Key Stage 2
Cairo English School follows the English National Curriculum with the addition of Arabic and Islamic studies, Christian Studies and Egyptian Social Studies. Subjects covered are English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Computing, Physical Education, Art, Design Technology and Music. We also offer students Arabic as a Second Language and, in the upper Key Stage, French.
We use a thematic approach making meaningful links between subjects during units of work. This allows children to see the connections between the knowledge, ideas and skills they are learning in their studies. It allows pupils to see how subjects are inter-related and not separate and isolated. This leads to greater progress, deeper understanding and to the reinforcement of key skills as they are transferred between curriculum areas.
A summary of each unit of work is shared with pupils and parents on the school Website and via our IT platform Showbie. This means we all know, can discuss and support the work being studied.
At Cairo English School, English lessons are based on the English National Curriculum which we have developed to meet the needs of all our students whether they are first or second English language speakers. The children have the opportunity to practice a variety of writing genres, learning about the language and structural features as well as the purpose of these texts. High quality core books are used to link thematically with the wider curriculum. These are studied in depth over time and to give breadth to the children’s understanding of writing styles over time.
The lessons take place at least daily in all year groups. All the time spent in the daily English lesson is dedicated to the pupils reading, writing, speaking and listening. This includes phonics and spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting.
An especially important part of English teaching at CES is reading. Whole class, guided and shared reading practices are used to develop your child’s fluency and comprehension strategies. The children are set individual reading tasks at their level of development, using selected texts. Speaking and listening is integrated into every aspect of school life. Our children are always expected to use English in the classroom as their academic language. They have opportunities to perform in class assemblies to a wide audience, as well as through project work and presentations.
Our libraries house a wide selection of levelled books to assist teachers in instructing students to their ability levels and to personalise literary teaching and learning experiences to best meet varied students’ needs. In addition, library lessons are timetabled to support our students in their reading.
At Cairo English School we ensure that children are taught the basic fluency mathematical skills required, as well as strongly emphasising the importance of being able to apply these to problem solving and reasoning. We follow the English National Curriculum and employ a ‘Maths Mastery’ approach to learning. We draw upon key well-respected resources such as The White Rose Maths Hub and NCETM, to ensure high quality teaching and learning in this area. Our main aim is to raise standards and personalise learning so that all our children can achieve their full potential. We strongly emphasise a need for every student to memorise the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. This will allow mental calculations to be answered quickly and also supports the understanding of other areas of Mathematics through Primary and into Secondary.
Science is a core subject in the English National Curriculum. The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts of the subject are divided into four main areas of learning, these being: working scientifically, biology, chemistry and physics. Through careful planning and assessment, we ensure that the scientific skills and knowledge of our students are developed and consolidated over time. Our students are part of a stimulating environment where practical activities are meaningful and challenging. We use investigations to give children a greater understanding of the concepts of science and to develop their investigative skills. Key Stage 2 teachers focus on introducing students to and extending their use of scientific vocabulary to enable them to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data. In Year 6 we run an accelerated science program based on the KS3 curriculum, therefore Years 3 – 5 also accelerate learning through the inclusion of the Year 6 concepts within their science curriculum.
At Cairo English School we aim to give pupils the opportunity to explore the world around them from the past to the present and towards the future. Through the year they develop various geography, history, art and Design Technology skills during their thematic unit lessons.
We make learning more relevant to our pupils by also looking at local history, geography and culture. We develop their understanding of the wider world through the examples, models and stimuli we use across the curriculum giving them a breadth of experience and exposure to other cultures and attitudes. We encourage and develop their ability to be Global Citizens able to understand others and see how their personal choices affect the world we live in.
We enable our pupils to develop a chronological framework of significant events and people and a sense of the processes that bring about changes in places and the environment. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, their attitudes and values.
Cairo English School recognises the importance of technology in the modern world. To assist the progression of our students in this environment, Key Stage 2 uses a broad range of IT hardware and software as an integral part of the curriculum.
Computing is taught in a dedicated IT Suite and lessons in programming are carefully planned over their time in KS2 to build on knowledge and skills across different programming languages.
All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and Apple TV to aid the sharing of work. Class sets of iPads are used in Years 3 and 4 and at Years 5 and 6 children are expected to bring their own iPad. This allows us to use a rich variety of software and online resources to support and develop the children’s learning. This runs from being able to deliver media rich, active lessons to guided online research, to the electronic sharing of learning through our platforms.
We strongly believe that developments in app technology truly support learning within the classroom and as such have invested in subscriptions and training in a wide range of resources. Some of our key apps are Showbie, Nearpod and Century, among others.
We support greater depth of learning by using specialist teachers for many areas of the curriculum. Music, drama and PE from the National Curriculum are delivered by highly trained specialists, elements of the Year 6 science programme are also delivered by dedicated science teachers. Arabic, AfL, Egyptian Social Studies and Religion are all delivered by a dedicated specialist team too.
In addition to this support of the curriculum we also run a full curriculum enrichment programme. For example, Swimming Galas, Global Citizen Days, Art competitions, World Book Day, out of school trips – both locally and internationally, plays and concerts, to name a few, highlight the unique programme of events across the year that add fun and excitement as well as developing learning and what it is to learn.
Events are held across our exceptional campus which provides a rich environment including a 500+ seat auditorium, outdoor pool, a fully equipped Gym and Music rooms.
In line with our Vision Statement, we support our students in any area of need helping them to reach personal excellence. In addition to differentiated learning provided by the teacher on a day to day basis we also have qualified Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers as well as a full complement of teaching assistants working in class to support the students. Children can also be withdrawn on a one-to-one basis or in small groups for short periods of intervention to boost learning and close gaps in their knowledge or understanding. This work is part of our normal practice and involves a wide number of pupils over the year.
At Cairo English School there are qualified counsellors and a dedicated pastoral team available to assist the children with any additional issues they may have. The role of this team is to work alongside the children to help them reach their potential. Whether it be behavioural discrepancies, issues with peers or self-motivation, the pastoral team provides a safe and positive environment that is available for the pupils and parents. The team works to support the child in a positive and respectful manner that to increase their confidence and self-esteem, address underlying issues and support in social and behavioural challenges.