Children are born ready and eager to learn and at AGS we aim to preserve this enthusiasm and enable all children to reach their full potential. We encourage children to play and explore within their environment. We believe they should be encouraged to be active learners who 'have a go' and enjoy achieving what they set out to do. We feel it is vital that children are given opportunities to make choices and express their own ideas.
The Seven Areas of Learning and Development
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in the early years. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
We provide opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We help our children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials including books, poems, and other written materials to ignite their interest.
We provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the World
The children are guided to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children are given opportunities to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. Termly topics are used to influence learning in other subjects and link to real life as much as possible through the IEYC.
Learning a language is a process that requires considerable time and practice; however it is one of the most rewarding things your child can learn in school. The Arabic language classes at AGS are divided into two sections: Arabic for native Arab speakers (Arabic A) Arabic for non-native speakers (Arabic B).
The curriculum for Arabic A follows the Oman Ministry of Education requirements and is enhanced by a range of resources and activities that promote active and purposeful learning. Children are also encouraged to borrow Arabic books from the school library to ensure that they extend their appreciation of Arabic literature.
Islamic Education is a compulsory subject for Muslim students. It is taught in Arabic for Native Arabic speakers and in English for those students who do not speak Arabic as their first language but require Islamic education. The Islamic Department follows the Ministry of Education curriculum.
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