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We want pupils in the Prep school to love learning. Pupils are encouraged to explore, be creative, be confident and be curious in a wide range of scenarios. They are regularly challenged and given opportunities to extend themselves, they are supported in becoming the best versions of themselves.
Pupils will progress through and beyond the National Curriculum in England, towards the attainment targets of Key Stage 1 and 2 and additionally meet all KHDA expectations for Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies.
Pupil well-being is very important to us and to ensure a strong pastoral system the class teachers teach the majority of subjects. We acknowledge that all pupils are individuals, and our experienced teachers take the time to build up positive relationships with each child and through this find the best ways to support, motivate and inspire them.
As a Prep school we challenge ourselves to provide a 21st Century education that is relevant to the pupils; it has to be adaptable and extend pupils’ skills and understanding in an international minded way that allows them to question, reflect and go deeper into their thinking. We use the International Primary Curriculum as a tool to support this rewarding journey of growth. Pupils’ interests are sparked due to the relevance of the units, the enquiry approach and the skills that they learn. Brighton College is the BSME networks lead school for IPC.
An area of strength in the Prep school is the Read, Write, Inc programme that is used from FS1 to Year 2 to ensure that pupils are given the opportunity to develop their love of reading as well as their fluency. Brighton College is a lead Read, Write Inc school in the UAE.
A mastery maths programme is used which allows pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason and to solve problems. A great emphasis is placed on mathematical language and questioning so pupils can discuss the mathematics they are doing, and so support them to take ideas further.
To compliment the academic subjects there are plenty of sport, music, art, and drama activities available to the pupils and the sports teams regularly compete against other schools and in tournaments. The extensive Co-Curricular Activities programme helps to develop a range of interests and provides breadth to the curriculum.
We provide an inspiring education that prepares our pupils for their next educational steps, whether that be in our College or beyond and we are confident that they can ultimately take their place as contributing, successful members of society.
Years 1 and 2
In Year 1, children move from the Early Years Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1.
The end of Foundation Stage assessment (the Foundation Stage Profile) provides a clear benchmark of children's attainment. The assessment profile, together with ongoing teacher assessment, informs planning and teaching across the broader Year 1 curriculum. The profile enables teachers to identify children's performance and progress and helps them plan how to address any gaps in learning. Helping children to recognise their progress maintains their enthusiasm and motivation.
Pupils become more independent and there are growing expectations about what they can achieve. The school calendar has a good mix of special days and events that allow pupils additional opportunities to enjoy their school days.
Pupils in Years 1 and 2 are taught by specialist teachers for Arabic, Islamic Studies, PE, Music, French and Computer Studies
From Year 1 upwards pupils can be involved in the extensive Co-Curricular Activites programme which helps them to develop a range of interests and provides breadth to the curriculum.
Years 3 - 6
Year 3 is the beginning of Key Stage 2 and is seen as a transition year, where the pupils are developing their understanding of how they learn and independence towards the next stage of their education.
Pupils are increasingly encouraged to recognise their progress and to begin to develop more independent ways of working. Teachers provide regular and impactful feedback so that pupils can review their work and continue to develop it to a higher level, setting achievable challenges is important. Motivation and enthusiasm are therefore maintained, as are the strong home-school links and clear lines of communication.
Pupils in Year 3 and above are taught by specialist teachers for Arabic, Islamic Studies, PE, Music, French, Computer Science and Drama.
To compliment the academic subjects there are plenty of sport, music, art, and drama activities available to the pupils and the sports teams regularly compete against other schools and in tournaments.
In Year 5 the preparation for the transition to the Senior School begins. Pupils wear the traditional uniform which includes a blazer and their classroom organisation has a more mature style.
Art is taught by a specialist teacher from Year 5 and Science and Spanish are taught by specialists in Year 6.
A close system of academic tracking operates throughout the Prep School, with external standardised assessments in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.. These standardised tests complement our own traditional teacher assessments and give an accurate picture of the progress of each child.
Pupils completing the Prep School are prepared for their next educational steps and are confident about taking those steps.