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Lower Phase

The Lower Phase (LP) comprises Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, and provides the foundation for all schooling that comes after this vital period in the learning process for young minds.

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In Lower Phase, we lay the building blocks for future success and parents are actively encouraged to share this journey with us.

The Lower Phase curriculum is rich and varied, delivered by specialists in the field of developing young minds. The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are complemented by ICT, History, Geography, Art, Music and PE. For our Arabic students we have sessions where they study their own language and Islam. Non-Arab students benefit from time spent in our Design and Technology area, where specialist teachers help them make models with moving parts and design all types of exciting and wonderful things.

Our teaching and learning is fast paced and thorough with many themed weeks that help bring real world relevance to our curriculum and help to embed learning. An integral part of our work in LP is the celebration of successes regardless of how big or small they are.

Reception

The Reception Year at BSK represents the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Implicit in this is the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning, which is designed to support and challenge the young learner. We recognise that each child is unique and all children develop at different rates with different learning styles and interests.

To cater for this we create unique, secure learning environments with spaces designed to stimulate and excite your child. Activities are planned to provide children with experiences that will ignite interest and stimulate thought. We aim to develop their confidence, foster independence and inculcate a positive sense of self, a respect for others and a positive disposition to learning.

Year 1

In Year 1 we build on the successes of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Students are encouraged to become enthusiastic learners and to set and achieve personal targets. They begin to develop study skills that will serve them for many years and start to reflect on what they have learnt and how they learn.

Students are introduced to National Curriculum Levels which allow students and parents to be more aware of how to advance student learning. Children enjoy a wide range of appropriately challenging learning experiences.

Year 2

Year 2 is an exciting year for our children as they grow in confidence putting their developing reading, writing and calculation skills into practice through stimulating, purposeful, real life learning experiences.

During Literacy our students encounter a wide variety of texts including stories from familiar settings, traditional tales, information books and poetry.  They are immersed in texts through Talk for Writing, an initiative developed by Pie Corbett.

Establishing secure calculation strategies is the focus of Mathematics during Year 2. Towards the end of Term 4 students are given the opportunity to put all their mathematical skills to work during Enterprise Week.

Our science lessons look at the importance of keeping our bodies healthy; identifying, sorting and grouping materials and investigating electricity. Through Humanities, students explore the significance of the sea to Kuwait’s illustrious history. Students also enjoy traveling back in time to study an important event in British history, the Great Fire of London.

An important step that students take in their learning during Year 2 is establishing their ability to self-assess their own progress. Through effective questioning and modelling students can review their work, they identify where they have been successful and areas that they would like to develop further. Together with the teacher, students develop success criteria for the unit of work that they are covering and set targets to enable them to take the next necessary steps in their learning with confidence and purpose.