About the Elementary Department
The Elementary Department of the Ahliyyah School supplies the building blocks to begin our students’ education. Our introductory educational strategies will be the foundation on which our students will add layers of knowledge, brick by brick, as they travel through all the grades of our school system.
The department adopted The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme. It encourages the development of international mindedness. Students show the learners’ profile attributes in their character and demonstrate their understanding of the five essential elements of PYP: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and actions.
The department consists of students between the ages of 6 and 11. Our goal is to successfully develop the cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills of each student. Our carefully chosen, time-tested curriculum, accompanied by our varied enrichment programs, will help us reach these goals in each and every one of our pupils.
We provide a stimulating and challenging learning environment for the students by applying advanced education methods, such as cooperative learning, individualized learning, and inquiry-based learning which assure the students’ full engagement in the learning process.
The Ahliyyah School places great importance on the role of the homeroom teachers in grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 because students spend 60 percent of their time in class with them. The homeroom teachers monitor the students’ growth and teach them in Arabic many of the academic subjects, which include Arabic Language, Math, Science and Social Studies. Specialized teachers teach Religion, English, French, Drama, Art, P.E. and Music classes.
Classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards, computers, sound system, ASONA Spray and different resources to encourage active learning and inquiry-based learning to deepen the understanding of the units of inquiry.
The school believes our students should be able to fluently express their ideas in writing and orally in both their first language and the English language. School day starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.
The Ahliyyah School understands that students require different and creative methods of learning. That is why we’ve implemented a co-teacher environment in which each girl has double the opportunity to receive individual attention.
All subjects have two teachers, a “main teacher” and a “support teacher.” The main teacher provides the majority of the instruction for the entire class. The support teacher works one-on-one or in small groups with students to reinforce topics and facilitate understanding. Also, the support teacher works to supply the more-able students with enrichment activities that go beyond what is taught in the classroom. In this way, students that are struggling with a concept and students excelling in class will receive individual work and attention. Both teachers are present for most classes and are there to answer queries and interact with the students on a daily basis.
For more information about the support system at the Ahliyyah School, visit the Al-Kashef Center.
Does your daughter have a flair for the dramatic? She might jump at the chance to experience what the Drama Department has to offer in conjunction with the Counseling Department. Involvement in drama can stimulate students’ creativity in many ways. It can provide an outlet for self-awareness and energy.
The art department is a great way to let out the Picasso in all our students. The students learn basic art mediums, such as painting, drawing, pottery and sculpture. As the student advances, so does her art. Each medium and work is taught within an educational context. At the end of each year, all the finished artwork is collected and displayed. Student work is also entered in various local and international art contests.
Being fit and staying healthy is an important part of our students’ education. We want them to be knowledgeable about their bodies and health. Therefore, our P.E. Department provides a number of classes that combine fun and educational opportunities.
If your daughter walks to the beat of a different drum, she might appreciate music classes. The Music Department provides a holistic approach to music theory, teaching everything from music appreciation and history to instruction on learning how to sing or play a musical instrument. For example, your little Mozart can learn to play recorders or take part in the choir.
Budding politicians get their first taste of democracy in action by running for Student Council Office. Grades 4 and 5 are encouraged to campaign within their classes and, once elected, will represent their class at the Council meetings. They are responsible for bringing up peer problems and discussions from their grade to the Council. Once the Council has discussed the issue and solved it to the students’ satisfaction, it is implemented in accordance with the school’s educational policy and regulations. This role prepares students for leadership roles in the future and helps them accept responsibility for themselves and their fellow students.
Class Performances & Presentations
Grades 1-3 perform songs and play in Arabic, English and in French in front of their parents.
Grades 4 students choose topics of interest related to their units of inquiry and create related PowerPoint shows to present in front of their parents as well.
Students in Grade 5 celebrate their transition from PYP to MYP through the exhibition; where students collaboratively work in groups and are engaged in planning their own unit of inquiry according to their interest. Through the exhibition, students stress on certain issues or problems and come up with actions that can help solve these issues locally or globally. At the end of the unit, students present their understandings and actions in front of the school community to celebrate their success.
