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A Few Words About KG2

In KG we focus on developing the child as whole with the emphasis on literacy, numeracy, PHSE, expressive arts and design, understanding of the world and Physical education. We believe in laying a good foundation to prepare the children for their academic and personal development. We believe that the classroom should a fun, safe and stimulating environment. As members of staff we believe in being positive role models who bring out the best in the children. Together, with our TA’s we are here to support the children on their learning journey.
The Kindergarten years provide the foundation for all later learning and the development of life skills. Our overall aim is to nurture the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of the children in our care and to prepare them for schooling with the right attitudes, values and habits ultimately, to help your child to become a capable, independent, lifelong learner.

Curriculum :

The children in the Kindergarten Department follow the English National Curriculum Foundation Programme, leading to the implementation of the National Curriculum proper in Grade 1. It emphasizes a holistic approach to child development. The methodology followed is based ion a bilingual (English/Arabic), integrated thematic approach. To give the students the best opportunity to develop their Literacy skills, the Jolly Phonics Programme is followed.

School Hours :

The day for the KG children is from 7.25am to 12.15pm.The children can arrive at 7am for play.At 7.15am they will go to their classes.Any child arriving at school earlier should be supervised by an adult or by an older sibling until the Class Teacher arrives.Please bring your child to school no later than 7.25am.
Please do not leave your child alone or unsupervised in the corridor before 7.15am.

Collecting Your Child Before 12.15pm:

If you wish to pick up your child earlier than the official departure time, please obtain a Permission Form from Reception before arriving at the classroom.

Arrival and Departure by School Bus:

If you wish to have your children bussed to and from school, kindly make arrangements with our Registrar and Administration staff at the school office. Bus children will leave at 12.10pm.

Parent – Teacher Communication:

KG children have a communication book into which teachers will write necessary notes to be communicated to you.Please check this book daily and sign it to show the teacher that you have read it.If you need to communicate back with the teacher, use this also.
Throughout the year there are several scheduled Parent/Teacher afternoons. Dates of these will be communicated to you.
Any appointments to see the teacher can be made through the Administration staff. These appointments will need to be held outside of teaching hours.

Rested and Refreshed:

Please ensure an early bedtime for your child. A range of 8 to 10 hours uninterrupted sleep per night is recommended.

Health and Absence from School:

It is common for young children to have minor illnesses when they first enter school. A general rule of thumb to determine whether your child should stay at home is the presence of a fever.
To avoid the spreading of germs, kindly teach your child how to use a tissue to blow his/her nose, how to cover his/her mouth when coughing or sneezing, how to wash his/her hands thoroughly and how to use the toilet independently.
Send a note or phone the school (24565550) to inform the teacher of any absence from school. If you intend taking you child out of school for more than three days, please notify the school beforehand.
Our school nurse is available in the Kindergarten Department, if your child has any special health needs.

Snack and Meals:

The children are required to bring a healthy snack packed in a lunch box to school every day. Nutritious food is important to support the intellectual development of your child. Small partitions of dried or fresh fruit, vegetables, salads, yoghurt, sandwiches, meat, cheese, rice and pasta will meet your child’s energy requirements. Please include a water bottle every day.
Please do not send the following foods:sweets, chocolate, potato crisps, french fries, soft drinks, cakes, pizza, chewing gum or flavoured milk drinks.For health and safety reasons, peanuts are not allowed in school.
We encourage children to eat their own food and do not allow any sharing of food. If your child is allergic to any foods, please inform the Class Teacher promptly.

Clothing:

KG children have a compulsory uniform. This will consist of a pair of blue shorts and a white t-shirt with the Muscat International School logo on it. This can be purchased from the uniform shop in the administration department. Please send your child to school with sports shoes/trainers to avoid injuries at playtime.

Physical Education :

All the KG children are encouraged to wear the correct PE uniform, with sports shoes, on the day he/she has PE in the Gymnasium.
For new children who have older siblings in the school they will be placed in the same House as them. For other new children, we will inform you which House your child will be in, so that you can buy the correct PE uniform from the school store located on the basement floor. This is open from 7.30 to 8am, 9.10 to 9.40am and 9.50 to 10.20am each day.
We believe that when parents and teachers work together in the early years, the results have a positive impact on the child’s learning and development. We encourage all our parents to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
We are looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year with you and your child.

