Year 5 is a very important year for BSK students as it is a time when we prepare students academically and socially for life in the Middle Department.
The Year 5 curriculum is designed to aid students' skills of organisation and encourages greater autonomy and participation in learning. Personalised target setting, discussions of success criteria and student use of National Curriculum Levels is intensified, with an emphasis on students knowing where they are in their learning and what they need to do to improve.
Year 5 pastoral and academic objectives also encourage students to develop the skills and maturity to pass this vital information on to parents themselves on a regular basis, strengthening the home-school partnership.
Many links are made between subject areas. The Humanities topics of Aztecs and Passport to the World as well as the Science topics of Earth, Sun and Moon; Life Cycles; Gases and Changing State are linked with English, Mathematics, Computing and Art throughout the year.
The subject of Social Studies is introduced in Year 5, teaching the children about Kuwait and the Middle East through the use of iPad Minis. To integrate learning and curriculum enhancement we include trips to the Martyrs’ Museum and the Bait AlOuthman Museum, enriching knowledge about Kuwait and its history.
Students participate in Physical Education lessons that link with the Kuwait Foreign Schools Association Competitions (KFSAC), including football, basketball, bench ball, swimming, dance, gymnastics and general fitness. Extra-curricular sporting activities include training for competitions against other schools in Kuwait and the Primary phase Inter-House tournaments. These provide students with an insight into what to expect when they progress into Year 6 and their Secondary PE lessons.
Music continues to be a joy in Year 5 with guitar and keyboard groups leading the way, building on the inclusive work of Year 4. Many of the budding stars hone their performance skills in our assemblies and Gala evenings as part of our Student Leadership Programme, with many more taking part in informal concerts during break times. An increasing number perform daily as part of the Development Orchestra as they play the National Anthem each morning.
Quite deliberately then, Year 5 students are invested with an increasing social responsibility and are encouraged to take on wider school positions, being eligible for appointment to the Prefect team and/or Games Monitors squad or election to the Sports Council and finally the Junior School Council.
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