Along with other schools in the Orbital Education Group, the Oryx International School, bases its programme on the English National Curriculum, the body of skills and knowledge approved by the British Government and taught throughout England and Wales, as well as international schools worldwide.
High academic standards depend on a good working environment and a willing student. The school is lucky to have excellent facilities and educational resources. The programme is well balanced, providing time for music, drama and sports as well as academic work. Our teaching approach has the flexibility and adaptability to underpin a sound academic English language education, which prepares students to move from Primary into Secondary school, to follow on to prestigious universities worldwide and for success in their professional and personal lives.
Children aged 4 and 5 are welcome into our Early Years Foundation Stage 2 group.
Once students progress into Primary School, the English National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘Key Stages’ (KS). Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are referred to as Primary Education:
Key Stage 1 welcomes students aged 5 to 7
Key Stage 2 welcomes students aged 7 to 11
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children aged 4 - 5
Early Years Foundation Stage
Our Early Years’ Department caters for students aged 4 to 5 years and is an integral part of our provision. We aim to provide a happy, secure and caring environment in which the pupils feel safe and nurtured. This, combined with educationally stimulating surroundings and activities, encourages our students to develop their inquisitive nature and learn at their own pace.
The EYFS is made up of 4 themes: The Unique Child, Positive Relationships, The Enabling Environment and Learning and Development. These themes are important as they all combine to ensure young children make good, strong progress in their earliest years. This Stage in life is the most important as children’s minds and bodies grow and develop most from birth to age 4.
Our young students gain knowledge through first hand, multi-sensory experience. Through constructive play, children are taught a solid curriculum based on the foundation stage, which includes the following areas:
- Personal social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Understanding of the world
- Literacy development
- Communication and Language Development
- Expressive Arts and Design
Pupils are encouraged to develop abilities such as social interaction, imagination, observation, exploration and investigation. By using these new skills, they will discover how to use numbers and shapes, read books, write, paint, draw, dance and above all enjoy learning!
Key Stage 1
Students aged 5 - 7 years
Years 1 and 2 (aged 5-7 years)
The priority within our Key Stage 1 classes is to ensure that each student’s experiences of school are happy and exciting. Students are encouraged to develop their creative and physical talents, to think independently, and to actively solve problems using their own invention and imagination.
Academic achievement is highly valued, and secure foundations are laid in literacy, numeracy, science and information communication technology (ICT). The school emphasises the importance of traditional educational standards, and basics such as reading and number work are a standard feature of the school day. Students are introduced to specialist teaching in language, physical education and music. A variety of assessment and monitoring of the students' development continues throughout their time in KS 1.
Key Stage 2
Students aged 7 – 11 years
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (aged 7 – 11 years)
The sound academic grounding laid down in Key Stage 1 acts as a springboard for further development through school. The school curriculum is designed to allow students to realise their full potential. The curriculum is structured to ensure each pupil is stretched, challenged and supported when necessary. Our students’ progress is closely monitored at all stages using a variety of internal assessments.
At Key Stage 2, core subjects continue to be literacy and numeracy, but as students’ progress through KS2, they receive increasing levels of specialist teaching in subjects such as languages including Arabic, science, information communication technology, art, music and physical education.
International Diversity and Languages
All age ranges
The curriculum is adapted to suit the needs of the different nationalities of students at Oryx. The primary goal is to ensure a high quality of English language is taught and spoken in the school. We are committed to ensuring an English speaking environment for native speakers and learners of English alike.
The majority of pupils have their skills and competence in the use of their language extended, enabling them to benefit from the experience of working and playing with a global community. We offer additional language teaching so every student also studies Arabic.
What curriculum does the school follow?
The school follows the modified National curriculum of England which is adapted to meet the needs of international students.
Foundation Stage 2 follows the Early Years Foundation Framework.
What subjects will my child learn?
