The Lower Elementary has three grade levels: Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3.
Our goal in the Lower Elementary is to provide a child-centred environment that will foster each child’s development of self-esteem, self-reliance and respect for him/herself and others. In addition, our assemblies introduce students to various wider topics such as study skills, poetry, music, discoveries, achievements and biographies of famous personalities.
Differentiated learning in English, maths, science and social studies (in English) is provided for each class by a Homeroom Teacher. The Homeroom Teacher and the Counsellor are available to help students deal with social and academic concerns. Our Counsellor provides group counselling and meets with individuals. This year we are glad to add a learning support specialist to our child support team.
Other subjects such as Arabic, French, social studies, music, drama, physical education, art and computer are taught by subject specialists.
We have introduced a collection of reading books in Arabic and English, each organized by levels of ability. Students enjoy a variety of cultural and interdisciplinary texts whereby they acquire general knowledge and widen their imaginations by reading books online. All students in the Lower Elementary are also encouraged to read and submit book reports. Our library offers books on a variety of topics of interest to students.The school administers the ACER exams (Australian Council for Educational Research) in English and Mathematics in Grade 3 to help ensure that our students are meeting and exceeding international standards.
The academic programme is enriched by the use of interactive whiteboards in each classroom and many other activities such as the Spelling Bee, Mental Maths, writing contests, social studies contests, Arabic and Special Arabic contests and celebrations of various events.
There is a wealth of activities provided for our students. They may attend an activity of their choice such as art, dancing, ballet, basketball, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), rollerblading, track and field, wall-climbing or football.
In the final year of Lower Elementary, students attend an orientation session in the Upper Elementary where they meet teachers and learn building names and locations.
For more information, please contact Shatha Abu Khalil, Head of the Elementary Section.