Key Stage 1 Consists of two year groups, Year 1 and Year 2 for children aged from 5-7 years.
Our curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum which has been adapted to give it greater global significance and include references to our host country, Uganda. Children are taught in small, mixed ability classes, up to a maximum of 25 students, with a teacher and an assistant teacher. In addition, during each week children will meet specialist teachers in PE, French and Music.
The core subjects are Maths, Literacy and Science. At Kampala International School the development of reading and writing are recognised as key skills in education. To ensure that we provide a firm foundation in this area, the children attend small levelled grouped phonics lessons daily. Every six weeks the children are assessed and placed in different ability groups depending on their progress. Knowledge gained is used in the reading and writing activities throughout the week. Mathematics is taught in ability and mixed ability groups and covers mental maths, calculation and word-based problems.
In order to ensure that the curriculum is broad and balanced, children are taught other subjects by both the class teacher and specialist teachers in a topic framework. The subjects include Geography, History, Science, Information Technology, Design Technology and Art. There are also discrete subjects of French, Music and Physical Education. There is a strong balance between creative and physical activities which ensures that our curriculum develops the whole child.
Kampala International School provides children with a rich learning environment by encouraging class trips which are linked to their class topics. We recognise that the world is constantly changing and is quickly becoming a global community. Children are therefore encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage as well as their peer’s traditions. Children who arrive at Kampala International School with little or no English receive support from the EAL department.
At KISU we have an open door policy where parents are able to contribute to their children’s learning by participating in parent involvement mornings.
On the whole, at Kampala International School in Key Stage 1, the children are provided with a warm, friendly, supportive and creative environment where they are encouraged to experience new challenges, overcome fears and reach their full potential.