Primary Curriculum

The Australian Victorian Curriculum is designed to develop successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. It is presented as a progression of learning from Foundation – Year 10 that makes clear to teachers, parents, students and others in the wider community what is to be taught, and the quality of learning expected of young people as they progress through school.

Students bring to school a wide range of experiences, abilities, needs and interests. They have a natural curiosity about their world. Their desire to make sense of the world provides a platform to plan and review their learning through interactions with others, experimentation, scaffolding, explicit teaching, practice and play in the classroom and beyond.

The Curriculum focuses on the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Humanities
  • The Arts
  • Languages Other Than English (Arabic and French)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Information and Communications Technology

Literacy

Literacy is the core business of our school. In every room, in all key learning areas we develop literate students for the challenges of learning and living in a rapidly changing society.

We do this by:

  • Valuing reading and writing, and their role in developing and empowering each and every child in their life long journey of learning.
  • Implementing explicit teaching practices such as delivering daily reading and writing programmes that use a variety of methods, strategies and approaches
  • Continuously monitoring and assessing to identify learning needs, in order to have each child succeed
  • Expecting high levels of achievement that is appropriate for each child
  • Including the four aspects of a balanced literacy programme (modelled, shared, guided, independent)
  • Modelling the love of reading
  • Identifying reading books for developmental learning and home learning appropriate to students needs and abilities
  • Immersing classrooms in print.

Numeracy

Our vision is to ensure that Multinational School Riyadh prepares numerate students for the challenges of learning and living in a rapidly changing society by:

  • Valuing numeracy and its role in developing and empowering each and every child in their journey of learning
  • Implementing explicit teaching practices (demonstrating, modelling, reviewing and reflecting)
  • Continuously monitoring and assessing to identify learning needs in order to achieve in the early phase of learning
  • Expecting high levels of achievement appropriate for each child
  • Including the three aspects of a balanced numeracy program (mental computations, explicit teaching focus, independent learning)
  • Balancing the use of concrete materials and conceptual learning
  • Our educators implement appropriate strategies necessary to ensure our students will be literate and numerate for life.

Integrated Curriculum

In organising and delivering the Health, Humanities, Science, Technology curriculums the school has chosen the model of integrated curriculum. This allows the learner to approach a concept from a range of perspectives. For example, when students study the concept of Exploration they can learn about Famous Explorers (History), they can learn to read and create maps (Geography) and they can learn science ideas about the solar system or earth science. Research shows that this leads to deeper knowledge and understanding and is more engaging for students.


Each year the students’ study six integrated topics. These are taught throughout the primary school. The intention is to allow families to engage in conversations across the year groups. At the start of each concept the class teacher sends home to families an overview outlining the specific objectives so that parents know what is being taught. At the end of each concept the school invites parents in for a celebration of learning over the 6 weeks.

Specialist Teachers

The school offers a range of specialist subjects. The options are subject to change as the students progress through the school.

These options include:

  • Dance & Drama
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Languages Other Than English (Arabic and French)
  • Music
  • Perceptual Motor Programme
  • Physical Education including Swimming
  • Visual Arts

Assessment

At Primary School the primary focus of assessment is formative. This allows the teacher to gather data to feed back to the student to improve achievement. Formative assessment tasks may include:

  • Models
  • Charts
  • Digital displays
  • Written story analysis

Although teachers are the main giver of feedback to the student it is also important to involve peers and the student in assessment.

The students also engage in a range of standardised testing activities.

These include:

  • South Australian Spelling Test
  • Writing Samples
  • NGRT Reading Tests
  • NAPLAN
  • GL Progress Tests
  • Basic Facts
  • GL Progress Tests
  • Cambridge Key Stage Tests
  • GL Science Tests
  • Content Knowledge Tests
  • Critical Capabilities Rubrics
  • IQ and Potential CAT 4
  • PASS Student Well-Being
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