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Jbs curriculum booklet dec 2010

  1. 1. Teaching and Learning Curriculum Guide
  2. 2. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideContent PageGrade Levels 2Primary Overview 3Kindergarten to Grade 5 4-5KG 1 and 2 6Primary School, Grades 1 and 2 7-8Primary School, Grades 3, 4 and 5 9Secondary SchoolMiddle Years and Diploma Programme, Grades 6 to 12 10Growing independence and learner profile 11Grades 6 to 10: the Middle Years Programme (MYP) 12The MYP Octagon 13MYP subjects at JBS 14-15IB Diploma Programme (DP) 16The Diploma Programme Model 17Grades 11 and 12 18
  3. 3. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideGrade Levels 2
  4. 4. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuidePrimary overviewOur new K—5 curriculum is organised according to the International Primary Curriculum (IPC),which places particular emphasis on international mindedness and is therefore very relevantfor our students, who are coming from diverse backgrounds and cultures.The curriculum is enriched to reflect the rich culture of the United Arab Emirates andspecifically of Dubai. Knowledge of science, humanities, art, design and ICT are structuredaccording to the IPC.The study of two of our core subjects English and Maths is structured according to the Literacyand Numeracy Strategies taken from the National Curriculum for England and Wales, anddelivered in daily “stand alone” lessons. Skills and knowledge developed in this way are thenused in the IPC units in a practical way to solve problems and consolidating knowledge andunderstanding of language and number,For Arabic, our third core subject, native Arabic speakers are taught in the medium of Arabicin a variety of Arabic, Humanities and Islamic Studies lessons, for up to a quarter of theirinstruction time. Students developing Arabic as a second language are attending daily lessonsin Arabic taught by specialists, while also developing their knowledge of local culture andlanguage in their homeroom lessons with their first language Arabic speaking peers.We offer French throughout the primary school at advanced and emerging level. Childrenare assessed according to English National Curriculum and European Union standards.Tracking student progressIndividual progress is monitored in a number of ways, including standardised benchmarkassessment tests upon entry, regular international achievement tests and objectiveassessments of student potential. Expectations are very high, and children have everyopportunity to progress as individuals.Assessment and monitoring help identify special strengths and areas for improvementso that all student needs can be appropriately addressed. As the talents of able childrenemerge, enrichment opportunities are provided both in class and via special activities.Similarly, if students are found to require additional support with their learning, a rangeof assistance is used to help ensure optimum progress.3
  5. 5. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideKindergarten to Grade 5Learning support and EALOur Learning Support and English as an Additional Language (EAL) provision offers supportto a small number of students in groups or on a one-to-one basis, as deemed most appropriate.This complements work done in class and there are regular opportunities for parents and staffto meet and review progress.A well-rounded primary educationWhile academic achievement is central to the school’s work, the social, emotional, creative andphysical development of each primary child is of equal importance.JBS offers an extensive programme of Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs), including a full rangeof competitive and recreational sports activities. We also offer a developing instrumentaltuition programme, encompassing a variety of instruments and voice, with every child havingthe opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and to perform for fellow students aswell as parents.Each section of the Primary school stages a performance at different times of the year,which provides an opportunity for children to work together collaboratively, build theirconfidence and enjoy shared success and recognition. School concerts and presentationsare also important. In addition, all children have access to a range of facilities includinga swimming pool, large sports hall, a main and separate media centre, a large music room,a grass sports pitch and a Primary ICT suite. 4
  6. 6. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideKindergarten to Grade 5Learning environmentThe Kindergarten caters for our youngest children, aged 3 to 6 years old, in two year groups,KG 1 and 2. Their classrooms are accommodated in ideal facilities set around an outdoor playarea. In exciting and secure indoor and outdoor learning environments, all children are ableto enjoy: A stimulating and diverse curriculum provision that caters for individual needs, based on a sound knowledge of child development Play-based activities and learning through first hand, meaningful experiences A family-feel atmosphere, in which parental involvement is encouraged and appreciated Access to high quality sports facilities and specialist teaching staff A strong and trusting partnership between home and school An excellent pupil/teacher ratio with a teacher’s assistant in each classIndividual monitoringChildren receive the individual attention they need to make progress along the “steppingstones” of learning, as identified in the Kindergarten Curriculum. They are given expertassistance to acquire the fundamental skills that they will need to become effective learnersas they progress throughout the school. Class sizes are maximum 20 students for KG1 and22 in KG2.5
