Primary

Principal's Welcome

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Primary School division of The International Academy – Amman. We are recognised for providing a positive and caring learning environment in which we nurture our students so that they may make the most of their individual potential while aspiring to excellence.

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Primary School division of The International Academy – Amman. We are recognised for providing a positive and caring learning environment in which we nurture our students so that they may make the most of their individual potential while aspiring to excellence.

At the heart of our school is a commitment to our four School Pillars: Acceptance, Duty, Leadership and Cultural Heritage. We believe that these values are essential to the development of the leaders of tomorrow. We take much pride in our Jordanian context and recognise the importance of ensuring that our students develop the skills and attitudes necessary to make positive contributions to an increasingly globalised society.

Fundamental to learning in the Primary School is the establishment of highly proficient numeracy and literacy skills to support the development of deep learning, critical thinking and higher order conceptual understanding. Our group of dynamic and dedicated teachers are highly trained and draw on a broad range of experiences from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

We have been able to choose curricula which best suits the learning needs of our students. Our Early Years students follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. From Grade 1, the English and Welsh National Curriculum is used for literacy and the Australian National Curriculum is used for our mathematics learning while Science, History, Geography and Technology are drawn from the International Primary Curriculum. In addition to instruction from their core teacher, students receive specialist instruction in Arabic, Social Studies, Religion, music, ICT and Physical Education, with the Jordanian Ministry of Education curriculum used for Arabic and Science, Social Studies and Religion taught in the Arabic language.

We believe that technology is a fundamental feature of our students’ lives and hence our students have access to a state-of-the-art computer lab. Our Grade 5 students benefit from a dedicated Bring Your Own Device programme. In addition to utilising a range of productivity suites, our students have access to a range of software programs at school and home. Coding is a key component of our Grade 5 curriculum and a dedicated technology specialist supports the development of this important skill.

Our physical surroundings have a profound impact on our capacity to learn and our classrooms are light-filled and technology-rich. We have a dedicated space set aside for our Pre-K students and there is plenty of space to run, play and explore with access to climbing structures, scootering spaces, a sports, oval and heated swimming pool. These facilities are also utilised through an extensive sports and activities programme.

The Primary School at The International Academy – Amman provides learning opportunities for every student that not only encourages self-confidence and intellectual development, but instil a sense of independence, responsibility and consideration for others. We are proud of our school and encourage you to consider it as an option for your child.

 

Andrew Powell
Primary Principal

Early Years

Concept: The Early years classes from Pre-K to KG2 are based on the latest educational theory, holistic educational concepts alongside modern child-centred learning. These concepts are carefully combined and delivered through a variety of innovative and stimulating activities and adapted to different learning styles.

Concept: The Early years classes from Pre-K to KG2 are based on the latest educational theory, holistic educational concepts alongside modern child-centred learning. These concepts are carefully combined and delivered through a variety of innovative and stimulating activities and adapted to different learning styles.

Teachers: Internationally qualified teachers with expertise in up-to-date early childhood theory. We have selected the best quality teaching staff to deliver our innovative programme from a range of recruitment fairs around the world. Each classroom is staffed by a lead teacher with two Teaching Assistants. A regular relief teacher is supplied in the event of teacher absence to ensure continuity and in line with recognised best practice for young children.

Management: Primary Principal Andrew Powell oversees the development, teaching and curriculum delivery in the Early Years. Mariam Ekhreiwish, the Head of Early Years, is responsible for the daily implementation of teaching and learning and maintaining excellent standards across the Early Years classrooms. Her role also includes a seamless transition from Pre-K, KG1 and KG2 and then further into the Primary School, ensuring children achieve learning goals within a positive and supportive learning environment.

Design Set Up: Our new Pre-K has architecturally designed purpose built classrooms and playground complete with specially designed children's bathroom and sleep room. All Early years classrooms are designed using aesthetic qualities to encourage children to learn in a peaceful yet stimulating environment.

The emphasis is on natural lighting, soft colour palettes, and furnishings that are conducive to encouraging active thinking and learning as well as remaining relaxing and soothing. The latest educational equipment is displayed readily available for children to select to encourage independence and individual choice.

