At Gulf British Academy, we strive to deliver creative and interactive academic programmes. These are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework for our Pre-KG, KG and Reception classes, and the new National Curriculum in England for Years 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1), Years 3 to 6 (Key Stage 2) and now Year 7 (Key Stage 3).
All subjects are taught in English except for the Arabic programme, which is prescribed directly by the Ministry of Education in Kuwait. Staff also receive continuous in-house and outsourced professional development to ensure that teaching remains focused and effective, and best adapted to meet our pupils’ needs.
We implement various teaching strategies to enhance our learners’ experience. This includes using Talk for Writing, a strategy created by Pie Corbett supported by Julia Strong, which develops children’s writing and speaking skills. Talk for Writing enables children to imitate language structure orally before writing independently.
Alongside this, we use strategies from Alan Peat, a leading educationalist, to further develop our children’s writing and speaking skills. This includes using his ‘sentence types’ within writing. During their time at Gulf British Academy, learners will become familiar with these and use them effectively.
All our teachers are aware of the emphasis we place on phonic knowledge from an early stage in order to develop word reading, spelling and language skills and we base our phonics programme on the Jolly Phonics approach. Pupils who require more general language help will have access to our English Support Programme to help them adapt.
Our teachers also use Guided Reading as a strategy to strengthen and develop pupils’ reading and comprehension skills. During Guided Reading sessions, teachers work with a small group of pupils to coach and guide them as they use problem-solving techniques to read and comprehend texts. Guided Reading promotes and encourages children to become confident and independent readers.
At GBA we use Busy Ant Maths by Collins for the teaching of mathematics from Reception to Year 6.
Busy Ant Maths is an inspiring mathematics programme that not only ensures complete coverage of the National Curriculum but also teaches mastery of the subject through the use of interactive activities, real life examples and games. As part of this programme, pupils are regularly assessed in lessons to allow any gaps in knowledge to be filled.
The Busy Ant Maths Calculations Policy shows you how each concept and calculation is taught in school at primary level. This policy ensures consistency across year groups enabling children to become more confident.
We encourage parents to use this guide for consistency at home too. Download the policy below (Year 1 to Year 6):
Other curriculum areas
At GBA, science, social studies, ICT, Art and P.E. are all taught practically. Social Studies in Years 4, 5 and 6 follow a programme of study that covers the Geography and History concepts relating to the GCC countries as supplied by the Ministry of Education.
Children are given the resources and knowledge to develop their skills and explore the world around them. The curriculum at GBA aspires to be a child-initiated, inquiry based and holistic curriculum where children can become confident and independent learners.
To enhance our school curriculum and enrich children’s learning experiences, we provide varied and exciting activities and events throughout the school year. You can read more about these here.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Pre-KG, KG and Reception classes follow these prime areas of learning and development:
- Communication and language
- Personal, social and emotional development
You can find out more about out Foundation programme on our Early Years page and Policies page.
Curriculum accommodation is made for studies required by the Ministry of Education in Kuwait:
- Islamic Studies for Muslim students with Arabic as a first language
- Islamic Studies for Muslim students with Arabic as an additional language
- Quranic Studies for Muslim Kuwaiti students (optional for non-Kuwaiti Muslims)
- Social Studies of Kuwait.