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Our Curriculum in the Early Year 


t is important for us to help students build their learning and ensure that essential foundations are in place early, to help with all future study. The Early Years programme follows the principle of creativity and ’learning through play’ and provides a strong focus on phonics as well as numeracy and literacy. These foundations built in the Early Years help pave the way for future success. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework provides the standards and expectations for the development of children up to five years of age. At The British School Al Hamra, we deliver the seven areas of this framework through a hands-on, play based approach, with an emphasis on successful socialisation and purposeful management of the learning environment both inside and out of the classroom. 
A cross-curricular approach to learning allows the following areas to be developed and enhanced throughout a child’s time in our Foundation Stage setting:  

  1. Communication and language development 

  2. Physical development 

  3. Personal, social and emotional development 

  4. Literacy 

  5. Mathematics 

  6. Understanding the world 

  7. Expressive arts and design. 

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. 


Our Curriculum in Primary (KG2 - Grade 5)

Children move from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum onto the National Curriculum where we continue to provide a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum which includes teaching for all children in the following subjects:


  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science


  • Art

  • Design and Technology

  • Computing

  • Geography

  • History

  • Music

  • Physical Education

Teachers set high expectations for children’s attainment and progress using a variety of teaching approaches and groupings. There is a balance of Whole class teaching, hands-on activities, and independent work


Supporting your Child’s Needs


Supporting your Child’s Needs

Staff work hard to ensure they are supporting all students’ needs and we understand that all students need support and guidance in different areas. Teachers will regularly report to parents, plus have Teacher-Parent days to inform you of how your child is progressing. If there is any extra support needed or concerns raised, teachers will communicate directly with you about the next steps and possible solutions.

The Academy schools are inclusive and we embrace the individuality of every child, whilst giving support for most needs. We welcome students of all abilities and backgrounds, providing a supportive and international environment for your child to grow in. You will see the learning that will make you proud, relative to starting points, no matter your child’s ability or challenge.

Cognitive Learning Needs (SEN Support)

The SEN (Special Education Needs) Student Support Team provides support for children of determination. The team's objective is to ensure that the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of students are being met by providing:

  • Individualized Education Plans (IEP) that specify the structure of support, category of eligibility, the student's areas of need and strength, and interventions and goals.

  • Tiered levels of support based on the student’s response to interventions.

  • Accommodation and modifications that are tailored to the student’s individual needs.

  • Specialized in-class support.

  • A variety of assessment methods to monitor performance and progress.

  • Training and support for Learning Support Assistants.

  • Regular communication between parents, teachers and the school.

  • Full-time 1-1 support (where this is considered necessary, parents will be

  • advised of any additional cost).

Second Language Needs (English as an Additional Language)

Students with Second Language needs will benefit from additional English language classes.

Most new students, after being immersed in an English learning environment, will only require EAL

additional classes for a period of time. We have an EAL teacher dedicated to your child's needs, who

ensures that English Language Learners are evaluated on entry and support provision is given if English

language levels are at beginner and early developing levels. Through curriculum linkage, the programme

concentrates primarily on:

1) Language functions: the purposes of language use

2) Pragmatics: the appropriate use of the English language in various contexts.

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