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Curriculum

Along with other schools in the Orbital Education Group, our students follow a modified version of 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) that meets the needs of our international student body here in Doha.

The curriculum is well balanced, providing time for academic work as well as music, drama and sports. 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 and to follow on to prestigious universities worldwide for success in their professional and personal lives.

Every student in all areas of the school have personalised targets determined from baseline assessments. There is regular monitoring, assessment and reporting to parents on the academic and pastoral progress of each student.

My children are happy at school, they have been progressing academically and socially which speaks to the school environment, the teachers, TAs, admin staff and leadership."

- OIS Parent

Early Years

Early Years Foundation Stage

Ages 3 - 5

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Early Years Foundation Stage caters for students aged 3 to 5 years and is an integral part of our provision. We aim to provide a happy, secure and caring environment in which the students 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 four 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 experiences. Through constructive play, children are taught a solid curriculum which includes the following areas:

  • Personal social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Literacy development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Students 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!

Primary

Key Stage 1 (KS1)

Ages 5 - 7 (Years 1 and 2)

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 KS1.

Key Stage 2 (KS2)

Ages 7 – 11 (Years 3 to 6)

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 student 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.

Secondary

Key Stage 3 (KS3)

Ages 11 - 14 (Years 7 to 9)

Our students will follow a modified version of the English National Curriculum that meets the needs of our international student body here in Doha. Students will develop subject skills, knowledge and understanding, which will lead to success at Key Stage 4 to complete International GCSE courses.

Every student in all areas of the School has personalised targets determined from baseline assessments. As in the Primary School, there is regular monitoring, assessments and reporting to parents on the academic and pastoral progress of each student.

Key Stage 4 (KS4) / IGCSE

Ages 14 - 16 (Years 10 & 11)

Our students will move from Key Stage 3 into studying for their International GCSE course (General Certificate of Secondary Education).

Students will sit their examinations at the end of Year 11, these are recognised throughout the world.

All students will study nine subjects at IGCSE. The following subjects are currently on offer for the 2020 academic year:

Core Subjects (with International GCSE examinations - Pearson Edexcel)

  • English Language & Literature
  • Mathematics
  • One of the following Sciences: Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Complementary Subjects (no examination)

  • Physical Education
  • Qatar History (in Year 10 only)
  • PSHE embedded in the curriculum as part of Form time

Optional Subjects (with IGCSE examinations)

Students are then able to choose from a selection of optional subjects:

  • Arabic first language and Islamic Studies* (6 lessons/week)
  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Spanish

*Compulsory for regional Arabic students only

Choosing appropriate subjects can seem like a daunting task. You and your child will be given opportunities to seek advice and ask questions via the Admissions Team who will introduce you to members of the academic team who will be available to discuss these with you and your child. Please download the International GCSE booklet attached which will explain the subjects and requirements in-depth.

NB: ALL I/GCSE EXAMS INCUR ADDITIONAL COSTS NOT INCLUDED IN SCHOOL FEES.

Sixth Form (KS5) / A Levels

Ages 16 - 18 (Years 12 & 13)

Oryx International School provides a unique educational experience for our Sixth Form students. With the support of our qualified professional team who will help prepare our students, in the two years under their care, for life after school. We are committed towards supporting and guiding each student for their next stage of life, from choosing their future career to their preferred university.

Sixth Form is the first stage in preparing for life after school and as such, students are expected to have a high degree of independence and self-motivation; to have excellent attendance and behavioural records; and to contribute meaningfully towards the school community.

Our students will enjoy a more flexible timetable, further leadership opportunities and enrichment programmes, a personal tutor, their own Sixth Form breakout and specialised study room and common room facilities with their own kitchen, and a unique Sixth Form uniform.

Our Head of Sixth Form will provide our students with the support and career guidance required to help them make the best choice about their future career and university decisions, while our specialist Sixth Form tutors will encourage and support students throughout the year.

As this is a two-year course, students must enrol in Year 12.

Subjects on offer:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Language and Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • BTEC - Engineering
  • BTEC - Performing Arts
  • BTEC - Travel and Tourism

Enhanced Programme

Music Overview - Primary

Years 1 - 6

The music curriculum at Oryx International School is based on the National Curriculum of England.

Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Overview - Primary

Years 1 - 6

The Spanish (MFL) curriculum at Oryx International School is based on the National Curriculum for England.

Physical Education Overview - Primary

Years 1 - 6

The Physical Education curriculum at Oryx International School is based on the National Curriculum for England.

FAQs

What curriculum does the school follow?

The school follows the modified English National Curriculum which is adapted to meet the needs of international students.

What subjects will my child learn?

  • Please read through the various sections under Curriculum for specific year group information.
  • 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 English National Curriculum subjects, which is an integral part of our broad and balanced curriculum. This includes drama, music and art as subjects, students may be expected to take part in school productions where they sing and dance.

All first language Arabic speakers (regional students) 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?

Parents receive written reports on a termly basis and are invited to discuss their child’s progress at ‘Parent Teacher Student Conferences'.

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 classroom?

There is a dedicated full-time Teaching Assistant for Foundation Stage 1 and 2 (FS1 and 2) to Year 2. While there are rotating Teaching Assistants who assist the teachers in Years 3 – 6.

In Secondary, specialised subjects have assistants, such as Science, DT and Art.

Which year group is suitable for my child?

The English National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘Key Stages’ (KS). Foundation Stage 1 and 2 (FS1 and 2) are referred to as Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 (KS1 and 2) as Primary Education and Key Stage 3 and 4 (KS3 and 4) as Secondary Education. We will be opening Years 12 in 2020.

