UK-syle curriculum, adapted to the international setting
We use the UK curriculum - full details can be found on the official UK Government website.
We place great emphasis on ensuring all children develop a strong grounding in the basic language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. This is an essential building block before they can access other areas of the curriculum, so AWIS has invested heavily to ensure these skills can be developed as quickly as possible.
Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree; this is supplemented with a range of reading materials that are designed to stimulate interest and enthusiasm in our students. Jolly Phonics and No Nonsense Spelling are structured phonics/spelling schemes that support spelling, grammar and handwriting while ‘Big Writing’ by Ros Wilson is the bedrock for our writing programme.
Our core mathematics program is Power Maths; a whole-class mastery program designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help nurture confidence in maths. An essential concept of Power Maths is the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach which highlights the need to provide children with concrete manipulatives. This program gives freedom when we want it and structure where we chose it to inspire a love of maths and to ensure understanding and progression for every child. It has been written to fully support the outcomes of the National Curriculum of England.
It is supplemented with regular opportunities for students to become competent users of the language of mathematics; who can begin to use it as a way of thinking as opposed to seeing it as a series of facts and equations to be memorised. Where possible, we plan opportunities within our IPC units of work for children to put their mathematical skills into practice.