It can be daunting for students at the beginning of their learning journey. At Doha College, we work hard to ensure each child’s journey is a fun-filled and inspirational one. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on child-initiated learning where our fully trained early years teachers plan lessons around student questions, ideas and interests. Our teachers and teaching assistants instil a passion for learning with students within an environment designed to enhance High Performance Learning (HPL), all delivered through play and active and engaging experiences. This video gives a great flavour of the experiences, daily routine and learning environment students can expect from the Early Years Foundation Stage at Doha College.
This is when students begin a more formal approach to their education, having developed the core skills required in Foundation Stage. Key Stage 1 introduces the core subjects of mathematics, English and science together with computing and the foundation subjects of geography, history, design technology, art, music and physical education. In addition, Doha College also teaches Arabic from Year 1 which continues through all Key Stages. Students learn through a 'topic approach' with enhanced learning opportunities in every area to develop the growth mindsets that nurture High Performance Learning (HPL). During the first two years of Primary, students are encouraged to learn both practically and academically, and all work is monitored to ensure students are making the desired progress. Doha College encourages its students to take pride in their achievements and adopt an independent and self-reliant approach to school, giving particular attention to the social and emotional development of all pupils.
Key Stage 2 comprises the same core and foundation subjects covered in Key Stage 1. During Years 3 and 4, a substantial part of the curriculum is ‘cross-curricular’, meaning that one theme is covered by several subjects. Topics are structured to provide students with the freedom to explore new subjects in a stimulating way, encouraging a natural enthusiasm for more independent learning. Extended learning opportunities continue and provide an opportunity to consolidate and extend the learning that takes place in the classroom. Throughout Years 5 and 6 a greater degree of autonomy and independence is expected from students, during which they are softly encouraged to accept new levels of responsibility and demonstrate leadership skills. Students are encouraged from Year 6 to represent various primary committees. During the latter part of Key Stage 2, subject teaching becomes more defined, especially in the core subjects of English, mathematics, science and computing. As students enter Year 6 they are prepared for the subject-oriented approach of Secondary school and are expected to become more independent in planning and completing their studies.