The school counselor provides many services for our students. Her office is always open for any student, parent or teacher who needs a counseling session. Also, she organizes one-on-one and group counseling for those who need or request it. She works continuously with the Drama Department to help girls realize their potential and work out any behavioral problems in positive ways. The counseling department organizes classes on taking charge of life and developing self-confidence. The counselor also provides workshops and advice on parenting and educating your child.
Bookworms rejoice! The Elementary Library is filled with about 23,000 books in Arabic, English and French, including periodicals, references and laptops with internet connection. Students are allowed in the library to browse or check out books at all hours of the school day, and many reading activities are conducted to enrich student learning.
Here is a list of some activities that take place:
- Storytelling and related activities
- Readings and talks by local authors and poets
- Bedtime stories
- Classes on the proper steps and organization of a research project
- Trips to bookshops, libraries and book exhibitions
The Library prepares an annual book exhibition to introduce the latest books published.
Picture your daughter in goggles and a white lab coat. She is a participant in a fascinating scientific experiment with her team members – all done under the safe supervision of our hard-working staff, of course.
Our ‘mad’ scientists work in three different labs, designed for chemistry, physics and biology experiments respectively. All lessons and experiments work within the scientific curriculum. Each lab is designed according to the latest international standards. Each comes equipped with all the necessary tools of the trade, so your girls will have hands-on experience with everything science can offer them.
Each classroom in the Ahliyyah School is equipped with the latest in educational technology: the interactive whiteboard. This device, which functions in its simplest stage as an ordinary whiteboard, helps teachers explain concepts and ideas in many visually stimulating ways.
For example, teachers can pull word documents into the IWB and revise the document with the students. They can display pictures and write ideas directly on the pictures. They can allow in-class brainstorming sessions with the help of the Board’s organizational system. They can use the IWB to access the internet, the math and science programs on the school’s servers and do a lot of research. Classes also have sound systems to guarantee that all students can receive instruction clearly all around the classroom.
After School Clubs
One part of the curriculum intrinsic to student development is the set of after-school clubs the Ahliyyah School offers. The school provides the following clubs: SheFighter, Gymnastics, Basketball, Track and Field, Drama, Choir, Band, Art, Archeology, U C MAS and Ballroom Dancing.
Involvement in these clubs helps students shape their personalities, develop self-confidence and discover new talents and interests. Each club caters to a particular hobby, so the girls improve their social skills, communication skills, and leadership abilities.
An hour every week from 2:30-3:30 p.m. is designated activity club hour. Each student may pursue an interest or talent. Joining these clubs is optional and there are extra fees according to the club chosen.
The Archaeology Club was established in 1996 in an attempt to expose students to the rich history of Jordan and the civilizations that developed in this land. The Archaeology Club at the Ahliyyah School was the first school club to join the Friends of Archaeology School Membership Program.
Girls in grades 4-5 learn about conservation and restoration skills, such as reconstructing ancient pots from shards. Their lessons include visits to the national museums to learn about the different periods in Jordan’s history and visits to important archaeological sites, such as Um Qais, Jerash, Ajloun, Ma’an, Kerak and the Desert Palaces.
Students in grades 1 through 5 work with the concepts of storytelling and structured use of imagination. Grades 4 through 6 also use story telling elements, structured use of imagination and the art of impromptu acting. Impromptu acting is the best way to brainstorm and discuss relevant topics and discussions for students. All of this practice and training culminates in plays that showcase their talents and ingenuity.
Sport classes give students a chance to polish their natural abilities and direct their physical and mental energies. Outstanding students are chosen for the school teams in basketball, football, gymnastics and track and field.
Dancing classrooms is a program offered for grade five at ASG and The Bishop's School together where they attend valuable lessons in teamwork, dignity, etiquette, and respect. We are teaching children life lessons that build self-esteem and interactive social skills all wrapped around ballroom dancing.