Curriculum

The School follows the British curriculum with British teaching and assessment methods.  The School's curriculum does not include religious education.

Teachers are British and Algerian who have been trained in British teaching methods and the language of instruction is English except for Arabic and French lessons.

 

Primary

A very warm welcome to the Primary School which comprises over 130 pupils across Years 1 to 6 who are aged between 5 and 11.

Our mission is to provide our community with an educational experience which enables our pupils to fulfil their potential academically, physically, culturally and socially within a global and future context.

We aim to develop each and every pupil to be a complete learner and to develop learning skills and qualities such as:

  • An enquirer
  • Being reflective
  • A deep thinker
  • Courage and Perseverance
  • Being Pro-active
  • Resilience
  • Empathy
  • Being Respectful

Throughout their time in the Primary School, pupils learn through an interesting and engaging curriculum which develops their skills, knowledge and personality. The curriculum is delivered in a varied and holistic manner which caters for each pupil and their individual learning style.

Students are taught predominantly in class groups, according to their age. Students in each academic year move up to the next year irrespective of academic ability. Class teachers works alongside support staff to deliver the curriculum through a range of teaching methods. The children are taught by specialist teachers for P.E., Arabic, French, Computing and Music. The specialist class teachers and support staff work closely to ensure a seamless approach to teaching and learning for all our children and always aim where possible to create common threads across the different subjects.

We aim to offer a relevant, purposeful, enjoyable curriculum which promotes the core skills of oral and written communication; application of maths and the supporting skills of IT; working with others; improving our learning; problem solving and thinking skills.

We follow the National Curriculum for England coupled with a thematic approach. This curriculum enables all children to gain a deeper understanding of the key concepts and skills together with the knowledge needed to apply these to the real-world.

In addition to the normal classroom study, we offer a range of enhanced curriculum activities and opportunities, which go beyond the statutory requirements. These could be anything from sport and chess to drama and debate.

We develop a global perspective by learning from our local community and the wider world: incorporating studies of inventors, historians and famous artists and authors into our curriculum as well utilising the local environment. The curriculum will incorporate global events such as World Book Day, International Dance day and World Poetry Week to name a few.

We also host Maths missions and Science days where children across Primary will work together on open ended enquiry-based projects.

In the lower years of Primary, we believe that play is central to each child’s approach to learning. Children will be encouraged to be curious, to question and to enquire through open ended exploratory based tasks. For example, during Science children could be given an open-ended task to solve a problem such as growing their own plant. They will need to draw on prior knowledge and skills, work collaboratively with their peers, think about and experiment with resources and equipment, and show resilience to persevere and see a task to its end result.

Successfully following such an all-encompassing approach, our pupils leave the Primary School, socially and academically ready for life in the Senior School.

Senior

Senior school caters for students aged 11 (Year 7) to 18 (Year 13) and we follow the British system with students taking exams at the end of Years 11 and 13.

In Year 11 students take GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations which are available internationally as IGCSE examinations. Typically, students take between six and nine IGCSEs.  In Years 12 and 13 (the Sixth Form), students take A-levels (Advanced Levels) normally in three subjects. We use the University of Cambridge examination board who set the syllabuses and examinations.

Support will be provided for Algerian students who wish to take the BEM and Algerian Baccalaureate.  This includes the teaching of Algerian History and Geography for Algerian students. Algerian heritage and culture will be respected at all times.

Staff develop engaging teaching and learning materials to ensure effective learning and continually monitor your child’s progress and subsequently adapt their teaching to meet your child's needs. Teachers also focus on nurturing skills and qualities beyond the academic including the development of empathy, tolerance, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, reflection and problem solving.

The School attaches great importance to extra-curricular and enrichment activities including a range of activities in Art, Music and Sport.

We aim to prepare students to become global citizens and life-long learners who respond positively to the constant challenges and changes we face in our world.

Years 7 to 9

In Years 7 to 9 students will follow a broad curriculum. Algerian students will have classes in Algerian History and Geography.

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Arabic
  • Global Perspectives
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Music
  • Art
  • Sport 
  • Drama

Years 10 and 11

All students take IGCSEs in the following four core subjects:

  • ·       English
  • ·       Mathematics
  • ·       Arabic (Either first or second language IGCSE)
  • ·       At least one Science subject

Students choose four optional subjects typically from the following:

Biology

Physical Education (IGCSE)

Chemistry

Computer Science

Physics

Further Mathematics

Spanish

French

History

Business Studies

In addition to the examined subjects above, all students also take PE and General Studies. General Studies is an opportunity for students to study and discuss current affairs and issues pertaining to their daily lives in a structured manner. One hour of Enrichment per week allows all students to discover a new activity every half-term and these will range for example from Food Technology to Chess to Gardening.

Algerian students will study Algerian History & Geography and the other students will study Humanities. These studies are not examined.

Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)

A-level courses will start for Year 12 in September 2022. Most students will take 3 A-levels. Typically, the following subjects would be offered:

  •      English
  •      Maths
  •      Biology
  •      Chemistry
  •      Physics
  •      Computer Studies
  •      Arabic
  •      French
  •      Spanish
  •      History
  •      Geography
  •      Physical Education