Head of Primary
Welcome to the Primary School at DBS.
We are a large, thriving Primary school with a committed team of staff who aim to provide academic excellence and skills which will prepare your child for modern life.
Through teaching the British National Curriculum we hope to instil a love of learning in a happy, stimulating environment which inspires, challenges, and encourages independence; where children feel able to take risks and learn from their experiences.
These experiences are delivered through a ‘creative curriculum’ where there is a very clear educational purpose, lessons are imaginative and progress is measured in order to inform the next stage of your child’s learning. Our pupils' needs drive the learning that takes place and we pride ourselves on ensuring that we know our learners and therefore can meet their needs.
There is an atmosphere of fun and happiness at this school that is evident from the moment you walk in. Our pupils are courteous and caring towards each other and motivated to learn. During their time here they grow into confident, well-rounded individuals.
If you have any questions regarding the information here please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Early Year and Foundation Stage (EYFS) provides education for pre-school children (children aged 3 and 4) and Reception (children aged 4 and 5).
At DBS we create a warm and friendly environment allowing your child to play, learn and discover the world around them. The teaching staff believe in allowing each child to develop at their own personal rate. The key ethos of the EYFS is to recognise and nurture every child’s own individuality.
The Areas of Learning and Development
There are 7 overall prime areas of learning
- communication and language;
- physical development;
- personal, social and emotional development.
The specific areas of learning are:
- understanding the world;
- expressive arts and design.
Assessment at the end of this stage is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and this document is used to help plan the children’s learning programme in Year 1.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 Leader
The Key Stage 1 area of the Primary School includes Years 1 and 2. In Year 1 we build upon the Early Years Foundation Stage and continue to develop the early skills of reading, writing and mathematics. In Key Stage 1 our aim is to develop in every child an inquisitive mind and a passion for learning. Our enthusiastic teachers and engaging lessons prepare children for a rapidly changing world, encouraging them to learn through play, problem solving and by taking risks. Children must be aged 5 by September 1st to enter Year 1 and 6 to enter Year 2.
In Key Stage 1 we provide a happy and stimulating environment where children are encouraged to flourish through a full range of academic, sporting and creative opportunities including a breadth of extra-curricular activities. Our starting point is the English National Curriculum for Years 1 to 2 however our experienced teachers and subject coordinators tailor the curriculum to support the needs of all children to enable them to reach their full potential. English is taught by the class teacher and we encourage children to develop a love of reading and they enjoy the chance to visit the school library throughout the week. Maths is also taught by the class teacher and the children are taught to count, write numbers and solve simple problems. Science is another core subject in which children investigate, experiment and evaluate. In addition to the core subjects, the syllabus also includes Qatar History, Music, PE, PSHE, Dynamic Learning and Languages. The Languages department offers Arabic and Islamic Studies to fluent Arabic speakers and Spanish for non-Arabic speakers. Our creative and pupil-centred approach to teaching and learning not only provides children with the necessary knowledge but also enhances their creativity, problem solving, team working and communication skills.
Children are regularly assessed, both formative and summative to identify their next steps. We ensure that progress is tracked and reports are provided every term outlining the children’s achievements and effort. Throughout the year we will have parent consultation evenings however, regular communication between the teacher and parents is encouraged. Homework is given weekly from January in Year 1 and September in Year 2, which enhances the curriculum. In addition, we encourage daily reading at home to improve literacy and enable the child to reach their full potential.
At DBS we share common values of Honesty and Integrity; Family and Community; Diversity; Tenacity, Sense of Purpose and Self-awareness. These values are reinforced through PSHE lessons and weekly assemblies and we place particular emphasis on building self-esteem and have high standards of behaviour and courtesy. The children are rewarded and praised for their effort through the House Points System and the Star of the Week certificate. We have a collective commitment to maintaining a positive ethos and encourage children to take on more responsibility for their actions and their own learning, preparing them for Key Stage 2. We aim to nurture the whole child and inspire them to be responsible citizens of the future.
Every Learner can, needs and wants to achieve.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 Leader
In Key Stage 2 there are four Year Groups, being Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. It covers children who are 7 before September 1st through to 11 years. In Key Stage 2 we build on the excellent foundations established in Key Stage 1, so that by the end of this phase learners are autonomous and ready to take on the challenges of learning within the secondary sector. Children advance significantly academically, socially, morally and culturally and develop greater independence and self-confidence to prepare them to become global citizens in the rapidly changing world.
The national curriculum in England is the starting point for our broad, balanced and challenging curriculum. Catering for all children it aims to build on and enhance a wide variety of knowledge, skills and experiences. The core subjects (English, Mathematics & Science) are taught discretely by the class teacher. There are key objectives that are taught through the lessons which are differentiated to include varying levels of learning ability and styles within a class. Some foundation subjects (History, Geography, Computing, Design & Technology and Art & Design) are taught cohesively through a thematic approach. Other foundation subjects (Physical Education, Music and Languages - French, Spanish and Arabic for first language speakers) are taught by specifically qualified specialist teachers. PSHE (Personal Social & Health Education) is taught through our assembly themes and through lessons in class using the SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects to Learning). Further to this teachers enrich the curriculum by planning a number of visitors and educational trips for the children. Children’s learning is also reinforced and extended through differentiated homework which is given weekly. In addition the children have access to a wide range of learning opportunities.
In Key Stage 2 we aim to nurture the whole child so children’s efforts and achievement both academically and the behaviour, attitudes and values they display are rewarded and recognised through the school wide house points system and awards in weekly assemblies.
Teachers regularly assess children, both formatively and summatively and learners are given personalised targets. At the end of year 6 our learners take the year 6 SATs, a UK based Assessment Task, to assess their progress and performance. Children’s progress is tracked and reports are given every term outlining the children’s achievements and effort. In conjunction with reporting we have parent consultation evenings throughout the year and all teachers maintain an open door policy to encourage regular communication between the teacher and parents.
Please contact me for further information.