  7. 7. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideKG 1 and 2English CurriculumThe Kindergarten English Curriculum is planned to reflect the requirements of the EYFS (EarlyYears Foundation Stage) guidelines and The National Literacy Strategy. Learning is largely cross-curricular, flowing throughout the following six areas of learning, as appropriate: Literacy, language and communication Mathematical development Knowledge and Understanding of the world Creative development Physical development Personal and social developmentOur youngest students explore these six areas of learning each day through very carefullystructured activities and purposeful play. KG2 classes are built on the experience gained in KG1,developing the early communication, literacy and numeracy skills that prepare young childrenfor Primary School. Children also develop their confidence by taking part in regular PrimarySchool assemblies.FrenchAll KG students have access to French at an appropriate level.Arabic CurriculumAll KG students have daily lessons in Arabic while all students are exposed to Arabic culture,games, music and language in their homeroom lessons.Progress and assessmentTeachers and support staff, through discussion and observation, make detailed assessmentsof each child’s progress, keeping careful records that build a comprehensive picture over thecourse of the year. Many of these records include sample work and photographs, which areavailable for parents to discuss. A number of activities are be planned towards the end of KG2to help aide a smooth transition from KG to Grade 1 of the Primary School. 6
  8. 8. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuidePrimary School, Grades 1 and 2Learning environmentOur Primary programme in Grades 1 and 2, for 6 to 8 year olds, provides a broad and balancedcurriculum to engage our students and challenge them academically. A smooth transitionto a rather more formal structure at this stage of the primary school helps to add appropriatechallenge to the childrens learning and ensures that children progress in all areas of ourcurriculum, particularly in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Arabic.French also forms an important part of the curriculum.Grades 1 and 2 classrooms are bright, spacious and well resourced. Housed in close proximityto the Primary library and within easy access to a stimulating outdoor play area and the restof the school, the environment is ideally suited to the needs of children of this age. All studentshave the opportunity to enjoy presenting their work to parents, through celebrationassemblies that are regularly built into the timetable. The maximum long-term class size is 25,though occasionally 26 will be allowed on a short-term basis.CurriculumChildren are taught for the most part by their class teacher, who is responsible for deliveringthe English and Mathematics programmes, guided by the National Literacy and NumeracyStrategies from England. Each class studies cross-curricular topics that require the applicationof Literacy and Numeracy skills, while also drawing on the skills and knowledge associatedwith Science, Art and Design, Technology, Geography, History, and ICT. The InternationalPrimary Curriculum (IPC) is used throughout the Primary School to structure our teaching andlearning. French forms an important part of the curriculum, both for advanced users of thelanguage and for non-speakers of French.Our Arabic programme is taught to both native speakers and students who are learning thesubject as an additional foreign language. Examples of childrens work that demonstrate theirArabic learning and their study of local culture are displayed throughout the school. Up to 25%of teaching Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies is delivered in Arabic, for those children whouse Arabic as their first language.Specialist subjectsFrench, Arabic, Arabic Social Studies, PE, and Music are taught by specialist staff.Muslim students are also taught Islamic Studies by specialist teachers.7
  9. 9. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideProgress and AssessmentStudent progress is regularly assessed and careful records are kept to monitor how eachchild is progressing towards achieving their target levels by the end of the year. End of yearassessments are carried out by staff to assist in measuring individual progress in the coresubjects, according to curriculum criteria and levels.As children prepare to move into Grades 3 and 4, they will again follow a carefully plannedprogramme of transition to ensure that continuity of learning is maintained and progressionmonitored. An important part of our mission is to create a family-feel learning environmentand all staff will be known to all students. Many opportunities enable children to work alongsideother students and with teachers other than their homeroom teacher. Therefore movement intoa new class at the beginning of each academic year will happen naturally and ensure continuityof learning. 8
