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Primary

Introduction

The primary school at Al Shohub consists of six year groups, split into two Key Stages:
Key Stage 1 – Year 1 (5 to 6) and Year 2 (6 to 7)
Key Stage 2 – Year 3 (7 to 8), Year 4 (8 to 9), Year 5 (9 to 10) and Year 6 (10 to 11)
Our school is a close and caring community which values each child as an individual and encourages them to work to high academic and social standards. In the primary classes we have a team of dedicated teachers and teaching assistants who will guide and support your child in becoming a strong, resilient and independent learner.

Curriculum

At Al Shohub our academic core is based on the rigour of the National Curriculum for England in conjunction with the UAE Ministry of Education and we integrate both local and national contexts into our learning, taking full advantage of our position in Abu Dhabi.
All students within the primary school learn the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Arabic Language
  • Islamic Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Moral Education
  • Music
  • Physical Education (P.E.)
  • French (Years 5 and 6)

We aim to provide exciting opportunities which will stimulate your child’s desire to be an independent and resilient learner. Through the provision of a broad, balanced and creative curriculum we will equip your child with core subject skills and provide them with the knowledge and understanding to apply their learning in a range of ways.
At Al Shohub we have high academic and social expectations of our students and the learning community as a whole. As such, a cohesive homeschool partnership is a non-negotiable to ensure your child reaches their full potential. Students in all primary classes are expected to read daily and complete all homework tasks given to consolidate their learning.

Assessment

At Al Shohub, an assessment opportunity is considered to be any moment in time when a child demonstrates their ability. We use a wide range of assessment strategies to get the most robust picture of your child’s learning. Assessing what students know helps us to identify any gaps in their knowledge and we use this to inform future learning. Assessment measures at Al Shohub are interactive and continuous to ensure they are effective. Our teachers are experts in their roles and we will involve you and your child in every step of the assessment process.

At Al Shohub we track the progress and attainment of your child in three ways:

Formative Assessment
This is a continuous process used to inform progression through the learning journey. This mode of assessment is carried out through planning and observations, marking and questioning as well as self and peer assessment techniques.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment sums up what a student has achieved at the end of a period of time, relative to the learning objectives taught and is used to inform planning and set targets. It can be carried out in a range of ways including using observation, questioning, marking or small end of unit or end of term tests.

External Summative Assessments
These are external, standardised tests which are used to inform teachers, subject leaders and senior leaders about the attainment and progress of all students. Senior leaders use this information to understand how our students achieve in comparison with their peers on a local, national and international scale.

All students in the primary school will complete an external computerised test at the end of each year.These annual tests provide information about where the children are in relation to their age as well as adiagnostic breakdown of gaps in their learning.

In addition, students in Year 1 will complete a phonics screening assessment in the summer term, and students in Year 2 and Year 6 will complete the UK SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests) in Mathematics, Reading and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

Guidelines for using the bus service

Any student who travels on the bus must adhere to the School Behavioral Policy as they would at school. Students who do not adhere to the policy will be permanently excluded from the bus service.

  • It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the Bus Assistant if the student can not take the bus for any reason (e.g. illness)
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure an approved adult accompanies the student at the pick-up and drop-off point at the designated time. The school bus will not wait for late students.
  • Students should sit as quickly as possible upon entering the bus, in the assigned seat.
  • Safety belts should be worn at all times on the bus.
  • Students should not stand or move while the bus is in motion.
  • Students should listen to the Bus Assistant at all times and follow instructions given.
  • Students should not distract the Bus Driver.
  • Only authorised adults are permitted to travel on the school bus.
  • Students should respect the rights and well being of all other students, the Bus Assistant and Bus Driver at all times. Bullying in any form will not be tolerated.
  • Should a student require an age appropriate booster seat this should be provided by parents in line with UAE guidelines and size specifications.
  • School bags should be stored safely under the seat and items are not left in the aisle.
  • Indecent conduct or loud, disruptive or profane language will not be permitted.
  • Play fighting and/or rough play is not permitted at any time.
  • Any damage or vandalism will be paid for by the offender(s).
  • Windows and doors are to be opened or closed only with the permission of the Bus Assistant.
  • If allowed, windows should only be opened to the indicated safety line.
  • All parts of the student’s body shall remain inside the bus at all times.
  • Pets are not allowed on the school bus under any circumstances.
  • Students should not enter or leave the bus until it has come to a complete stop.
  • The school does not have any responsibility for students once they have left the school bus at the designated drop point.
  • Any requests to change to another bus should be submitted in writing using the Bus Request Form. Please note a permanent change can only be effective depending on availability.