Subjects covered in the curriculum include:
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Languages including Arabic (Arabic Students in accordance with SEC directives) )
- Islamic Studies (in accordance with SEC directives)
- Physical Education (PE)
- History (including Qatari history in accordance with SEC directives)
- Design Technology
- Spanish from September 2017
The school uses a topic-based approach to learning where combinations of subjects are woven into a particular theme. The themes reflect the real world around us which makes learning more meaningful for your child.
The school will follow the English National Curriculum for English and Mathematics, which will be taught as discrete subjects, although learning will also take place through thematic approaches.
The English National Curriculum is proven to advance young learners faster in numeracy and literacy skills than other curriculums.
Does my child have to study all the subjects on offer?
Students are expected to study all of the UK National Curriculum subjects which is an integral part of our broad and balanced curriculum. This includes music as a subject, students will be expected to take part in school productions where they sing and dance.
All first language Arabic speakers have to attend Arabic and Islamic Studies classes which are taught in Arabic and prescribed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
When will I receive feedback about my child’s progress?
Academic reports are issued three times per year and parents are invited to attend parent-teacher meetings each term.
Throughout the school year, student progress is consistently monitored against English National Curriculum standards through accepted benchmark testing methods and internal assessments.
My child speaks little or no English. What support does the school provide?
All our teachers have experience assisting students who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL). Our curriculum is differentiated to accommodate the diverse needs of EAL students. If your child requires additional support beyond that provided within the classroom, this will be discussed with parents on a case-by-case basis.
Will there be teaching support in the class?
There is a dedicated full-time Teaching Assistant for Foundation Stage 2 (FS2) – Year 2
Which year group is suitable for my child?
The English National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘Key Stages’ (KS). Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are referred to as Primary Education:
Early Years Foundation Stage
How do students progress from Early Years to Primary to Secondary?
Throughout their time in Oryx, our students’ achievements are celebrated and monitored. Parents are involved at every stage, and are regularly updated on their child's progress.
The Early Years’ Department works very closely with the school's Primary Department who in turn work with the Secondary Department, to ensure that our students have a seamless transition from one Key Stage to another.
Do Oryx students have homework?
Homework is an important part of school life and is necessary to reinforce knowledge and skills. All Students are expected to complete age appropriate homework assignments as directed by their teacher. Students will be given reading as a part of their weekly homework programme.
What Progress/ Assessments, Parents Meetings and Reports does Oryx have?
Parents are always welcome at school. We believe that good communication between home and school is very important. Whilst formal meetings are important, we especially value the day-to-day contact we have with parents. The class teachers are always pleased to see parents on an informal basis after school.
Parents receive written reports on a termly basis and are invited to discuss their child’s progress at learning review conferences.
We try to provide plenty of information in a variety of ways; these include the Calendar, the newsletter, wall displays, photographs and examples of students’ work.
Does my child have to do After School Activities (ASAs)?
After School Activities are optional and there is no requirement to take part in these classes
What nationality are the teachers?
The majority of teachers are British and trained in the UK. All our teachers are fully qualified, with at least two years’ experience of teaching the National Curriculum of England.
- When a student reaches their twentieth day of absence, a formal attendance letter will again be sent home with the student. The attendance letter will also be emailed to the parents.
- The above procedure will also be followed on the twenty-fifth day of the student’s absence, however, before being allowed to proceed to the next grade level, the student may also be required to successfully complete the next grade level entrance assessment. The decision for placement will rest solely with the school administration.
- After students exceed 50 days of school absence, the principal will recommend to the Head of School that this student’s placement not be continued for the upcoming year. The school will provide a final “excessive absence letter” that will be sent home with the student, and a copy of the letter will be emailed to the parents.
- Teachers will not provide grades to students who are absent more than 25% (approximately 15 days) of a trimester; rather they will receive narrative comments and an N/A in place of grades.
- Absences are not recorded as excused or unexcused. The days absent will be reflected on the report card along with the number of days present and the total number of school days in each trimester. Students on school field trips will not be marked as absent. In order for a student to participate in an after-school activity they must be in attendance for the last two classes during the school day. A student and his/her parents should work closely with the classroom or specialist teacher to ensure that any missed work due to an absence is made up as soon as possible