  10. 10. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuidePrimary School, Grades 3, 4 and 5Learning environmentStudents, aged 8 to 11 in Grades 3 to 5, are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their ownlearning, preparing them for the subject specialist teaching of the secondary school, which willopen in September 2011.CurriculumThe curriculum in Grades 3 to 5 is evenly weighted so that each student has the opportunityto excel academically and creatively in their own way. The core subjects of English, Mathematics,Science, Arabic and Social Studies continue to be a central focus within the context of a broad andbalanced curriculum and the teaching of French by specialist teachers continues. Class sizes arethe same as in Grades 1 and 2.We continue to use the Numeracy and Literacy Strategies from England to teach Maths andEnglish, while Science, History, Geography, ICT, Design Technology, Art & Drama are taught usingthe framework of the International Primary Curriculum, supported by the English Literacy Strategy.Presentation and performance skills are further developed through school productions as well asin other years, through celebration assemblies.French, Arabic, Social Studies, PE, and Music are taught by specialist staff, and Islamic Studiescontinue for Muslim children.Progress and AssessmentProgress continues to be monitored by staff and standardised tests used for this purpose.Individual target setting becomes increasingly important and students become aware of their ownlearning targets and progress towards their goals. Self assessment is used to motivate andchallenge children to reach their full potential. End of year assessments, as with other age ranges,help measure attainment in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Arabic.Additionally in Grades 3 to 5, students take objective international assessments in Mathematics,English and Science, the outcomes of which will be benchmarked against global standards.These results, combined with teacher assessments, will determine each student’s progressin the core subjects.The step into the secondary school after Grade 5 will be a significant one. Students willbe prepared during the course of the whole year for the demands of the secondary school,by participating in a range of activities to help them make the transition successfully.We will devise our own assessment tools of Arabic for children as they reach the endof the Primary School.9
  11. 11. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideInternational Baccalaureate’s Middle Years and Diploma ProgrammeGrades 6 to 12OverviewOur secondary school, comprising the Middle Years (Grades 6 to 10) will open in September 2011,with the Diploma Years following in September 2012. It is our aim to provide students in Grades 6to 12 with a stimulating and purposeful curriculum, leading to qualifications which are internationallyrecognised for entry into higher education or employment. The curriculum framework for Grades 6to 10 will be the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (MYP).In Grades 11 and 12 the curriculum will centre on the Diploma Programme (DP) of the InternationalBaccalaureate. The maximum long-term class size is 25, but there will be many smaller groups,particularly in Grades 9 to 12 and in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Arabicfrom Grade 6 onwards.Learning support, EAL, setting and gifted educationTaaleem Learning Support staff aim to provide all students with equal access to the curriculumand every aspect of school life, helping students to achieve their full personal potential whilechallenging their talents, both in and outside the classroom. Teaching of English and Mathematicsis set by ability throughout the secondary school. Arabic is set by understanding ability. Teachingwill be for both, native and non-native students of Arabic.Holistic learning and academic rigourAt JBS we want the best of both worlds: a holistic approach that encourages students to seethe links between subject areas, and the development of knowledge and skills within recognisedacademic disciplines. We do not see any contradiction in this - quite the reverse. It is a naturalway to learn. Assessment will be both “for learning” - conducted to identify strengths and areasfor improvement, and to assess achievement. While the skills students build within each subjectalso will be assessed and applied in inter-disciplinary units. 10
  12. 12. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideGrowing independence and learner profilePastoral care and expectations of behaviourAs in other Taaleem schools, the aim of the Health and Social Education programme is todevelop students as valuable and valued members of society, people who understandthemselves and others. Beyond the taught curriculum, in Taaleem schools we recognisethe importance of developing the whole child as responsible members of the community.Each student is placed in a home room group. The home room teacher will quickly developa relationship with each student and check each student’s social well-being and academicprogress regularly. We want to make sure that each student is getting the most out of whatJBS offers.We have a clear behaviour management policy, which spells out our behavioural expectationsof students. Positive action is affirmed and celebrated in a variety of ways, while studentswho choose to ignore or overlook the school’s expectations will find themselves subjectto a variety of consequences.International Baccalaureate Learner ProfileThe aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognisingtheir common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better andmore peaceful world.Students are therefore expected to develop as inquirers, and open-minded thinkers, who areknowledgeable, principled, caring, balanced and reflective. They need to learn how to takesensible risks and continually develop their communication skills.11
  13. 13. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideGrades 6 to 10: the Middle Years Programme (MYP)Learning environmentOn joining the secondary school in Grade 6, students are placed in mixed ability classes.They will have many of their lessons in these classes, but in the core subjects of English,Mathematics and Arabic, we think that students progress far better if they are grouped withchildren of similar ability and experience, so that they move fast enough to achieve theirpotential, yet not so fast that they get left behind.The MYP CurriculumDuring the first three years of the MYP, all students follow a broad-based and balancedcurriculum by commencing a programme of study shaped by the International Baccalaureate. 12
