In KG the children follow a programme in both Arabic and English designed to build a secure foundation for their learning throughout the school and beyond.
Our six well-resourced KG classrooms are grouped around a large central atrium. Each teacher and her assistant teach a group of up to fifteen children.
Learning in KG at The Sultan’s School is based on the United Kingdom Early Years’ Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Omani National education programme.
- To express themselves confidently in both spoken Arabic and English
- Fundamental writing skills
- A firm understanding of basic numeracy
- To work independently and with others
- To take risks and make mistakes
- Think creatively and imaginatively
- Express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations
- To enjoy learning!
The KG curriculum is organised into six areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical development
- Creative development
What can I do to prepare my child for starting school?
Toilet training – We require that KG students can use the bathroom unaided. In the first few weeks there will be someone to help the children in the bathroom and demonstrate good personal hygiene. However, we do expect increasing independence as the term progresses. We suggest that you provide a spare set of clothes to be kept at school, should your child have an accident.
Bed time – Your child will find starting school exhausting. It will be impossible for him or her to reach their full potential if they are very tired. We suggest that as soon as possible, you get them into good sleeping habits, including going to bed at a reasonable time (no later than 7.30 pm at this age.)
Social interaction – It is essential that your child can get used to being with other children before starting school.
Independence in eating – The school will provide a healthy, nutritious snack every morning. Typical snacks include cheese sandwiches, vegetable sticks and cheese cubes, a piece of fruit, Arabic bread and hummus or egg sandwiches. Plain bread or savoury biscuits are offered as an alternative. We also provide fruit juice. Bottled room temperature water is available for students throughout the day. Please ensure that we are fully aware if your child has any type of food allergy.
Preparing for Learning – Our curriculum here is a demanding one and it is vital that children begin to explore and expand their understanding of Arabic, English and mathematics before they start school.
Reading and telling stories to your children is an excellent way to reinforce their appreciation of language and understanding of vocabulary.
Talking about numbers and playing with number patterns helps immensely with early maths skills. Fostering a love of learning in your child is the greatest gift you can give them.
If you have any questions about the work and routines of KG, please contact Ms Mai, the KG Co-ordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org