Communication :

Home and School Communication

Good parent/teacher communication is vital to the education process. If you have a question, concern or complaint parents should first address matters of concern with the class teacher. If a satisfactory solution to any issue is not established then the matter should be raised with the Grade Leader and then to the Head of Primary.
Enquiries about administration, accounts, buses or transferring schools should be directed to the Reception staff in the Front Office.
The following avenues for communication between parents and school are in place:
• All pupils have a Home School Diary
• Class blogs and online portfolios
• Open classroom events
• School and class newsletters
• Various reporting formats, including parent/student/teacher conferences
• Parent information evenings
• The school website (Mis.edu.om)
• SMS messages to parents advising of important events

Contacting Teachers :

The home-school diary is the first method of communication between teacher and parent.
• Teachers will happily discuss small issues with parents in the playground at the beginning and end of the school day. If there are larger issues to discuss, we encourage parents to make an appointment to see the teacher at another time.
• Please phone the school if you wish to arrange a meeting with a teacher during the school day.
• All visitors to school must report to the Reception Desk first and collect a visitor’s badge.
• Teachers are not permitted to give out phone numbers or email addresses, so please don’t ask for them.

Contact with the Primary Leadership Team :

The Head of Primary deals with the operational aspects of the Primary section. Class teachers and Grade Leaders are the main channel of communication for any issues involving students.
Direct contact with the Grade Leaders should occur in any one of the following circumstances:
• you are unsatisfied with your discussion with the teacher regarding the matter concerning your child
• you feel the matter concerning your child is serious enough to warrant immediate action by the administration (i.e. by-passing stage one above)
• your concern is not with the normal classroom learning situation, but is of a general curricular, behavioral or school organizational nature
• you feel there is a sudden emergency situation and contact must be made
Should the need arise the Grade Leader will refer the parental concern to the Head of Primary

Newsletters:

Primary newsletters are published monthly and will be accessible in the Primary section of the website. It is available in Arabic and English. In addition to this Primary and grade notices are published on a weekly basis. Grade newsletters are sent home regularly, usually at the beginning of each unit. Please check your child’s bag for letters on a daily basis as important information may be sent out as an individual letter rather than awaiting inclusion in a newsletter.

Home-School Diaries:

Children in KG 0 to Grade 6 have Home School Communication Diary in which important information about the work being done in class, behaviour and homework is recorded. There is also a reading record in this book, where students and/or parents can keep track of reading which is done at home. Please remember to check the home-school diary daily and sign it weekly. Please check your child’s bag regularly to make sure they have given you any notes

SMS:

The school operates a text messaging service to advise of special events. Please ensure that we have your correct mobile number in our records.

Helping at Home:

Home learning tasks play an important part in consolidating your child’s attainment and developing good learning habits. Each week your child will receive a homework sheet that lists the objectives the class is currently focusing on and sometimes tasks related to these. The expectations for home learning differ between Grades as the children get older. Please speak to your child’s class teacher for Grade specific information. We recommend that all children read daily.

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Reading at Home:

Here at MIS we feel strongly about the importance of reading in every student’s life. Reading is the key that opens so many doors and we strive to ensure that all our students not only learn to read with confidence, but that they develop a love for reading and a respect for books that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
In each grade, students are expected to read every day for a minimum set amount of time in addition to homework. They may read any type of book they like and from any source; books from the library, books assigned by the teacher, books on the internet or books they have borrowed from friends. For younger students, parents and older siblings can assist them during the daily reading time as this will help continue to build their confidence in reading. For every night that they read, students must fill in information regarding what they have read and parents must sign for each night.

• Grade 1 & 2; students should read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night.
• Grade 3 - 6 ; students should read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.

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Making Appointments:

If you have a question or concern parents should first address matters with the class teacher. If a satisfactory solution to any issue is not established then the matter should be raised with the Grade Leader and then to the Head of Primary.
Enquiries about administration, accounts, buses or transferring schools should be directed to the Reception staff in the Front Office.

Uniform & Appearance:

All pupils at M.I.S are expected to wear the correct school uniform. Failure to do so may result in your child being sent home from school.
Enquiries about administration, accounts, buses or transferring schools should be directed to the Reception staff in the Front Office.

Girl's Uniform:

• Navy blue trousers, skirt or pinafore
• White shirt or white polo shirt with a navy blue tabard
• Navy blue zip up jacket with the School Logo (optional, purchased from School Stores)
• Headscarf - white or navy blue
• Footwear – black, closed toe shoes with rubber soles. No heeled shoes and no trainers.
• A cap for outdoor play

Boy's Uniform:

• Navy blue trousers or shorts
• White shirt or white polo shirt
• Navy blue zip up jacket with the School Logo (optional, purchased from School Stores)
• Footwear – black, closed toe shoes with rubber soles. No trainers or football boots.
• A cap for outdoor play
Omani boys may wear either school uniform or National dress - grey dishdasha, ma'ssar or kumma

P.E Kit:

Both boys and girls need to wear the following for P.E lessons.
• Coloured House t-shirt (Purchased from School Stores)
• Navy blue shorts or tracksuit trousers (Can be purchased from School Stores)
• Suitable sports trainers – correctly fitting, rubber soled. No football boots.

