Mosaic International Schools actively engage in “Building a Community of Leaders to Advance the Kingdom”
This is a consistent message to parents, students, teachers and the greater community about the key capabilities, knowledge, skills and values that our students develop throughout their years of education in our school.
This is exemplified by establishing:
- Positive identity and relationships within the school and wider community.
- Thinking, reasoning and communicative skills.
- Innate creativity and problem solving.
- Citizenship and democratic processes.
- Sustainable practice.
Our curriculum recognizes that Mosaic International Schools’ parents expect our educators to provide students with opportunities to develop as creative, healthy and informed global citizens, with the skills necessary to foster a love of learning, and to build positive relationships.
Our school’s learning programs are based on the Common Core Learning Standards.
Mosaic International Schools specify the following learning areas in our curriculum:
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
- Information and Communications Technology
- Emphasis on Literacy
Literacy is the core business of our school. In every room, in all eight key learning areas. Our vision is to ensure that Multinational School Riyadh prepares literate students for the challenges of learning and living in a rapidly changing global society.
At Mosaic International Schools we:
- Value reading and writing, and their role in developing and empowering each and every child in their life long journey of learning.
- Implement explicit teaching practices such as delivering daily reading and writing programs that use a variety of methods, strategies and approaches.
- Continuously monitor and assess to identify learning needs, in order to have each child succeed.
- Continue the teaching strategies used in the early phase of learning into the progressing years.
- Expect high levels of achievement that is appropriate for each child.
- Include the four aspects of a balanced literacy program (modelled, shared, guided, independent).
- Model the love of reading.
- Identify reading books for developmental learning and home learning appropriate to students needs and abilities.
- Immerse classrooms in print.
- Emphasis on Numeracy.
Mathematics has the power to shape the future of a society. It’s the basis of many activities related to everyday living. Our mathematics program draws from the following strands from Common Core Learning Standards:
- Number and Algebra.
- Measurement & Geometry.
- Statistics and Probability.
Our vision is to ensure that Mosaic International Schools prepare students for the challenges of learning and living in a rapidly changing society by:
- Valuing numeracy and its role in developing and empowering each and every child in their journey of learning.
- Implementing explicit teaching practices (demonstrating, modeling, reviewing and reflecting).
- Continuously monitor and assess to identify learning needs in order to achieve in the early phase of learning.
- Expecting high levels of achievement appropriate for each child.
- Include the three aspects of a balanced numeracy program (mental computations, explicit teaching focus, independent learning).
- Balance the use of concrete materials and conceptual learning.
- Our educators implement appropriate strategies necessary to ensure our students will be literate and numerate for life.
PRIMARY SCHOOL core SUBJECTS
Whole School Reading: We foster the love of reading, and develop and assess students’ reading comprehension using various programs and assessments. Various skills, including identifying the main idea, deciphering figurative language and recognizing inferred meanings, are taught. Reading and viewing sessions are based on good literature, songs, poetry and film, where students analyze the deeper meaning in storylines.
Writing: Mosaic International Schools Writing program aims to engage students through the use of cues, help identify text types and prepare them for writing through the identification of emotions, experiences and beliefs. Language, based on the program, is used commonly across all year levels. Through Writer’s Workshops, the children are given time, each session, to plan and write using text types and topics of their choice using strategies taught in the teaching section of the lesson. All students are encouraged to write daily and to enter writing competitions when opportunities arise. To ensure consistency with assessment, year level teachers moderate all students’ written tasks.
Spelling: A whole school approach is used with the teaching of spelling. The three strategies of Sound, Visual and Meaning are taught explicitly. Using various sources such as texts, dictionaries and words charts, students investigate word structure to broaden their written vocabulary. A large part of our spelling program is the use of A Beka Phonics in the Early Years and THRASS Phonics in the Primary Grades.
Speaking and Listening: Students are taught listening and speaking strategies. Articulation and voice projection are developed through opportunities to speak before an audience. Younger students participate in classroom discussion, feedback to the class and ‘Show and Tell’. Older students undertake debates, presentation of projects, plays and speeches at school assemblies.
Science at Mosaic International Schools provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives by using the PHEOC (Problem, Hypothesis, Evaluation, Observation, and Conclusion) process.
The Common Core Learning Standards support students in developing scientific knowledge in specific areas based upon the student’s grade level. In addition to its theoretical applications, students experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them in practical ways. In doing this, they develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods that are relevant to their lives.
