KINDERGARTEN (KG) AND PRIMARY CURRICULUM

The KG and Primary classes (KG1 to Grade 4) are form-based with specialist teachers in Library, Music and Physical Education (PE). Every week the children will visit the library to borrow books and for story telling sessions. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is introduced as early as Grade 1 and the ICT teacher and class teachers oversee the instruction at that level. Art is taught by the class teacher in Kindergarten and by a specialist teacher from Grade 1 and above.

KINDERGARTEN (KG) PROGRAM

Our Kindergarten Program is a half-day program in KG1 and a full day program in KG2. The Kindergarten Program is a child-centered program in which the individual needs, abilities, and interests of the child are met. Our curriculum does not concentrate solely on academic achievements, but also on the physical, emotional and social development needs of children of this age. The Kindergarten section supports a program that includes:

  • Activities to help the child develop independence, concentration, confidence and self esteem
  • Activities to help refine the child’s fine and gross motor skills
  • Activities to help refine the child’s senses
  • Phonics to develop literacy and the basics of reading and writing skills
  • Mathematical concepts taught using a hands-on approach
  • Inquiry based learning to develop knowledge and awareness of the world around them
  • Art, Music, Drama, Speech and Physical Education (PE) to develop the whole child

The areas of development are:

Social/Emotional Development

A great deal of emphasis is placed on learning about ourselves, our likes and dislikes, our similarities and differences and where we are. All this helps to give the children confidence and pride in themselves. Being responsible for themselves is strongly emphasized with the children in Kindergarten. Knowing what is expected of them, the drive to do it, and accepting consequences when it is not done is a skill that will help them in the years ahead. In addition to the above, one of the most important components is developing social interaction skills by playing with friends, making new friends, learning to share the toys and equipment, and treating others fairly. Children must learn that to have a friend you must be a friend first.

Physical Development

Most large motor skills are in place by the time they enter Kindergarten, our emphasis is on the small motor skills.

Cognitive Skills

The academic focus of Kindergarten is to prepare the children for the first grade. This includes a solid knowledge and understanding of the letter-sound relationships, which is a basis for reading. In math, an understanding of numbers and their relationships with each other is a basis for many math skills ahead. The ability to recognize shapes, sizes, patterns, colors, opposites and directional words are all introduced at this level.

Language Skills

This is the foundation for all the other work. The children need to learn the verbal skills to listen, ask question, respond to questions asked of them, and think about what might happen and why. They will also begin the process of writing in Kindergarten.

JUNIOR SCHOOL PROGRAM (GRADE 1 TO GRADE 4)

The CIE Cambridge International Primary Program (CIPP) for English, Mathematics and Science provides the framework for the HASIS Primary School curriculum (Grade 1 to Grade 4), which is in addition to the curriculum from the Omani Ministry of Education for all Arabic subjects. The HASIS Primary School curriculum is based on the best local and international practices where communication skills, confidence building and understanding of the global environment and its challenges are emphasized. To learn more about CIE/CIPP, please refer to:
http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/primary/cambridgeprimary