Elementary here at AAG consists of Grades 1 -5. All students begin their day on the pitch as they meet their friends and begin their day socializing and talking about the things they love and building their friendships. Friendship are crucial when it comes to school. They help in having a positive learning environment when you learn something new with a friend, so this time is very important.
As the teachers come out and greet their students and take them to their classes they have casual conversations building that trusting relationship with their teacher as well as they develop their responsibility by putting their bags away and getting out the items they will need for class so that they are ready to learn. Students are prepared to learn as the teacher lays out the plan for the day and when things will be taught.
Students in Elementary, not only have the key, core subjects of Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Arabic, and Islamic but they are provided with classes in PE, Music, Art, Moral Education, UAE History, and CHIPS. The classrooms consist of the teacher working with whole class, or small groups, or even one on one time with students to ensure that they are learning the material. We have special assistants that come in and give extra support and/or provide extensions in learning so that students learn what is required and stay challenged in their learning.
AAG approaches learning as a team where many individuals are working together to ensure that each student is learning, feels safe, can ask questions if they don’t understand, and still enjoy learning.
Extensions in learning also include trips that solidify what students are learning in the classroom to an outside experience. Here are only a few trips that each grade level has experienced.
- Grade 1 - Oli Oli, Sharjah Animal Park
- Grade 2 - Sharjah Aquarium, Adventure World
- Grade 3 - Kidzania, Burj Khalifa
- Grade 4 - Meydan Education, Emirati Women’s Museum
- Grade 5 - Desert Safari, Orbi, Dibba
Teachers and teaching assistants desire is for the wellbeing of the student, from the beginning of the day while they socialize with their friends, to the academic learning, to the break times, to the teacher/student relationship to be one that builds a student's desire and participation in learning, enjoy being at school, and develop respectful relationships with friends and staff in the school.