The study of Humanities at Mosaic International Schools aim to improve understanding and appreciation of ways we relate to others in our community, in our country and around the world. This area of the curriculum promotes knowledge, attitudes, values and skills that enable our students to participate as active and informed citizens in a global society. Our students deal with issues regarding social justice and ecological and sustainable development. They have active involvement in acquiring knowledge and making decisions and choices through inquiry based methodologies.
Humanities provides students with opportunities to develop key ideas and concepts that enable them to understand the way in which people and societies have organized their world under particular conditions.
Economics assists students to better understand how wealth is generated and distributed, and to understand:
- Microeconomic concepts that explain how individuals, businesses and markets operate.
- Macroeconomic concepts that help to explain how a nation’s economy works.
Economics enables students to understand the importance of entrepreneurship and enterprise in generating a healthy economy.
History aims to ensure that students develop:
- Interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work.
- Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies.
- Understanding and use of historical concepts.
- Capacity to undertake historical inquiry and be able to place history in context.
Geography aims to ensure that students develop:
- A sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world.
- A deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Saudi Arabia, Australia, the Asia region and the world.
- The ability to think geographically and apply geographical concepts.
- The capacity to be competent, critical and creative users of geographical inquiry methods and skills.
- As informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable and socially just world.
In the visual arts program, the focus is on giving a well rounded, multi-cultural education including making art, design and composition, art history, criticism, and aesthetics. The emphasis is on art as an adventure! Students learn design and style elements while creating their own masterpieces.
Art lessons can range from simple to complex, depending on the grade level being taught. In the course of one school year, a student will produce art in many forms, including: drawing and painting, printmaking, pottery and ceramics, weaving, mask making, papier-mâché and collage.
Children are given a broad range of experiences of different media. The scheme of work is designed as a comprehensive guide and ensures that children have experience across the whole range of artistic techniques.
We aim to extend the musical knowledge and experience of all the pupils. Children are given opportunities to listen and respond to music drawn from a wide range of cultures and times. Children can enjoy performing each year in assemblies, concerts, music festivals and our International Day.
The benefits of our musical curriculum to the pupils are:
- Enriches and extends a pupil’s learning experience in school.
- Makes pupils more positive about music and music education.
- Results in a lifelong interest in music and wider career opportunities.
In music classes, students engage in a variety of activities including music history and appreciation, and music of other cultures. In addition to group singing, students are encouraged to perform for one another in class and to present written work on assigned topics. Dance and movement are frequently included as part of thematic units.
Health & Physical Education
Physical Education is regarded as an important subject. It is a subject that can educate a child through a variety of physical activities.
By maintaining a basic level of fitness and good health, the children gain huge physical benefits, but also learn important social skills as individuals and as a part of a team.
They learn tolerance, co-operation, how to accept and hold responsibility and how to win and lose gracefully, to name a few.
The Physical Education Department provides well balanced and enjoyable programs for all students. The program is designed to improve the fitness of the students, to introduce them to new games skills and to introduce them to individual or team activities which they might wish to carry on after they leave school.
The Physical Education Department Aims to:
- Offer all pupils opportunities to experience differing sporting environments and challenges underlying the values of both team and individual games.
- Endeavor to fulfill the needs of all participants regardless of ability.
- Assist the socialization of the pupils by providing co-operative and competitive situations in which they work together, help each other and share experiences, through fair play and good sportsmanship.
- Provide a broad base and well balanced program of physical education.
Students will be exposed to two different languages: French and Spanish. Communication is enhanced by providing opportunities for students to interact with one another individually, and as small and large groups.
This structure will ensure the provision of a balanced Spanish or French curriculum that is suitable for all nationalities.
This course focuses on introducing learners to the French language. It teaches a combination of skills to emphasize effective communication using the language.
This course focuses on introducing learners to the Spanish language. It teaches a combination of skills to emphasize effective communication using the language.
Information Computer Technology
Our aim is that children should understand how I.C.T. can be used to communicate and handle information, control and monitor events, and model real and imaginary situations. Information and communication technology is a core part of the curriculum and skills in this area are becoming a vital part of preparing children for the world of work.
There is access to the internet throughout the school. Children are taught to use the internet and email safely.
They gain an understanding of internet protocols and strategies for exchanging information, which enables them to share and challenge their own and other people’s ideas and solutions with a global audience. Access to the internet is strictly controlled and supervised.