Primary Stage (Years 1-6)
Green Heights International School ( British Division) aims to achieve high standards in teaching and learning in a fun and well structured environment based on mutual respect and consideration for others. The curriculum chosen is based upon the requirements of both Cambridge international primary programme and the ministry of education for students aged five to eleven (stages 1-6). Our school curriculum aims to promote pupils moral, social and cultural development in order to prepare them for future opportunities and responsibilities.
The Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) provides a framework to develop Mathematics, English and Science proficiency and knowledge in young children. It also provides guidance for curriculum development, classroom teaching and learning, and permits teachers to assess the children's learning as they progress.
The Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) is also an excellent preparation for the following education. It supports the identification of pupil's strengths and weaknesses and supports learning and development. The CIPP also progresses pupils into middle years curricula, such as Cambridge checkpoint and IGCSE thereafter.
The primary program has been designed to be culturally sensitive and includes top quality teaching and assessment resources.
The British curriculum is structured and supported by the CIPP educational material including teacher's resources, textbooks and yearly academic planners.
This English curriculum framework is based on the primary National Curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy that have been implemented in England, but has been designed specifically for teachers and students in the international context.
The curriculum framework is divided into four strands:
- Phonics, spelling, and vocabulary
- Grammar and punctuation
- Speaking and Listening
We create a distinguished environment for our pupils where they excel in language usage; listening, speaking, reading and literature which are handled on weekly basis. Our target is to pave the way for experts to grow.
The science curriculum framework is based on the primary National Curriculum and the optional exemplar schemes of work produced by the Department for Education and skills (DFES) in England for upper primary ( 7 to 11 years )
The Science Curriculum framework is divided into four strands:
- Scientific Enquiry
- Ideas and evidence in science
- Planning experimental work
- Obtaining and presenting evidence
- Considering evidence and evaluating
- Life processes
- Ecosystems /environment
- States of matter
- Electricity and magnetism
- Forces and motion
The Mathematics Curriculum framework is divided into four strands, as shown below.
- Numbers and the number system
- Mental skills
- Problem Solving
- Organizing and Using Data
- Shape, Space and Measures
- Patterns and properties of shape
- Properties of position and movement
Arabic & Religious Studies
The school is committed to teach three compulsory subjects which are:
- Arabic language
- Religious Studies (starting from year 1)
- Social Studies (starting from year 4)
They follow the curriculum prescribed by the ministry of education.
- Arabic: 4 lessons per week
- Religious Studies: 1 lesson per week
- Social studies: 2 lessons per week
The school also provides a weekly lesson of ethics to keep the pupils linked to their local culture.
Pupils are taught French as a third language starting from FS2. Pupils will receive 3 lessons per week.
Pupils are also given 2 sessions per week of the following:
- Physical Education ( PE )
Assessment is part of learning, developing and good planning. Assessment enables both teachers and parents to:
- Track the progress of their students
- Identify strengths and weaknesses within individuals and class groups
- Develop future teaching and support and\or remedy programmes using information from test results
- Use test results to report to parents
Assessment is based on teacher observation, formal term assessments, end of stage progression test and end of primary stage achievement test.
Should a pupil or parent wish to see or review a teacher's grading policy, a meeting is scheduled with the teacher through the stage coordinator.
Key Stage One (KS 1) Years 1 - 2
Classes are based in spacious, colourful classrooms. Our intention in Key Stage One is to provide a secure and happy environment where all of our pupils' needs, emotional, social and academic, are catered for.
Pupils in Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) follow an International Programme, designed to deliver the core subjects to pupils for whom English is a second language. Teaching and learning is planned according to the National Curriculum for England and is supported by a range of high quality books and resources ordered from the UK (Cambridge Set of books) . They develop their speaking, listening, writing and reading skills by following the UK Literacy Framework. They also follow the Mathematics Framework and use British Science schemes. Humanities ; History, Geography and cross-curricular topics which foster knowledge and understanding of the world are all brought alive through practical hands-on experience and regular field trips. In addition to Literacy, Mathematics and Science the pupils follow courses in ICT, Egyptian Studies, French, Arabic, Religion, PE, Ethics and Art. They are also given the chance to Excel in the English language through a special theme in English , where pupils are given listening, fluency, reading and literature sessions once every week.
Key Stage Two (KS 2) Years 3 - 6
Our aim in Key Stage Two (years 3,4,5 and 6) is to build upon the success of Key Stage One and to provide our pupils with a breadth of experience to enable them to become truly independent learners in a challenging environment, whilst continuing to meet their wider social, emotional and academic needs. Pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 continue the International Programme. In Year 6, they continue following the Cambridge International primary program (CIPP) and they are given the chance to sit for Cambridge year 6 Achievement tests in English, Mathematics and Science at the end of year 6 (Primary Check point). The Cambridge International Primary Achievement Test is an externally assessed, internally moderated examination that provides students leaving primary schooling with a certificate of Achievement. The Cambridge International Primary Achievement test is for students at the end of their final year of primary education.
CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) will moderate a sample of scripts, process the results and issue students with statement of achievement.
