Our Kindergarten programme at AA provides a safe and nurturing learning environment for our children. We are dedicated to the development of every child’s physical, social, intellectual, and cultural growth. We believe that student learning is best done when it is authentic and relevant to the real world. Within a stimulating, developmentally appropriate environment, we foster creativity and encourage children to become problem solvers. Children work together and make connections between what takes place in the classroom and their own lives. Through theme-based learning, our children are provided with activities to explore, experiment, and discover. Children are given opportunities to view the world from different perspectives and to adapt to change.
Young children benefit from having a classroom with clearly defined areas to encourage inquiry, investigation, exploration and play. Interactions with these spaces stimulate them to become active learners. Learning spaces may include: reading, writing, construction, art, music, imaginative/dramatic play, math, and science, with a wide variety of appropriate resources in each.
Language and Literacy Development
AA is a bilingual school; all students are taught in both Arabic and English. Our programme supports the development of the students’ use of language, appreciation of language, and awareness of the nature of language. Children develop along a dynamic continuum and have their own unique developmental rates. We use a variety of resources to support a balanced literacy programme. At AA, children start and end their school day with in-class story time. Our literacy programme includes phonemic awareness activities, exposure to authentic literature, whole and small group instruction, guided reading and writing, modelled reading and writing, and shared and independent reading and writing.
Mathematical skills are developed as learners describe and analyze the world around them. The language of math is viewed as a means of thinking as opposed to a series of facts and equations. Mathematics is taught in relevant, realistic contexts, rather than by attempting to impart a fixed body of knowledge directly to students (IBO, 2009).
Arts are identified as dance, drama, music and visual arts. They are a powerful mode of communication through which our learners explore and construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them. Children will have many opportunities to create artwork and respond to the work of others. Students in the KG programme attend art and music courses weekly and also engage the subjects during class time. At the end of KG2, children will showcase their dancing and musical talents during the annual KG2 Dance Show.
Children will use the class library and the main KG library as a place to foster their love of reading and learning. Children visit the KG library each week to read books of their choice. The librarian or class teacher reads a story that is integrated within the unit theme and later engages students in discussions about the story they heard. Library books in both English and Arabic are sent home 2-3 times a week.
Children will be exposed to a range of digital media and technologies to support their learning. Our primary goal is for our children to develop a positive attitude toward the use of technology.
PSPE: Personal, Social, & Physical Education
Personal, social, and physical education is concerned with the individual’s well-being. It contributes to an understanding of self, developing and maintaining relationships with others and participating in an active healthy lifestyle (IBO, 2009). KG1 and KG2 children attend swimming classes on a biweekly basis.