourful classrooms around one side of the shady activities courtyard. Teachers use this area as an extension of the classrooms and plan a range of courtyard activities using the art and craft facilities, sand, water, role-play and other action-learning opportunities. An experienced teacher is responsible for each Year 1 class and is supported by a full-time teaching assistant. All pupils have access to the school field, playgrounds and adventure play areas which challenge and develop their gross motor skills.

Curriculum

At El Alsson we follow programmes such as the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) that are aligned with and enhance the delivery of the UK National Curriculum.

These strong and adaptable curricula set students’ personal and subject goals, combining subject teaching with a focus on values and resilience. As well as languages, arts, sports and STEAM subjects, your child will explore traits such as morality, communication, enquiry and respect.

In Key Stage 1, we follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), coupled with the core subjects from the UK National Curriculum. 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. The IPC is a fully integrated curriculum that offers learning across a broad range of topics. Through following the process of learning and the core work in English and Maths provided through Read Write Inc. Phonics and Busy Ant, children at El Alsson will experience a holistic and thorough educational experience that will put them in a good position for the rest of their academic lives.

We adapt our curricula to meet the needs of our learners and to reflect our unique position in Egypt. 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.

Read Write Inc. Phonics

Year 1 Learners at El Alsson use Read Write Inc. Phonics scheme of work. 

Read Write Inc. Phonics (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Children are grouped according to their ability so they only engage with work that is achievable. This makes learning to read more enjoyable and allows the children’s learning and confidence to flourish side by side.

In Year 1, pupils will continue to apply phonics knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding becomes embedded and reading is fluent. Pupils will learn complex sounds (Set 2 and 3 sounds) and read books appropriate to their reading level. Once children become fluent speedy readers they will move onto the Language and Literacy programme (in Year 2).

 

Busy Ant Maths

At El Alsson, we endeavour to provide the best learning opportunities within Maths and extend learning so that our children can use their knowledge, skills and understanding in a functional way. 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. We believe that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Maths and Busy Ant allows us to utilise Progress Guides which provide support and extension activities, to raise attainment for all pupils and ensure rapid progression for pupils who need extra practice.  

Click on the links below to access more information about the IPC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6berkJlwEVU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaxGwqv4gf0

IPC Overview

IPC Brochure

Student Welfare

Through careful planning and organisation of the learning environment Year 1 teachers and assistants ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed academically and socially. Self-esteem and confidence are nurtured so that children become motivated and active learners. Through the introduction of the ‘Golden Rules’ a caring community is created where pupils learn to care for themselves, others and the school environment. This is a significant time for our pupils since the foundations are being laid upon which the rest of their education will build.

Click here to view or download the KS1 Handbook

Behaviour Policy

 

Year 2 (Children must be aged 6+ by 1st October)

In Year 2 pupils embark on the second and final year of the British Key Stage 1 curriculum.  An experienced teacher is responsible for each Year 2 class and is supported by a full-time teaching assistant.  Year 2 pupils are taught in bright, airy classrooms which share a dedicated outdoor activity area.  All pupils have access to the school field, playgrounds and adventure play areas which challenge and develop their gross motor skills.

Curriculum

At El Alsson we follow programmes such as the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) that are aligned with and enhance the delivery of the UK National Curriculum.

These strong and adaptable curricula set students’ personal and subject goals, combining subject teaching with a focus on values and resilience. As well as languages, arts, sports and STEAM subjects, your child will explore traits such as morality, communication, enquiry and respect.

In Key Stage 1, we follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), coupled with the core subjects from the UK National Curriculum. 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. The IPC is a fully integrated curriculum that offers learning across a broad range of topics. Through following the process of learning and the core work in English and Maths provided through Read Write Inc. Literacy & Language and Busy Ant, children at El Alsson will experience a holistic and thorough educational experience that will put them in a good position for the rest of their academic lives. 

We adapt our curricula to meet the needs of our learners and to reflect our unique position in Egypt. Arabic and Religion 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.

Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language

Year 2 Learners at El Alsson use Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language scheme of work. 

Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language 

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 and 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. 

Busy Ant Maths

At El Alsson, we endeavour to provide the best learning opportunities within Maths and extend learning so that our children can use their knowledge, skills and understanding in a functional way. 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. We believe that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Maths and Busy Ant allows us to utilise Progress Guides which provide support and extension activities, to raise attainment for all pupils and ensure rapid progression for pupils who need extra practice.  

Click on the links below to access more information about the IPC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6berkJlwEVU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaxGwqv4gf0

IPC Overview

IPC Brochure

Student Welfare

Through careful planning and organisation of the learning environment Year 2 teachers and assistants ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed academically and socially. Self-esteem and confidence are nurtured so that children become motivated and active learners. Through the introduction of the ‘Golden Rules’ a caring community is created where pupils learn to care for themselves, others and the school environment. This is a significant time for our pupils since the foundations are being laid upon which the rest of their education will build.

Click here to download the KS1 Handbook 

Behaviour Policy