This stage encompasses years 3-6 with children ages from 7-11 years. We follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales with modifications for our international setting, placing an importance on our host country of Uganda. We aim to create an exciting learning environment which is full of energy, enthusiasm and creativity where children are encouraged to ask questions, explore, investigate and apply their ever-increasing level of skills and knowledge to new situations.
Children are taught in mixed-ability classes with a teacher and assistant teacher. They receive specialist classes in French, Art, ICT, Music and P.E each week. Literacy, numeracy, science, geography, history and PSHE are taught in the classroom.
In literacy, children develop their writing skills through the study of different genres, from plays to poetry to stories. They take part in regular guided reading sessions, which aim to develop their love of reading along with their comprehension and inference skills. Phonics and spelling sessions help support children’s progress in both reading and writing.
In numeracy, children practice and explore the five areas of mathematics—counting and understanding number, calculating, shape and space, measure and problem-solving. Wherever possible, links are made between our foundation subjects like history and geography and the core subjects (literacy and numeracy).
Children learn about the foundation subjects through a series of topics. These expose the children to new knowledge, experiences and skills. The children become specialists in these topics and are given opportunities to share their learning.
Parents receive regular reports on the progress of their children and are welcome to meet with teachers through the open door policy of the school.
If children arrive with little or no English, they receive language support from the English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. Similarly children who require special educational support are assisted through the Learning Support Department.
Once classes have finished for the day, after-school activities begin. We offer a broad range of activities which support and enhance our educational programme and are also great fun. These activities are organised by teachers, teaching assistants and outside agencies.
An important part of our KS2 programme is our community service. A number of local projects/school are selected for support and close links are formed through regular visits and fundraising activities, which are targeted for specific needs.
KISU offers a number of class trips which augment the learning within the classroom. Classes might be away for a few hours, a day or even a couple of days! These trips offer opportunities to enjoy our locality and the beautiful countryside, as well as encourage team building and shared experiences.