Welcome to Kindergarten Program
Each group of KG1 and KG2 share a well-resourced central area, where they are encouraged to mix with children from other classes, in their daily free-flow time. The children also have access to a big outdoor playground. In addition to their teacher, each class has its own teaching assistant, as well as weekly sessions with specialist teachers for Arabic, music and PE.
Within the Primary, our curriculum focuses on guiding children through seven core areas of learning: Physical development, Personal, social and emotional development, and Communication and language, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Across those disciplines, our children are presented with a variety of problem-solving activities, designed to help them develop critical thinking skills and enhance their curiosity about the world around them. While safety is paramount, we want to create a nurturing environment to encourage our children to take on tasks and challenges that push them beyond their comfort zone.
At HASIS, we value our sense of community and regularly create opportunities for children in the older years of the school, to come into the classrooms at KG level to help them with their reading and writing. We also invite parental involvement and welcome parents into the classroom to share their expertise and get a snapshot of what their children are doing on a daily basis.
We’ve identified continuity of learning as a key marker for success, so we pay particular attention to the transitions between year groups. Before children start KG1, we invite them for a stay and play session to help settle them in, and when it’s time for them to move up to KG2, students have jump-up days to introduce them to the next stage.
Welcome to Primary Years
Our curriculum comprises: English, Maths, Science, Arabic (Islamic Studies for Muslim students), French, Music, PE, Swimming, Topic (encompassing Geography and History), Art and Design, Social Studies and Moral Education, with specialist teachers delivering Computing, French, Music, Swimming and PE.
Across every subject, we place an emphasis on independent learning – using a range of creative methods to engage our children’s enthusiasm. This is also the stage where we teach children to work together; developing the 21st century collaborative learning skills that they’ll need in the future.
We encourage investigation and inquisitiveness in our students. At HASIS, it’s not enough to simply know something – we want our children to understand what they’re learning. Although the jobs of the future are impossible to predict, we believe that teaching children to apply what they know to the world around them, and learning with purpose, is the best way to prepare them going forward.
Computing is a key focus throughout the school (we have a generous-sized computer lab). In Years 5 and 6 we take it even further by, introducing limitless learning through our ‘Bring your own device’ scheme. By allowing every child access to use his or her own iPad both at school and at home (modified to ensure total child safety online), we want to encourage them to continue learning after hours and foster an independent approach to knowledge.
As well as striving to ensure that every child has the understanding, readiness and knowledge for their final years in the school and beyond, it’s at this stage that we cement values of leadership and communication that we’ve been instilling in our children from the early years. We provide a series of leadership roles across Upper Key Stage Two (Years 5 and 6) giving children the opportunity to join the school council, become a sports leader, house captain or prefect, or to be elected Housemaster or Mistress.
Welcome to Secondary Years
Subject curricula in Grade 9 and Grade 10 lead to CIE IGCSE examinations at the end of Grade 10. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world's most popular international qualification for 14–16 year olds. It develops successful students, giving them excellent preparation for their next steps in education, and equips them with skills for immediate employment.
The Cambridge IGCSE is recognized by universities and employers worldwide. The Cambridge IGCSE is an internationally based curriculum, allowing teaching to be placed in a localized context, making it relevant in different regions. It is also suitable for students whose first language may not be English and this is acknowledged throughout the examination process. To seek more information about the Cambridge IGCSE, please refer to www.cie.org.uk
The following IGCSE subjects are considered core requirements English, Mathematics, the 3 Sciences, ICT, Arabic Muslim Students will typically take seven IGCSE subjects, together with school-based courses in Islamic Studies and Social Studies is examined by the Omani Ministry of Education. Expatriate Students will be enrolled in two other IGCSE subjects instead of IGCSE Arabic First Language, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic Studies. They will receive Arabic Second Language lessons, which are assessed internally.
In semester 2 students in Grade 8 will be given an opportunity to select the courses they wish to pursue in Grade 9. HASIS does not recommend students “drop” course once instruction has officially started in Grade 9.
Some students will be selected for English First Language. This is a challenging program and students need to have a high level of competency in spoken and written English.Typically, students in Grade 9 and Grade 10 will study the core required subjects described above and one option such as Art and Design, Business Studies, Travel and TourismThe two additional IGCSE subjects Geography and Environmental Management are currently offered for expatriate students.