Swimming:

When it is your child’s turn to swim you will recieve a letter from their P.E teacher letting you know the dates for this and the items they need at school in order to participate.

Make-Up :

Nail varnish and make-up must not be worn.

Hair :

Hair should be kept neat and brushed well off the face. Girls’ long hair is to be tied back at all times. Boys’ hair should always be kept short, above the collar.

Jewellery :

Pupils may wear a watch to school. Girls with pierced ears may wear one pair of small stud/sleeper earrings. All other pierced jewellery is not accepted. The school is not responsible for jewellery items misplaced or lost at school. All watches and earrings must be removed before the pupils can take part in P.E lessons. Please do not allow your child to wear earrings to school on P.E days if they cannot remove their earrings themselves.
Clothing with logos or slogans are not permitted at school. Exaggerated, provocative, unusual or colored hair styles / footwear / jewellery / appearance are not considered appropriate for school and will not be accepted. Students will be sent home.

School Bags :

Children should bring their belongings to school in a suitable bag. It must be a bag that can be worn on their back and must be suitable to carry school books without damaging them. All children including Grade 1 are expected to carry their own belongings so please ensure their bags are not too heavy. When visiting the Library children must have a blue school library bag (purchased from the School Stores) in order to borrow books.

General Dress Code for Parents and Visitors :

As M.I.S is a public place, all parents and visitors are kindly asked to comply with the normal clothing conventions of Oman. Shorts above the knee, tops that do not cover shoulders and tight fitting clothing are inappropriate and may cause offence. Especially during the month of Ramadan we ask you to dress conservatively and cover up as much as possible.

Forms:

-ICT consent
- Trip consent

Communication and Language:

We will be encouraging children to develop their spoken language through stories and rhymes. They will learn to take turns in conversations and develop their listening skills through a range of games and activities. Children will be encouraged to extend their vocabulary through stories, rhymes and their daily interactions. They will continue to develop their listening and understanding through circle time games.

Literacy:

In Literacy children begin to develop an awareness that words can be broken up into sounds and letters, and that symbols are used to represent these sounds. They also will build an understanding of the alphabetic principal. This knowledge involves using multiple teaching strategies and activities to develop sounds, blending, decoding and building sentences both orally and written. All these skills are intertwined to make them competent readers and writers, critical thinkers and confident speakers.

Numeracy:

In Numeracy the skills we strive to develop are:

  • applying and problem solving
  • communicating and expressing the mathematical concepts
  • understanding and recalling
  • Implementing
  • Analyzing and inquiring

  • The children will engage in these skills by using a hands on approach in small groups to identify and form numbers from 0-20 and place them in order and say which number is one more or less then any given number. They will also identify shapes both 2D and 3D, link numbers to their names, understanding the different concepts of measurements, use basic number bonds, problem solving, counting and time.

    Understanding of the World:

    Understanding of the world looks at the child and its wider community and environment. Children begin to develop of sense of similarities and differences between themselves and others. The topics covered include: All about me, Animals, Plants, Seasons, People who help us, Transportation,

    Expressive Arts and Design:

    We provide opportunities and encourage children to be expressive and creative in their own way. We allow them to express their own thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, dance, role play, drawings, stories etc.

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    Cel's:

    What are CEL’s (Common Essential Learnings)
    • CELs are a set of 10 personal qualities which describe a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success, and are interwoven to help support the students’ in achieving their academic and personal goals.
    • CELs imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.
    Through this focus our students are striving to be:
    • Knowledgeable
    • Inquisitive
    • Thinkers
    • Adventurous
    • Communicators
    • Principled
    • Open-Minded
    • Persistent
    • Compassionate
    • Reflective

    WHY TEACH C.E.L.s?
    • Supporting and developing the unique and universal nature of human learning requires a curriculum framework which responds to both the academic and social/emotional needs of the students.
    • To help every child develop all aspects of their character in order to achieve their full potential.
    • To develop internationally minded people who recognise their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

    After-school Activities:

    At M.I.S we understand the importance of extra-curricular activities. Each year a variety of different after school activities are offered to pupils in Grades 1-6. These are determined by the availability of teachers to organize a particular activity.
    At the start of each term an After School Activities booklet is sent home detailing the activities that are available and the Grades that can participate. Pupils’ along with their parents are asked to fill in their requests on the form provided and return it to their class teacher.
    Every effort is made to provide pupils with the activity of their choice, however some activities are very popular in which case we will operate a waiting list system. Pupils are expected to attend all sessions of their activity for the full period it is offered as holding a place but not attending may cause someone else from missing out.

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    Student Leadership:

    We believe in the personal growth and development of every student. Opportunities for student leadership provide a forum for students to work collaboratively with teachers in some areas of decision-making. Leadership roles include informal classroom based responsibilities and formal school wide roles. Formal positions include school captain, House captain andStudent council representatives in Grades 3-6.

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