In progressing to Key Stage 2, an effective transition programme of liaison and information-sharing ensures that children’s learning develops in a coherent and continuous thread from Key Stage 1.
We recognise children’s increasing maturity as learners and adapt our curriculum accordingly to develop and encourage more complex subject matter, research skills and enquiry methods. Our curriculum is still organised largely around topics and these are designed to educate children on a range of local and global themes, historical and contemporary, and encourage academic achievement as well as developing effective and responsible world citizens.
Our core subjects ensure a robust academic programme. We also provide comprehensive opportunities for children to excel in sports and music through the main and extra-curricular programmes provided by our specialist teachers. We aim to ensure that as many children as possible have the opportunity to participate and to represent their school.
To ensure attainment and progress are maximised, we formally assess and monitor results termly in English, mathematics and science. We also benchmark annually against external, standardised tests. This is, obviously, in addition to the on-going formative assessment and feedback teachers conduct on a daily basis to ensure effective planning of next steps in learning. As in Key Stage 1, termly results are analysed in depth by teachers and senior leaders to ensure effective programmes and support are in place where required, whether this be to resolve areas of difficulty or to provide a higher level of challenge. At the end of Year 6, we administer the statutory National Assessments for England which provide the benchmark of attainment.
When Jebel Ali School students transfer to secondary school, they are well-rounded, independent, knowledgeable and confident learners who are prepared and ready for the next phase of their education.