  14. 14. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideThe MYP OctagonThe MYP Octagon shows the main areas that we focus on from Grade 6 to 10. At the centreare the five Areas of Interaction. The first and arguably the most important of these is‘Approaches to Learning’, regarded as essential for acquiring knowledge effectively, whilelearning how to learn. There are four other Areas of Interaction: Community and Service,Human Ingenuity, Environments and Health and Social Education.Around the outside of the MYP curriculum model are the eight subject areas. At JBS we willembrace the philosophy of the MYP by offering a truly holistic education, keeping our studentsas broadly educated as possible throughout the 5 years of the programme. This broad educationmeans our students take at least one subject from each of the eight areas.13
  15. 15. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideMYP subjects at JBSSubject overviewWe currently aim to offer the following MYP subjects:Language A: English and ArabicLanguage B: Arabic, German, FrenchScience: Biology, Chemistry, PhysicsHumanities: History, GeographyTechnology: Information Technology and Design TechnologyArts: Visual Arts and Performing ArtsMathematicsPhysical EducationIslamic A and B as well as Cultural Studies are taught in addition to the MYP Octagon.The MYP Personal ProjectThe Personal Project is a significant piece of work produced over an extended period of time.We will start this process in May of Grade 9 and complete it in March of Grade 10. It is designedto be personal to the student and a product of the student’s own initiative and creativity.The Project should be seen as the culminating activity of the Middle Years Programme tyingtogether the techniques and strategies contained in Approaches to Learning (ATL). The projectdemonstrates the personal abilities and skills required to produce an extended piece of work.Final MYP assessmentThis takes place at the end of the programme to determine the levels individual studentshave achieved in relation to the stated objectives for each subject group and for the PersonalProject. Teachers set written, oral and practical assessment tasks and apply the prescribedassessment criteria defined for each subject group.Students who meet all the MYP requirements will be able to obtain an IB validated MYPcertificate at the end of Grade 10. 14
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  17. 17. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideInternational Baccalaureate’s Diploma Programme (DP)Learning environmentOur aim in Grades 11 and 12 is to develop intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, creativity,adaptability, powers of analysis, communication skills and independent work habits whilepreparing students for entry into tertiary education by following the IB Diploma Programme.The Diploma as a university preparatory courseThe International Baccalaureate’s Diploma Programme is a demanding pre-university courseof study and is a comprehensive two-year international curriculum that generally satisfiesmost countries’ requirements for completion of secondary education and university entrance.Students study six subjects, three at ‘Higher’ Level and three at ‘Standard’ Level. Each studentbecomes proficient in their own and one other language, studies mathematics and followsat least one subject that exemplifies the study of human behaviour and one other thatexemplifies the process of scientific inquiry. The sixth subject is chosen from the arts,another language, humanity or a second science. The Diploma course is challenging bothon an academic level and in terms of the very active commitment that it requires. Studentsmust be committed not only to studying conscientiously, but also in a variety of ways,cooperating with others, making presentations in class, becoming critical and creative thinkers,and becoming compassionate world citizens. The Diploma emphasises the development of thewhole student - physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. 16
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  19. 19. Teaching and Learning - JBS Curriculum GuideGrades 11 and 12Diploma SubjectsAssessment for the DP is by externally marked examinations, which students sit atthe end of Grade 12. They will also be expected to complete regular pieces of course work.The following subjects are likely to form the basis of the JBS Diploma Programme: Group1 Language A1* English, Arabic A Group 2 Language B Arabic B, French, German Group 3 Individuals and Society Business and Management, Geography, History Group 4 Experimental Sciences Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Design Technology Group 5 Mathematics Mathematics, Mathematical Studies Group 6 The Arts Visual Arts* English for most students.Additional core requirementsIn addition, all students undertake 3 core subjects. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) challengesthe student to develop a personal mode of thought and a coherent approach to learning.CAS (creativity, action, service) encourages students to adopt a balanced life outsidethe academic realm. The Extended Essay provides the opportunity to investigate a topicof interest using research and writing skills of a high standard.From Grade 9, we will prepare our students for the process of applying to universities aroundthe world. We will support them as they complete the relevant application forms and provideguidance as they consider their career options. 18