Lower Primary / Key Stage One

We see the Lower Primary years (Key Stage One) as an important bridge between the fundamentals grasped in the foundation stage and the more rigorous concepts being grasped at Key Stage Two, and we work hard to make the transition a smooth one.

Our curriculum comprises: English, Maths, Science, Arabic (Islamic Studies for Muslim pupils), French, Music, PE, Swimming, Topic (encompassing Geography and History), Art and Design, Social Studies and Moral Education, with specialist teachers delivering Computing, French, Music, Swimming and PE.

The timetable for the three terms looks very different, however, as we tailor it to take into account the rapid developments our children are making at this stage. In the autumn term of Year One, lessons are tailored to mirror FS2, with child-initiated play timetabled in a central area that has been carefully designed to focus on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths). As the children adapt to more formalized teaching and develop their learning stamina, lesson time is extended so that by the summer term, the timetable replicates Year Two, allowing the children to begin the next stage as confident, enthusiastic learners.

“Across the school students develop increasingly strong enquiry skills.”

KHDA Inspection Report 2017

Across every subject, we place an emphasis on independent learning – using a range of creative methods to engage our children’s enthusiasm. This is also the stage where we teach children to work together; developing the 21st century collaborative learning skills that they’ll need in the future. Where possible, we try to make all topics cross-curricular, so that children can put what they are learning into context.

We encourage investigation and inquisitiveness in our students. At Horizon English, it’s not enough to simply know something – we want our children to understand what they’re learning. Although the jobs of the future are impossible to predict, we believe that teaching children to apply what they know to the world around them, and learning with purpose, is the best way to prepare them going forward.

Upper years / Key Stage Two

“Which person, living or dead, has had the greatest impact on the world we live in?” “What does it take to be a CSI investigator?” “Could superheroes really exist in everyday life?” These are just some of the questions we ask our Key Stage Two pupils to consider, as we encourage them to make the links between what they’re learning and the world they’re living in.

We continue to follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales, increasing our children’s time with specialist subject teachers (French, Arabic, Islamic studies – for Muslim students) computing, art and design, music, PE and swimming) and extending their depth of knowledge over the core subjects: English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Moral Education and Topic. We make links between topics wherever possible and provide enriched learning opportunities through school trips, outdoor adventure opportunities and residential trips (in Years 5 and 6).

“Across the school students develop increasingly strong enquiry skills.”

KHDA Inspection Report 2017

Computing is a key focus throughout the school (we have a generous-sized computer lab and introduce it as a specialist subject significantly earlier than many of our contemporaries). In Years 5 and 6 we take it even further by, introducing limitless learning through our ‘Bring your own device’ scheme. By allowing every child access to use his or her own iPad both at school and at home (modified to ensure total child safety online), we want to encourage them to continue learning after hours and foster an independent approach to knowledge.

As well as striving to ensure that every child has the understanding, readiness and knowledge for their final years in the school and beyond, it’s at this stage that we cement values of leadership and communication that we’ve been instilling in our children from the early years. We provide a series of leadership roles across Upper Key Stage Two (Years 5 and 6) giving children the opportunity to join the school council, become a sports leader, house captain or prefect, or to be elected Head Boy or Head Girl. One of our Year 6 children will also be awarded the ‘Spirit of Horizon’ award, marking them out as a person with the self-reliance and resilience to better themselves while involving others.