Sara Village School follows the National Curriculum for England and the majority of the teaching staff is British. However, as we have students from more than 00 countries including our host country of Saudi Arabia, there is a unique slant on teaching methods to encompass local customs and those of other nationalities. The Key Stage 1 programme is child-centred, with the needs of young children at the forefront of the curriculum, while Key Stage 2 further develops key skills and builds students' independent learning abilities.
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
The school provides a PC and a tablet for every student, which means that the learning of the individual can be specially tailored. In addition, we have specialist teaching and resources throughout the school and our teachers have access to whatever materials they request, whether this be for literacy, numeracy, languages, sciences, information technology, art, music, drama or PE.
Key Stage 1
The first years of a child’s learning lay the foundations for their journey through school and beyond, to further education.
In Reception, we help to open the children's' minds through a stimulating, multi-sensory, balanced curriculum. We ensure that there are ample opportunities for them to play and explore, investigating and trying out new experiences, encouraging them to learn actively and to persevere when they find things challenging and reaping the rewards of their endeavours and achievements. Students work mainly with their class teacher, enjoying a highly structured phonics programme and reading scheme, which develops their early reading skills. We encourage their creative and critical thinking by developing their own ideas and strategies.
The curriculum taught in Year 1 challenges children at a higher level than in Reception, ensuring all students are occupied and working hard, while having fun at the same time. Their reading, writing and numeracy skills move forward, being the core curriculum subjects and receiving the highest time allocation. By Year 2, children being are exposed to a wealth of learning opportunities and experiences, building on the enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning fostered in the previous two years. The curriculum takes the best elements of traditional teaching, but is not restricted by it, supported by imaginative approach to teaching and learning in all subject areas. Students continue to work predominantly with their class teacher, while also receiving specialist teaching in native or non-native Arabic, creative arts and PE.
Key Stage 2
Year 3 is the start of Key Stage 2, which covers learning in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The curriculum for this age group is designed to inspire pupils’ curiosity, and teaching at Sara Village School equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
By this stage in their schooling, most children have a keen grasp of basic numeracy and literacy, and are able to start expanding their knowledge into a host of other areas. They can speak and write fluently, communicating their ideas and emotions to others and, through their reading and listening, others can communicate effectively with them. They are busy, industrious and purposeful, undertaking varied projects.
Year 4 and 5 pupils are confident and motivated learners. They have a positive attitude to their work and to other people, and we encourage them to have an awareness of the needs of others around them. Every pupil is taught and challenged to work hard and to enjoy their learning experience. Students’ knowledge of language, which they gain through stories, plays, poetry and non-fiction, supports their reading fluency, their facility as writers, and their ability to communicate across a wide range of topics.
Year 6 offers a different perspective, as these students are approaching the end of their primary school years. As such, they are at the top of the school and are encouraged to become increasingly independent learners and also to bear some responsibility towards helping younger children in the school. As new skills are introduced, Y6 students are encouraged to feel successful and enthusiastic, greeting new challenges with open minds and a willingness to try hard, be prepared for setbacks, and to push on through to achievements that they can be proud of.