THE STAR CURRICULUM

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CURRICULUM POLICY 

Vision

To develop Star members in the local and global community, who are able to lead themselves and others; through their love of independent learning and their compassion for humanity. 

Mission

At Star, we provide the highest quality of teaching using a rich variety of resources and technology underpinned by the National Curriculum of England.

At Star, we actively encourage internationalism; while believing deeply in the values of the ambient community and country. We encourage our pupils to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of a wide variety of cultures and traditions yet still value highly the family school atmosphere in which they will feel known, secure and recognized as individuals.

Introduction

Our commitment is to provide a community of learners, where parents, teachers and children work as a team to enable all to develop their skills to the best of their abilities and reach their full potential. We see parents as senior partners in education of their children.

Our curriculum is committed to enabling all students to access, participate and progress in their learning and achievement.  The curriculum promotes excellence and independence, supporting students to develop understanding of the subject matter, and provides the intellectual tools and strategies to think for themselves.

Aims

Star International School, Al Twar, provides a curriculum, which inspires, challenges and safeguards all our students, and enables them to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a socially and economically positive contribution to society

Successful learners:

  • Have the essential learning skills
  • Are creative, resourceful and able to solve problems
  • Have enquiring minds and think for themselves to process information, reason, question and evaluate
  • Communicate well in a range of ways
  • Understand how they learn and learn from their mistakes
  • Are able to learn independently and with others
  • Know about big ideas and events that shape our world
  • Enjoy learning and are motivated to achieve the best they can

Confident individuals:

  • Have a sense of self-worth and believe in themselves
  • Relate well to others and form good relationships
  • Are self-aware and deal well with their emotions
  • Have secure values and beliefs
  • Become increasingly independent, are able to take the initiative and organise themselves
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Are physically competent and confident
  • Take managed risks and stay safe
  • Are willing to try new things and make the most of opportunities
  • Are open to the excitement and inspiration offered by the natural world and human achievements

Responsible citizens:

  • Are well prepared for life and work
  • Are enterprising
  • Are able to work co-operatively with others
  • Respect others and act with integrity
  • Understand different cultures and traditions and have a strong sense of their own place in the world
  • Appreciate the benefits of diversity
  • Challenge injustice, are committed to human rights and strive to live peaceably with others
  • Maintain and improve the environment, locally and globally
  • Take account of the needs of present and future generations in the choices they make
  • Feel that they can change things for the better.

 National Agenda

One of the National Agenda’s objectives is to see all students reach their potential in all subjects. We have taken this initiative on board and embraced the spirit of the UAE National Agenda. We will modify the curriculum in order to achieve the requirements of

the UAE National Agenda and have made the National Agenda Key Attributes for learning, the Star Attributes and fully embedded them into our curriculum.

Values

We Value:

  • The way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures.
  • The spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
  • The importance of each person in our community.
  • Co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.
  • The rights enjoyed by each person in our society.
  • The importance of fairness and honesty.
  • Equal opportunities
  • Our environment

SEND

We recognize that each child can learn, but may learn in different ways and at different rates.

At Star we are committed to supporting the individual educational needs of all students. Students experiencing difficulties in accessing the curriculum and learning are referred by teachers to the SEND Coordinator, and/or counselor.  Teachers & parents together draw up an individual education plan for each student based upon their observations & results of psycho-educational assessments administered by external professionals.  Students progress is tracked based on their achievement of the ‘I CAN’ targets, and regular summative and formative assessments. The individual educational plan is then reviewed to set new goals.  Based on the learning needs of the referred student, in-class and one to one intervention sessions are provided by the SEND Coordinator  and if required a LSA. The LSAs work with an individual student or small group of students to provide intervention strategies to be implemented within the classroom.

Gifted & Talented

We recognize that learners thrive best in an environment that challenges and nurtures individual strength. Some learners have academic skills, cognitive abilities, leadership abilities and creative talents that differ in degree and dimension from their peers.  We identify these students through our assessment programmes and adapt the curriculum to meet their needs e.g. subject acceleration & opportunities to lead in literacy, sports, science clubs in school. The identified students represent the school in various events & competitions such as Science Magazine, EEG speech competition etc.

Parental Involvement

We understand the importance of parental involvement in their child’s learning and therefore ensure that we build excellent lines of communication with all parents.  Curriculum workshops are offered throughout the year to help parents gain a secure understand of the curriculum.  Through our website parents are able to follow their child’s studies using the curriculum overviews.  Weekly emails are sent to parents to give them a more detailed understanding of concepts covered in lessons, an explanation of homework and additional support work.

Planning
In the Foundation Stage we plan the curriculum to ensure that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the EYFS curriculum.

In Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 full coverage of the National Curriculum of England is further supported and developed by the National Curriculum to ensure that we are meeting UK standards. The curriculum is planned effectively, providing continuity and progression. It promotes an enjoyment of learning and a commitment to learning and achieving.

We plan our curriculum in three stages:

  1. Using the National Curriculum of England subject coordinators create a long-term plan for each key stage. This indicates what topics are to be taught in each year. These are reviewed on an annual basis.
  2. Medium term plans are then created using the EFYS / National Curriculum of England Objectives and subject specific schemes of work. This information is presented in Year Group Curriculum overviews.  Curriculum overviews must be referred to on a regular basis and amended where necessary throughout the year.  These medium term plans are made available for parents on our website.
  3. Short-term plans are those that our teachers create on a weekly or unit basis. We use these to set out the learning objectives for each lesson, and to identify what resources and activities are going to use in the lesson. Within these we also identify key areas of support for SEND and G&T pupils.

Organisation

At Star International School all children are encouraged to continue to develop positive attitudes as learners. A wide range of teaching strategies mean that children are provided with opportunities to work together in whole class teaching sessions, as well as collaboratively in small groups and independently. We promote a creative and active
curriculum in which there are great prospects for both discovery and achievement. This is enhanced by our well-equipped classrooms which all have interactive whiteboards installed. Subjects are taught both independently and where possible, through cross curricular activities which help to excite children in their learning.

Real life & Cross Curricular Links

Innovation and coherent learning experiences are embedded through all aspects of the curriculum to enable students to develop excellent understanding of UAE’s culture and society. Cross-curricular links are meaningful, planned and purposeful. They are managed well in lessons as well as in planned specific curriculum days, such as Maths/Science Data Day, whole school STEM activities, to enhance students’ transfer of learning between different subjects.

The key curriculum subjects include:

  • Literacy (English)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • ICT
  • Arabic
  • Islamic studies (provided for Muslim children)
  • Social Studies
  • Art
  • Music
  • History
  • Geography
  • PSHE
  • French (KS2 & 3 only)
  • Physical Education
  • Swimming

Foundation Stage

We fully support the principle that young children learn through play, and by engaging in well-planned structured activities.

 Key Stage One and Two

Within these Key Stages the curriculum is taught through discrete subjects with cross curricular links throughout.  Geography, History, Music, Art and PSHE are taught within creatively planned topic lessons.

Children are encouraged to think, talk and express how they are learning and what they are learning. Self and peer assessment are tools that are used to encourage self-reflection in order for children to improve their own work. The building of self- confidence is central in all of the above and allows pupils to take ownership of their work, solve problems and undertake new tasks.

Key Stage Three

The secondary curriculum provided by Star International School again provides the children with a broad and balanced curriculum suited to the needs of individual children. Specialist teachers are found in all departments who adopt a creative range of teaching skills and collaborate in order to make cross curricular links wherever possible across all subjects.

Monitoring and Review

Our governing body alongside the schools SLT is responsible for monitoring the way the school curriculum is implemented. This committee reviews each subject area in its cycle of review and development.

The Principal alongside the SLT are responsible for the day to day organisation of the curriculum.

Subject leaders monitor the way their subject is taught throughout the school. They examine planning, ensuring that all classes are taught the full requirements of the curriculum, and that all lessons have appropriate learning objectives. Subject leaders have the responsibility for collecting assessment data from each class and using this data to gain an overview of standards across the school. This information aids them formulate an action plan for their subject and a clear monitoring policy is in place. Subject leaders also have the responsibility for resources, including the way they are stored and managed.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Principal, Senior Leaders, Subject Coordinators, Class Teachers and Governing Body have overall responsibility for the curriculum.

The Principal and Subject Coordinators are responsible for overseeing the delivery of the curriculum through:

  • Regular formal and informal discussions with staff
  • Monitoring planning to ensure curriculum and key skills coverage
  • Carrying out book scrutiny alongside planning and to ensure cross-curricular links are optimised
  • Observing learning and teaching to ensure progress is being made within the topics
  • Regular reviews of the curriculum through pupil discussion and open dialogue
  • Making changes where necessary
  • Formulating an action plan to move the school forward
  • Speaking with the children about their learning
  • Sending out curriculum information to parents
  • Providing efficient resource management for the subject
  • Monitoring pupil progress
  • Supporting and offering advice to colleagues on issues related to the subject

Class teachers must ensure that the curriculum is delivered appropriately and that the aims are achieved for their class. They plan collaboratively to ensure parity across the year group.  Staff make amendments to planning in order to optimise learning opportunities when they arise. Teaching staff are encouraged to further motivate the children and broaden their experiences through additional activities and school trips.

The Assessment Coordinator’s role is to ensure that the progress of each pupil is tracked and that there is appropriate challenge support and intervention.