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GENERAL INFORMATION

Al-Kawthar International Schools are the only schools in Jeddah authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in French. The PYP is destined for learners in the 2-12 age range and is based on both extensive research and rich experience.

It encourages students to develop their research and discovery skills and leads them progressively to acquire the knowledge and basic skills in six disciplines: language, mathematics, science, social studies, arts and personal, social and physical education.

These disciplines are taught within the framework of a transdisciplinary model that transcends the boundaries of these disciplines and allows students to make connections between them and between what they are learning and their everyday life.

In addition, we consider that understanding and mastering the main concepts of information and communications technology (ICT) as an integral and essential part of student learning experiences in all subjects and at all levels.

KG classes for children under 6 years old consist of: nursery (TPS), KG1 (PS)KG2 (MS) and KG3 (GS). The key aim of our kindergarten school is to encourage your child to become independent, acquire knowledge and skills and prepare him/her for entry into elementary school.

In trilingual education, Arabic and French are taught from kindergarten and from the first year of primary, students discover the learning of a third language (English).

By taking into consideration that children develop differently, our schools recognize and are committed to meeting the diverse needs of students. Indeed, our teachers use adapted teaching strategies and a pedagogical approach based on simple and innovative teaching methods.

A rich and dynamic environment is created for the students, encouraging them to play, discover and explore.

You can find more details on our primary program in our guide:

KIS offers a broad academic curriculum striving for academic excellence, supported by a co-curricular program to develop holistic learners.

The program emphasizes the way content is taught. Asking students key questions that require critical thinking is the driving force behind this program.

The PYP is committed to structured, purposeful inquiry which engages students actively in their own learning.  The PYP believes that students should investigate important subject matter by formulating questions, looking at various means available to answer questions and proceeding with research, experimentation, observation and other means that will lead them to responses to issues.  The starting point is the students’ own understanding and the goal is the active construction of meaning by building connections between students’ experiences and information and using the processes derived from the inquiry in new contexts.

The teacher’s role is to create an educational environment that encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning.  The teacher facilitates the process by asking thoughtful, open ended questions and encouraging students to ask questions, too.  The teacher must model and value inquiry.

WHAT IS THE PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME (PYP)?

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an international transdisciplinary education program conceived to encourage the development of the whole child. It targets learners aged 3 to 12. It starts with Kindergarten and extends to Primary.

The PYP programme is inspired by pedagogical research and the best practices of different national systems, as well as the treasures of knowledge and experience of the international schools to frame a pedagogy that is credible, stimulating, and significant for all children.

THE EXHIBITION

The Exhibition is an important part of the Primary Years Programme for all students. In the final year of the programme, students undertake a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems.

As the culminating experience of the PYP, the Exhibition offers students an exciting opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning.

ACTION

In the PYP, it is believed that education must include not only socially responsible attitudes but also thoughtful and appropriate action. At KIS International School, we strive to provide learners with opportunities to choose, to act, to decide on their actions and to reflect on these actions to make a difference.

Learner action may be taken by an individual learner or by a group of learners working collaboratively. It can begin at the most immediate and basic level: with the learner; within the family; within the classroom, the hallways and the playground or beyond.

LEARNER CONFERENCE

Why does my child do a conference?

Learner Led Conferences involve the learner and their parents. The learner is responsible for leading the conference and taking responsibility for their learning by sharing the process with their parents.

The conference involves the learner discussing and reflecting upon samples of work that they have previously chosen to share with their parents. These samples have been previously selected with guidance and support from the teacher and could be from the learner’s portfolio.