Grow, Build, Achieve - Uniting the best of British education with the best of Kuwaiti culture

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Salmiya, Kuwait

06:55 - 14:30

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+965 2225 6777

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Saba St, Block 10

Salmiya, Kuwait

06:55 - 14:30

Sunday - Thursday

Primary

Welcome to Primary

Our KS1 and KS2 pupils (aged 5 – 11 years) follow the English National Curriculum, which is adapted to embrace Kuwaiti culture and values. This curriculum is respected around the world, thanks to the careful structure of each Key Stage, which lays the foundations for a lifelong educational journey.

 

The English National Curriculum is one of the most widely recognised educational programs in the world today. Taught within British and international schools across the globe, it provides many benefits for a school, whose ethos is to provide students with a rich and engaging educational experience and great opportunities in both higher education and future employment.

 

Both academically rigorous and flexible, our curriculum focuses on the core subjects of English, maths, and science, while also expanding knowledge through exposure to music, art, drama, humanities, computer science and languages. We also place a clear emphasis on personal, social, health, and economic (PSHE) education. 

 

At GBA we underpin our curriculum with the teaching of P4C (Philosophy for Children).   This enhances thinking and communication skills, boosts confidence and self-esteem and encourages critical thinking and mature debate. P4C encourages teachers and pupils to think in a caring, collaborative, creative and critical way (the 4C’s of P4C). P4C aims to help children become more thoughtful, reflective and reasonable individuals.

Our Primary

Welcome to Key Stage 1

“Education is not the preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey.

On behalf of the whole team in Years 1 and 2 I am delighted to welcome you to Gulf British Academy! We pride ourselves on developing students with a focus on our core values that enable them to develop confidence and achieve excellence in a holistic manner.

We value the home-school partnership and know that working together will support and enable your child to reach their full potential.

Our well qualified and dedicated staff are committed to providing a safe and nurturing student-centred community that fosters respect for individual differences and ensures a desire to develop a generation of inquisitive students who will become lifelong learners in their various pursuits of excellence.

We are proud that GBA is a happy, stimulating place for learning, where children will be nurtured and their talents are developed and celebrated in many ways and where children are developed into rounded global citizens.

Within KS1 we use independent learning activities to build on prior knowledge whilst extending their experiences and encouraging independence, self-confidence and group cooperation.

We are delighted that you have shown interest in our school for your child’s first steps on the journey of education, and it will be a great pleasure to welcome you to our thriving school community.

Ms L Dreyer

Head of Key Stage 1

Year 1

All classes in Year 1 are well-equipped and pupils have the support of full-time teaching assistants. Each class teacher is responsible for teaching English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Art and P4C (Philosophy for Children). Pupils are also taught P.E., ICT, Music, Arabic and Islamic Studies by specialist subject teachers.

At this stage, phonics is vitally important and pupils will practise this everyday. Teaching focuses on building the basics of language and maths through a varied and exciting curriculum. Children also begin to learn more about the world around them.

In Year 1, homework is flexible. Spellings and reading books are taken home weekly and these should be read and practised at home.  Maths and English homework will be sent home when necessary. At this stage, children should not spend more than 20 minutes on homework as they are already working very hard in school.

Year 2

All classes in Year 2 are well-equipped and pupils have the support of full-time teaching assistants. The class teacher is responsible for teaching English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Art and P4C (Philosophy for Children). Pupils are taught P.E., ICT, Arabic and Islamic Studies by specialist subject teachers.

At this stage, the majority of phonics should be in place. However, phonics classes still take place daily. Emphasis is placed on building further language and maths skills whilst exploring further topics in science and the wider world.

In Year 2, homework and spelling packs are provided each week and should be completed by the following week. Pupils, at this stage, should not spend more than 30-40 minutes on homework as they are already working very hard at school. Pupils will also take home reading books, which they should read daily.ll be sent home when necessary. At this stage, children should not spend more than 20 minutes on homework as they are already working very hard in school.

Welcome to Key Stage 2

I am delighted to welcome you to Gulf British Academy as Head of Key Stage 2.

From Year 3 to Year 6 our children are on an amazing journey of discovery.  Our dedicated teachers are beside them all the way, guiding them as they move from early learners to mature students ready for their Secondary education.

In Key Stage 2 we provide all children with a rich and engaging curriculum and a warm and nurturing environment.  Our highly skilled and experienced teachers build lasting relationships with the children, getting to know each individual, in order to support them on their personal learning journey.  

We value our partnership with parents and encourage communication and collaboration between home and school.  This provides a sense of security for our pupils and allows them to thrive in all areas of their lives.

Our children love school!  The best accolade for us is that the pupils come into school smiling and happy, eager to learn and building friendships that could last a lifetime. It is their energy and enthusiasm that makes KS2 buzz with the excitement of learning and life.

Ms C Vincent

Head of Key Stage 2

Year 3

Year 3 is a crucial milestone in a child’s education. Pupils build upon and consolidate their understanding of the subjects taught in Key Stage 1. Pupils begin to become independent learners taking charge of their own learning. The demands of the curriculum become greater and require a child’s full concentration. All phonics should be in place and pupils should be able to read independently.

In Year 3, we maintain a ‘hands-on approach’ to learning and ensure pupils are immersed in their learning.

Year 4

Year 4 is the year that pupils complete their journey to independence. The curriculum builds upon the learning and development of the previous year. In reading, pupils should progress from reading schemes to become independent free readers and enjoy a wide range of books. Pupils develop further and more complex mathematical knowledge and explore scientific topics in more detail. This year begins to develop a more formal style of learning, but still includes creative, child-centred learning.

Year 5

During Year 5, we develop the formalised, independent focus needed to meet the demands of the next and final year of primary education. Furthermore, pupils should be able to work independently and research extra information to add to their class work. This year also builds upon the grammar focuses, mathematical and scientific concepts needed in the next year and beyond.

Year 6

Year 6 is the final year of primary education and the year where all learning comes together. Learning is consolidated and pupils are prepared for secondary school. In order for the pupils to successfully complete the year, the previous year’s learning should be in place.

This year is one that looks to the future and not the past. Pupils must be able to develop their own learning, set individual targets and work independently. During this year, the pupils take formal SATs exams, which prepare them for their secondary school selection.