Al Nujoom International School believes that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. As much as good parenting and family values are important; a secure, safe and happy school which offers quality education is equally important. NAIS will strive to provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
We will ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe and give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can become capable, confident and learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. We expect parents to cooperate with the school to make these early years of education beneficial for the child.
The Children will mostly be taught through games and play.
The areas of learning are:
We will provide a language-rich environment. The multi-sensory Phonics programme will be introduced in stages, complete with hands-on activities and fun games, supported by worksheets where necessary. By the end of KG3, the phonic sounds, the technique of blending, formulating sentences, and writing simple sentences will be taught. Students will also develop strong speaking/ communication skills, and shall be able to identify high frequency words (sight words), read simple sentences. Emphasis on fine motor skills will improve handwriting.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children will be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest
Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Writing: children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations
Arabic: Alphabet, phonics, names of colours, shapes…
Quran: memorisation of Surahs.
Islam: Basic Etiquettes
Mathematical concepts such as patterning, shapes, size, weight, position, distance, time and money are introduced through hands-on and concrete learning experiences. A strong foundation in addition, subtraction, is also developed.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure
Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 50, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Art is a key element for students’ creative development. Children explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two and three dimensions. They paint, design, draw, make patterns, and create collages.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through various activities.
Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
We provide opportunities for children to be active and interactive, and to develop their coordination, control and movement through purposeful play. Carefully planned lessons will hone their skills at different stages.
Rules will be reinforced throughout. Children with a positive sense of themselves in relation to their peers, family and community will respond effectively to challenges they face.
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Children engage their senses to find out how things work, conducting simple activities and manipulating objects. They therefore develop an understanding of the world around them, providing the foundations for learning science and society.
People and communities: children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food
We will emphasise on the following: