As pupils leave the Early Years and join Year 1, they transition into a setting which aims to continue to gradually develop and challenge them. Pupils are encouraged to explore, be creative, confident and curious in a wide range of scenarios. They are excited to learn and supported in being the best versions of themselves.
Pupils will progress through and beyond the National Curriculum in England, towards the attainment targets of Key Stage 1 and 2 and additionally meet all KHDA expectations for Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies.
Pupil well-being is very important to us and to ensure a strong pastoral system and positive relationships class teachers teach their own classes for most subjects. Each pupils is individual and knowing the pupils really well enables teachers to support them more effectively and provide personalised learning. Pupils do however benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers in a wide range of subjects, from French and PE to Art and Music. Special visitors, trips to museums, exhibitions and events during the year vary and enrich their education.
The curriculum in Years 1 to 6 encompasses all of the elements of the National Curriculum in England. There is a clear emphasis on English and Maths as these subjects provide the foundation for other learning and are core to a successful education.
The Read, Write, Inc programme is used across the FS2 to Year 2 year groups to ensure that pupils are given the opportunity to develop their reading at their appropriate level.
A mastery maths programme is used which allows pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason and to solve problems. A great emphasis is placed on mathematical language and questioning so pupils can discuss the mathematics they are doing, and so support them to take ideas further.
The International Primary Curriculum supports our cross-curricular approach, links to out-of-school experiences and to other daily activities, helping children appreciate the role that these aspects of learning play in their everyday lives. It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning. Pupils interests are sparked due to the relevance of the units, the enquiry approach and the skills that they learn.
Brighton College has a prep (homework) policy that begins in Year 1 and is aimed at supporting pupils learning through providing meaningful activities that help develop the pupils understanding of what is happening in class. The prep system is flexible and allows pupils and families to plan it so that it fits into their week and this is another skill that will become more and more useful as pupils get older.
Years 1 and 2
In Year 1, children move from the Early Years Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1.
The end of Foundation Stage assessment (the Foundation Stage Profile) provides a clear benchmark of children's attainment. The assessment profile, together with ongoing teacher assessment, informs planning and teaching across the broader Year 1 curriculum. The profile enables teachers to identify children's performance and progress and helps them plan how to address any gaps in learning. Helping children to recognise their progress maintains their enthusiasm and motivation.
Pupils become more independent and there are growing expectations about what they can achieve. The school calendar has a good mix of special days and events that allow pupils additional opportunities to enjoy their school days.
Pupils in Years 1 and 2 are taught by specialist teachers for Arabic, Islamic Studies, PE, Music, French and Computer Studies
From Year 1 upwards pupils can be involved in the extensive Co-Curricular Activites programme which helps them to develop a range of interests and provides breadth to the curriculum.
Years 3 - 6
Year 3 is the beginning of Key Stage 2 and is seen as a transition year, where the pupils are developing their understanding of how they learn and independence towards the next stage of their education.
Pupils are increasingly encouraged to recognise their progress and to begin to develop more independent ways of working. Teachers provide regular and impactful feedback so that pupils can review their work and continue to develop it to a higher level, setting achievable challenges is important. Motivation and enthusiasm are therefore maintained, as are the strong home-school links and clear lines of communication.
Pupils in Year 3 and above are taught by specialist teachers for Arabic, Islamic Studies, PE, Music, French, Computer Science and Drama.
To compliment the academic subjects there are plenty of sport, music, art, and drama activities available to the pupils and the sports teams regularly compete against other schools and in tournaments.
In Year 5 the preparation for the transition to the Senior School begins. Pupils wear the traditional uniform which includes a blazer and their classroom organisation has a more mature style.
Art is taught by a specialist teacher from Year 5 and Science and Spanish are taught by specialists in Year 6.
A close system of academic tracking operates throughout the Prep School, with external standardised assessments in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.. These standardised tests complement our own traditional teacher assessments and give an accurate picture of the progress of each child.
Pupils competing the Prep School are prepared for their next educational steps and are confident about taking those steps.