Age

Year

Key Stage

3 - 4

Foundation Stage 1

Early Years Foundation Stage

4 - 5

Foundation Stage 2

Early Years Foundation Stage

5 - 6

Year 1

Key Stage 1

6 - 7

Year 2

Key Stage 1

7 - 8

Year 3

Key Stage 2

8 - 9

Year 4

Key Stage 2

9 - 10

Year 5

Key Stage 2

10 - 11

Year 6

Key Stage 2

11 - 12

Year 7

Key Stage 3

12 - 13

Year 8

Key Stage 3

13 - 14

Year 9

Key Stage 3

14 - 15

Year 10

Key Stage 4

15 - 16

Year 11

Key Stage 4

16 - 17

Year 12

Sixth Form

17 - 18

Year 13

Sixth Form

The English National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘Key Stages’ (KS). Foundation Stage 1 and 2 (FS1 and 2) are referred to as Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 (KS1 and 2) as Primary Education and Key Stages 3 and 4 (KS3 and 4) and Sixth Form (KS5) as Secondary Education. We will be opening Year 13 in 2021.

How do students progress from EYFS to Primary and 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 School, to ensure that our students have a seamless transition from one Key Stage to another.

Do Oryx students have to do homework?

Primary

Home learning is an important part of school life and is necessary to reinforce knowledge, skills and concepts. All children are expected to complete age appropriate homework assignments as set by the teacher. Homework includes specific tasks or ongoing assignments or tasks.

In Primary, home learning tasks will be sent home via the Class Dojo and/or in the Home Learning book. Home Learning will be set on a Thursday and collected back in on a Tuesday.

Please communicate directly with the teacher if you have any queries with regards to your child’s homework assignments.

Secondary

Homework forms an integral part of your child´s education. We constantly review our procedures for homework in light of most effective practice and new arrangements for the curriculum. As an initial guide, we recommend the following advice to parents:

Students should receive homework regularly each week for core subjects (English, Maths and Science). Other subjects vary and teachers may set longer time frames for projects and research topics etc. In general, each homework task should last no longer than 30 minutes. Where specific homework tasks have not been set, students are encouraged to revise notes, research, continue with further reading and preparation of the topics in class.

A Homework timetable will help students and parents to organise homework schedules. This is included in the Student Planner.

Homework should be additional study at home to complement the work done in school time. It should not be excessive and students should not become stressed over this. Students are, however, expected to hand in homework on time and completed to the best of their ability. Students should record the due date for each piece of homework in their student planner.

Flipped learning: sometimes the teacher will ask students to prepare work at home to be discussed later in class. This allows for more time in class to help and support each student’s learning and progress.

What progress, assessments, parent meetings and reports are supplied?

Whilst formal meetings are important, we especially value day-to-day contact with parents. The Class Teachers are always pleased to see parents on an informal basis via an appointment.

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 English National Curriculum.

Attendance and Absenteeism

Attendance

    • Attendance at every timetabled lesson or activity in school is compulsory.
    • The Executive Principal will identify students with less than 90% attendance in a ½ term. This information will be passed onto the Group.
    • Parents will also be contacted and made aware of the situation.
    • If a student’s attendance falls below 90% for a second ½ term, parents will be invited into school for an interview with the KS Leader and recorded on ISAMS
    • If a student’s attendance falls below 90% for a third ½ term, parents will be invited for an interview with the Head of Primary/Secondary. A written warning letter will be issued.
    • If a student’s attendance falls below 90% for a fourth ½ term, parents will be invited for an interview with the Executive Principal to discuss the student´s continued place at school on the grounds of nonattendance and possible lack of academic or social development.
    • Students who fall below 90% attendance within any term may not be permitted to attend school trips or visits.
    • Attendance rates deemed detrimental to a student’s learning may be reported to Qatar Airways and the MoE&HE.
    • If you do keep your child at home, it is important to phone 4036 0063 or email reception@oryxschool.qa the Main Office Reception before 07.30. Let us know that your child won't be in and the reason. We require this for registration purposes. All reasons for absence must be forwarded to the school office by the date of the child’s return to school at the latest.
    • All absences require an explanation from the first day from a parent. Medical absences exceeding three days require a medical note from a doctor. Failure to provide a reason for absence will result in a ‘Non Compliance’ entry on your child’s register, which is subject to review and possible further action by the Executive Principal.

Role of the Parent:

  1. Ensure that their child arrives punctually at school.
  2. Commit to supporting their child achieve 100% attendance.
  3. Request from the Executive Principal any planned absence in advance.
  4. Where possible avoid taking family holidays during term time that will result in their child missing valuable schooling.
  5. Provide a signed note explaining any absence.

YEAR 11

  • It is important to understand that during examinations, including the mock examinations held in December and March of Year 11, any absence must be justified with a doctor’s certificate. With this document it is possible for us to apply to the examination board for special consideration. Please bear in mind that it is unlikely that the examination boards will still award a grade if a candidate has missed an exam – but without a doctor’s note, translated into English, it is impossible to even apply for that consideration.
  • Attendance is extremely important for your child’s learning. It is not advisable to take holidays during term time as your child will miss out on vital learning. It is also very difficult for your child to catch up.
  • Several ‘end of term/year’ events take place in the last week of term, including Award Ceremonies, it is important that your child is available to attend these.

Please note: IGCSE final examinations will take place in May and June. These are set by the UK examination board and are non-negotiable, your child has to write the examination on the date and time set by the board.

Absenteeism Formal Procedure

    • 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 Primary or Secondary Heads will recommend to the Executive Principal 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.