Grades 1, 2 and 3 - Separate schools for boys and girls aged 6 to 9 years

The goal of the Lower Primary Schools is to ensure that every student masters the fundamental building blocks of literacy, numeracy and communication. Of equal importance is our focus on building their confidence and abilities as curious, creative and collaborative learners, ready for the challenges of Upper Primary.

As a Cambridge International accredited school, we offer an innovative and inquiry-based educational programme for 6- to 9-year-olds in a caring, nurturing and supportive environment.

Implementing best-practice global pedagogical approaches, we take pride in personalising the learning journey of each student according to their unique strengths, aspirations and needs. We provide meaningful and purposeful learning opportunities across all their academic subjects, as well as more broadly, to ensure they acquire the values and skills that will help them become enlightened, critical, creative, and productive members of society.

What do students learn in Lower Primary at Misk Schools?
Our broad and balanced Lower Primary curriculum sets clear learning objectives for students in each grade level. They are expected to acquire, demonstrate, and apply their knowledge and skills in classwork and investigations, and in various other activities in which their achievement is assessed and evaluated. We make sure the curriculum is meaningful to students and that they can see themselves reflected in what is taught, how it is taught, and how it applies to the world.

Learning is supported by print and online resources which include Cambridge books and a plethora of online programmes like CenturyTech, IXL, Nearpod, RazKids, and much more.

Students are assessed through formative assessments and culminating tasks. Feedback on tasks, products and processes is provided orally and in written formats, forming a critical component in each student’s learning journey.

The following subjects are offered in Lower Primary:

• English: The English curriculum encourages life-long enthusiasm for reading, writing and spoken communication. Students develop English skills for a variety of purposes and audiences.

• Arabic: We develop reading, writing and communication skills in Arabic, drawing on children’s literature, Arabi 21, and the Ministry of Education standards.

• Mathematics: The aim of the maths curriculum is to nurture mathematical literacy and develop analytical, problem-solving, and thinking skills in students.

• Science: The Science curriculum helps learners develop a lifelong curiosity about the natural world, enabling them to seek scientific explanations for the phenomena they see around them.

• Islamic Studies: Students follow a project-based curriculum for a deeper understanding of Islam and how it is connected to other subjects.

• Music: Studying Music allows students to explore the subject as performers, composers, and informed listeners. Students make, understand, and appreciate music from different cultures, times and places, which helps them to develop leadership and collaboration skills as well as self-confidence.

• Art and Design: These creative subjects spark imagination, developing transferable skills in students as they explore and push boundaries to become reflective, critical and decisive thinkers.

• Computing: Students learn how the digital world helps us to connect, collaborate, innovate and discover new information on an ever-broadening scale. They also learn how to code and program using a variety of applications with increasing creativity. Importantly, they also learn how to use technology safely and effectively.

• Chinese: The Chinese curriculum develops students’ awareness and knowledge of the world and develops positive attitudes towards cultural differences. Students learn some basic language so they can communicate in Mandarin, as well as learn how to write some Chinese characters.

• Physical Education: Regular PE classes establish good patterns of exercise that provide students with the foundation for an active and healthy lifestyle.

Typical Shape of the Day at the Lower Primary Schools

Morning Parade, Well-being Window and Registration (07:50 to 08:15)
Welcomed by their teachers to the start of each new day, Misk students sing the National Anthem, listen to a reading from the Quran, and notices for the day. This is also when well-being topics are addressed alongside a developing understanding of the High Performance Learning ‘Values, Attitudes and Attributes’.

Period 1 (08:15 to 09:15)
Period 2 (09:15 to 10:15)

Morning Snack / Break (10:15 to 10:50)

Period 3 (10:50 to 11:35)
Period 4 (11:35 to 12:35)

Lunch / Prayer / Break (12:35 to 13:35)

Period 5 (13:35 to 14:35)
Period 6 (14:35 to 15:35)

Co-Curricular Activities Programme (CCAP) (15:35 to 16:35) CCAP are optional for Junior School students.