Curriculum: The Pre-K uses the UK Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 curriculum incorporating the seven areas of learning taught alongside carefully selected programmes such as 'Heuristic play' in Pre K and 'Jolly Phonics' in KG1 and KG2. All curriculum delivery is adapted to blend comfortably with Jordanian culture and alongside the Arabic language curriculum. Initially in Pre-K the focus is on the prime areas of Communication and Language, Personal, social and emotional development and Physical development. Once prime area learning objectives are achieved each child moves onto specific learning through the areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive art and design.

Emphasis is on continuous provision of learning using a range of carefully planned activities combined with emergent curriculum theory. Individual targets are set for each child with learning scaffolded to ensure essential learning is completely covered. Teachers regularly observe and assess each child to ensure goals and targets are met and extended. Each teacher uses the Tapestry assessment program on a tablet to provide continuous reporting to parents on each child's individual progress.

Learn more about the Pre-K with this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoIuIcJ-GFY

http://eyfs.info/tapestry-info/introduction#video

Tapestry Booklet - iOS
Tapestry Booklet - Android 

 

Curriculum overviews that are updated regularly follow:

 

KG1:

Curriculum Overview    Arabic 

KG1: 

Curriculum Overview    Arabic   

 

 

Primary Grades

The IAA Primary is divided into three sections for teaching and learning. These sections are as follow:

  • Early Years, consisting of Pre-K, KG 1 and KG 2
  • Primary consisting of Grade 1 and Grade 2
  • Primary consisting of Grades 3, 4 and 5

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is followed in the Early Years section of the school.
The remainder of the school use the following curricula:

The IAA Primary is divided into three sections for teaching and learning. These sections are as follow:

  • Early Years, consisting of Pre-K, KG 1 and KG 2
  • Primary consisting of Grade 1 and Grade 2
  • Primary consisting of Grades 3, 4 and 5

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is followed in the Early Years section of the school.
The remainder of the school use the following curricula:

  • The Australian National Curriculum for Mathematics
  • The English and Welsh National Curriculum for Literacy
  • The International Primary School Curriculum (IPC) for Integrated Studies
  • The Jordanian National Curriculum for Arabic, Social Studies in Arabic and Religion

The aim is to provide a broad and relevant curriculum combining the best of local and international content and ideas.
Curriculum details can be viewed on Rubicon Atlas.

 

A Day in the Life of a Primary Student

As a Grade 5 student, I am in my last year of school in IAA Primary.  We have some very important rules we need to follow.  The teachers always check that we follow the IAA Uniform Policy.  In particular, they check that we are wearing the correct shoes, black, and only wear our PE kit on days we have PE.

As a Grade 5 student, I am in my last year of school in IAA Primary.  We have some very important rules we need to follow.  The teachers always check that we follow the IAA Uniform Policy.  In particular, they check that we are wearing the correct shoes, black, and only wear our PE kit on days we have PE.

We need to be in line-up outside in the Community Square at 7:45 am. The Primary School students always sing the National Anthem and the IAA Anthem - “Our Academy, Our Home” - before we move in line to class. We get our school work out and begin the school day. We follow the healthy eating policy for our breaks. We get two breaks per day. We eat and play outside in our playgrounds if the weather is nice during our breaks. It’s a really fun part of my day! Primary students take music, art, sports, science lab, Arabic, religion and lots more. I especially love my math lessons. We also get to spend time in our big library, learning about books and practicing our reading. When our parents or drivers come to get us at the end of the day, they must have the Family Card with them so that the teachers know that they are sending us home safely. Students on the bus are all taken to the Bus Controller at the end of the day. If any of our parents want to take a bus child home by car, they must organize to do so with the Bus Controller. It is all very organized.

We have many assemblies and other events, such as science fairs, technology challenges and trips outside of the school. Next year, Grade 5 students will be bringing their own laptops to school as part of the teaching programme. Grade 5 students study computer coding, and Grades 3 and 4 learn both Arabic and English typing. We are lucky enough to be able to join clubs twice a year. My favourite is Robotics! We also know that we are going to work hard. We get homework every night and are expected to complete it to a high standard.

The school day is slightly different for my younger sisters in the Pre-K and KG-1. They can come in to school later, until the winter break time. Then they follow the same timetable. They are also allowed to celebrate their birthdays in school, although this has to be organised with the teacher.

At the start of each year, Mr Martin and Mr Walid email home the Parent’s Information Manual. They hold a workshop about it and give out hard copies to anyone who wants them. This contains all the information about A Day in the Life of an IAA Primary Student. You can find that helpful manual here:

 

Primary Parent Booklet 2017-18