Elementary

Elementary School is a continuation to the children’s development in Pre-school. Our focus here is to develop the “whole child”, a child who is knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically inspired and prepared for the world beyond formal schooling. This is achieved through the curriculum we teach and the co- curricular activities school carried out throughout the year.

The International Primary Program (IPC) Early Years is introduced at the Nursery level and continues till Grade 3. It is a thematic programme that gives our curriculum a taste of coherency and integration between subjects. IPC is based on clearly-defined learning goals. Planned activities and experiences have been designed to cover four strands; Independence and Interdependence, Communicating, exploring and Healthy living.

Educational Stages:

Elementary School (Grade 1 -5):


ARKIS Elementary School focuses on “whole child” development. Self-esteem, integrity, responsibility and respect are valued and encouraged in an active, accepting environment, where creativity is appreciated.  This is achieved through the curriculum and extra-curriculum activities that are carried out throughout the academic year. Literacy and numeracy are the corner stones of children’s academic progress. This is achieved through the CIE ( CP ) learning outcomes and IPC planned units of work. Students sit for an external examination, the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint, at the end of Grade 5.  This exam offers feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses in the key curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science, Additionally, it provides an external international benchmark on students’ performance.

Assessment

At ARKIS we aim to put our students at the centre of the curriculum. At ARKIS we are dedicated to providing a nurturing, secure and stimulating learning environment that will take students to new paths , deepen their skills and help them learn and grow. Our international programmes are accessible to learners of all abilities. We make learning requirements and student assessment clear to help students engage with their subjects.( Our assessment programme deliberately involves students in relevant and authentic experiences) in this is achieved through our chosen Cambridge educational programmes from Kindergarten through Grade 10, followed by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or the AS High School Diploma in Grades 11 and 12. It is compulsory to teach Arabic Islamic Studies, Social Studies and Citizenship as these subjects are endorsed by the Ministry of Education. ARKIS has an established Arabic as a Second Language (ASL) department offering special programmes to students from Grade 1 who are non-native speakers.

Cambridge Educational Programmes:
ARKIS is a certified Cambridge International Examination (CIE) Centre where the Cambridge curricula programmes are taught.  The Cambridge Primary and Cambridge Secondary 1 programmes provide a coherent educational programme of curriculum and assessment from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in English, Mathematics and Science.  This is followed by Cambridge Secondary 2 i.e. the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Grades 9 and 10 where students take more than eight IGCSE subjects.  These programmes are continually reviewed by the Cambridge board keeping in mind the developments in education, teaching and learning practices.

Elementary School (Grades 1-5):
ARKIS Elementary School focuses on “whole child” development. Self-esteem, integrity, responsibility and respect are valued and encouraged in an active, accepting environment, where creativity is appreciated.  This is achieved through the curriculum and extra-curriculum activities that are carried out throughout the academic year. Literacy and numeracy are the corner stones of children’s academic progress. This is achieved through the CIE learning outcomes and IPC planned units of work. Students sit for an external examination, the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint, at the end of Grade 5.  This exam offers feedback on students’ strengths and weaknesses in the key curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science, and provides an external international benchmark on students’ performance.

Educational Programmes

International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Programme:
The IPC is an international programme that is used as a tool to achieve the objectives of the Cambridge programme from Kindergarten to Grade 3.  The principle ( The aim ) of the IPC is to focus on a combination of academic personal, and international learning for children worldwide combined with innovative and exciting activities that expose the students to real life situations. Students are engaged and inspired as a result of stimulating, child-centred, thematic and cross-curricular units of work.

Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS):
At ARKIS we believe in developing students’ cognitive skills. The school implements a special programme named the UCMAS from KG2 to Gr.8. This programme is based on ancient Chinese concept and modern scientific research to stimulate and develop both hemispheres of the brain by using a simple educational tool called the abacus. Through the abacus, the following skills are developed from an early age:

Uniform


Girls: Maroon trousers/skirt (at least 3 inches below knees) with white and maroon striped blouse. Girls’ headscarf should be black, beige or white only.
Boys: Maroon trousers with maroon vest and white striped shirt with ARKIS tie.

Note:
All students are strictly required to adhere to the following:-

• No tight trousers.

• Plain white socks, plain black shoes.

P.E. Uniform and Winter Cardigans

The school P.E uniform and winter cardigans are only available at The House of Uniform.

Please note the following points relating to uniform and grooming.

  1. 1.Shirts can be short or long sleeves.
  2. 2.2. Shoes should be plain black, any other coloured ( colour) is not allowed. With PE uniform any coloured sports shoes are allowed.
  3. 3.Jewellery is not permitted. Only one pair of small plain ear-studs for girls.
  4. 4.Make-up, nail polish and fancy hair clips are not allowed.
  5. 5.Winter school jackets are only available at the school and must be purchased by the students to ensure uniformity of dress code.
  6. 6.Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back.
  7. 7.Students should not dye their hair with unnatural colour, or have their hair shaved into patterns.
  8. 8.Boys should be well groomed.
  9. 9.In winter, black coats may be worn over the black School sweater.
  10. 10.Girls’ can wear black, white, grey, and dark blue hijab with the P.E uniform.

 

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