Have you considered entry into Year 4?
This is the best opportunity to get into Doha College
Doha College invites prospective .parents and children interested in Year 4 entry to spend a taster morning with our Year 4 team and specialist teachers.
What do Tom Sawyer, Fern Arable, Christopher Robin, and Scout Finch all have in common? Apart from being iconic protagonists who enriched our childhoods with their vivid imaginations and huge strides in understanding the world, they’re all around the age of a Year 4 Doha College student.
Now fully independent, masters of reading and writing, Year 4 students absorb math and science at a mind-boggling rate but are not yet encumbered by thoughts of exams, careers, or even Secondary school (although their parents almost certainly are, and with good reason). This is the age when their minds are exuberantly free, thirsty for exploration, unbridled by future planning, and unafraid of challenges.
At Doha College, students are taught through an approach called “IDL”. Interdisciplinary Learning is an engaging pedagogy that develops a mastery approach, underpinned by rigorous and responsive assessment. It creates authentic and meaningful learning opportunities. For example, if a Year 4 class is studying Ancient Egypt, their core text in English would be based around this topic, as well as science experiments (have you tried mummifying a tomato?).
Mathematics in Year 4 is based on the principles of teaching for mastery. This means we believe in all children having the opportunity to work at the appropriate standard for their age group. It also means that we do not believe in grouping children by ability. Our maths lessons are highly dynamic and allow teachers and pupils to differentiate based on a learner’s performance in an individual task rather than in a predetermined group.
Year 4 students engage in diverse learning contexts ranging from electricity, sound, ancient history, the Vikings, and the Anglo-Saxons, from a variety of angles. Languages, music and PE complement this approach. Students are given ownership of their learning, and teachers ensure each child can develop their interests within these broad topics.
As for life skills, Year 4 children take part in fun and transformative residential trips, with the last few within the expansive DC campus. They learn knot-tying, raft-building, orienteering, go on scavenger hunts, and enjoy exhilarating water games. Teachers put their creativity to the test in bringing into school the outdoor nature of residentials.
If you wonder how your child might feel about joining a new school, hear the reassuring words of our Head of Admissions Sunita Mathew, who talks about transitioning children and parents into the Doha College community.