Fostering curiosity and imagination
The aim at this stage is to expose
the child to an exciting and wonderful world of learning. Children are encouraged to develop cognitive and motor skills by stimulating their curiosity and imagination.
Our school recognises that a firm foundation at this level will help the child progress through succeeding educational stages with relative ease and confidence.
Subjects at Kindergarten:
- Literacy Skills
- Numeracy Skills
- Enquiry Skills
- Personal, Social and Emotional Skills
- Motor Skills
- Co-Curriculuar Activities
Development of positive attitudes and healthy habits
At the primary level there is a greater emphasis on a development-based curriculum and students are taught the essential concepts of the various subjects. The focus is on the development of the positive attitudes and healthy habits among students.
Foundations in Reading, Creative Writing, Science and Mathematics are strengthened in a caring and stimulating environment, wherein the learning process is made positive and more meaningful.
Subjects at the Primary School:
- General Science
- Social Studies [ Grade 3 to 5 Compulsory – UAE related]
- Arabic [Compulsory]
- Second Language [Hindi, French, Malayalam]
- Islamic Studies [for Muslim Students Only]
- Moral Science [for Non-Muslim students]
- Physical Education
UNIQUE APPROACHES TO LEARNING
In keeping with our school vision ‘Laying foundations for life through the continuous pursuit of excellence’ there has been a paradigm change in the educational approach of the school in the last four years, to equip our students with all the 21st century skills so as to prepare them for the challenges ahead and for life.
Since April 2013, the learning approach in KGS has evolved from the conventional text book learning to a more blended e-learning approach with a judicious mix of hands on exploration and interactive learning through e-resources. Online interactive learning platforms have been implemented as a means of extending learning beyond the physical boundaries of the text book and the classroom.
Multi Sensorial Activity Based Approach:
A wide range of hands on, relevant, concrete, first-hand opportunities and multi-sensorial learning experiences are provided for all students to develop their Personal, Social, Emotional, Cultural, Spiritual, Physical, Language, Mathematical, Creative and Critical Thinking Skills in a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment. Being a Primary School, emphasis is laid on a balance of child led and teacher led activities to promote skill based learning. Activities that are free and structured, individual as well as collaborative form the basis of experiential learning at KGS.
Since the last academic year the Expeditionary Learning approach has been implemented in all core subjects, particularly Arabic and has helped students extend their learning beyond the classrooms by using real life contexts and situations for problem solving and deepening their learning. The expeditionary learning approach has stimulated student curiosity and has helped them think beyond the realms of their classrooms. Teachers use this hands on approach to contextualize learning so that students are engaged in real life experiential learning. The learning from these expeditions is further extended and shared in lessons. This approach has brought in palpable excitement in learning in students, staff and parents. It has also impacted positively student conversational skills in Arabic and English.
Reggio Inspired Approach:
Reggio Emilia Approach at KGS – a unique, innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education. This is a child-led hands on approach, where the role of the teacher is only as a facilitator who observes, probes students’ thinking with provocations, listens to their questions and stories, finds what interests them and provides them with a range of materials and opportunities to explore these interests further. In the Reggio Inspired approach children use many different ways to express their thoughts and creativity in the form of art, music, dance, sculpture, speech, pretend play, etc. using a variety of materials in their environment. This approach believes that children are capable of constructing their own learning, collaborating socially and communicating through their own investigations, with the environment as their third teacher.
Inter-disciplinary Project Based Approach: LEGO and STREAM
have been integrated within the KGS Curriculum in 2016. Students are engaged in hands on LEGO and Robotics projects involving a seamless integration of elements of Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art and Math, all built into a life-worthy learning story. Students in Grades 1 – 5 build projects using LEGO and EIE – Engineering is Elementary kits, which further develop their critical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving skills.