Yet, the school sets its own exams in all subjects, including the core subjects as well at the end of each trimester. Pupils have to pass the school internal assessments in all the subjects they are studying. In Key Stage 2 we follow the National Curriculum for England. However, we adapt aspects of this to meet our pupils ' needs and to reflect our unique position here in Egypt. Arabic, Religion and Social Studies are taught following the Egyptian Ministry of Education's curriculum. The curriculum in Key Stage two includes the subjects for Key Stage One with the addition of Social Studies from Year 4.
The results of the tests provide teachers with item-level information about student performance. The data can be analyzed to determine where there are particular strengths and weaknesses in individuals or groups of pupils.
Assessment information will be shared formally with parents and sufficient feedback will be given in reports and during parent consultation meetings, so that parents / guardians can have a clear understanding of their child's progress and so that the children are acknowledged for their effort. However, teachers can share the children's progress, informally with parents in children's organizers, or during an appointment.
Student will be awarded a statement of achievement at the end of the primary stage (year 6)
Key to successful learning
One of the keys to successful learning is the aligned curriculum ;this means that learning outcomes are clear, learning experiences are designed to assist student achievement of those outcomes, and carefully designed assessment tasks allow students to demonstrate achievement of those outcomes.
Parents of pupils in Green Heights International School can check on their kids grades online by using Engrade, a new web-based program the school offers .Engrade is our online grading system that allows teachers to post graded assignments and display that information for parents and pupils. It is particularly effective for establishing daily grade communication between pupils, parents, and teachers. Parents and pupils should constantly check the grades.
"Engrade is one important tool that Green Heights International Schools is making available to parents as a means to stay involved in their child's education. We encourage parents to log in to Engrade and take advantage of the many features available,"
The following table represents the marking scale of the Primary Stage:
When a pupil doesn't meet the promotion standards for his or her stage in any of the school subjects, he / she has to attend a summer school.
Parent Conferences: (PTA)
Parent/Teacher Assembly (PTA) are held at the end of every trimester. Prior to these scheduled conferences, academically low achieving students receive a follow up report, notifying parents about the areas of concern. During these conferences, teachers report student achievement in each subject area highlighting areas of strength as well as areas in need of improvement.
GHIS provide regular support using the school's website, worksheets, and revision papers. Homework clubs will also provide extra support in English, Math and Science …
We help all pupils to reach our target level
We follow these steps:
- Identify weaknesses
- Identify strengths of pupil
- change the learning style for our pupils e.g. Kinesthetic, Auditory or Visual.
- Provide him/her activities according to weaknesses and strength with special consideration of learning style.
- Keep track of his/her progress.
- Join remedial classes if he/ she score below 50% in quiz or exam.
We create future leaders …..
The annual school assembly is one of the most important aspects in our school's curriculum. First, it provides us a good opportunity to meet together. It is a symbol of unity of our school. But most important of all is that it helps in developing our pupils' confidence in speaking English in front of a lot of people. Moreover it contributes in building our pupils' social character and helps them to explore their abilities and talents .
Math and Science Fair
GHIS a school that embraces your child's curious nature. Our mission is to empower young minds to understand and improve the world.
GHIS is geared to active learners with a passion for the sciences and mathematics. We provide pupils an inspiring environment to grow, thrive, and explore.
We encourage independent thinking by nurturing the inventive, quirky, and fearless spirits of its pupils. Our vision is influenced by prestigious high-achieving programs such as our annual Science and Math Fair. We grow critical thinking skills by engaging pupils with hands-on, project-based learning.
"A competition makes one strive to do better. It trains to seek out challenges and to endure setbacks."
Debate is one of the best tools that GHIS depends on , to develop oratory and speaking skills in our pupils which gives self-confidence to express themselves effectively and boldly to impress and convince the listeners. Spelling competitions help the pupils to enhance their vocabulary with correct pronunciations whereas quiz gives an opportunity to boost general knowledge, understanding and presence of mind. All these competitions would certainly develop the critical thinking and creative skills which will make them to take appropriate decisions to do the progress in life.
Reading and Writing Festival
As part of our ongoing work to support English learning , we are pleased to be able to run exciting campaigns and competitions every term. The purpose of which are to inspire children to get involved in activities to improve their literacy. Reading and Writing competitions are held throughout the academic year to help our pupils flourish. There is no such thing as a child who hates reading. There are just children who love reading, and children who are reading the wrong books. Our mission is built on helping children learn to read and love to read. We believe that independent reading is a critical part of children's learning and growth. With support from teachers, parents, and schools, children choose the books they want to read ,and discover the pleasure and power of reading. Finding the right book at the right time can light an emotional spark within children that motivates them to read more, understand more, and read joyfully.
Successful Pupils are those who:
- Stay organized (desk, binder, backpack)
- Take notes in all subjects
- Have conversations with teachers
- Set goals (short and long term)
- Take pride in their work
- Ask questions when they don't understand
- Take responsibility for their actions and learning
- Can work on their own
- Can work in groups
- Study with others
- Can make good choices
- Use class time wisely
- Participate in school activities