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 of no more than 24 children 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. Daily phonics and spelling sessions help support children’s progress in both reading and writing.
In numeracy, children practise 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).
In keeping with our beliefs as an IB World School, and because we know children learn best when they can make connections across, and have a context for, their learning, we take a topic based approach to delivering the Science and Humanities aspects of the curriculum. These topics also provide opportunities for children to explore their own religious and cultural heritage as well as that of others. At times, the topic work will also give children the chance to improving their writing skills.
We set great store by the strength of the relationship between home and school. Parents receive regular reports on the progress of their children and our open door policy means that parents are welcome to meet with teachers at any time throughout the academic year. We also regularly invite parents into school to review (often in fun and interactive ways!) the students’ work in their topic and student-led conferences provide yet another opportunity for parents to get a hands-on feel for what their child is working on and how he or she is progressing.
At KISU, we believe strongly that there is a lot more to a world-class education than merely what happens in the classroom. 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. KISU offers a number of outdoor education 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
Again, as a committed IB school, we are keen to develop children’s international mindedness, as well as their readiness to serve their community. Each class has a community service project that the children work on throughout the year. A number of local projects are selected for support and close links are formed through regular visits and fundraising activities, which are targeted at the project’s specific needs.