KGIS Secondary School caters for students of Grades 6 to 12. Our aim is to help each child achieve his or her full potential and we achieve this with the dedication and expertise of our teachers working with each student’s individual strengths and abilities.
The curriculum followed at KGIS is the English National Curriculum, the Edexcel Exam Board, Supplemented by Omani National Curriculum for our Omani students.
KGIS class sizes are small with a maximum of 24 students in each for the lower secondary. Upper Secondary class sizes vary due to the optional subject choices our students make.
We are looking to enrich our students’ learning and enjoyment for sport. The beginning of this academic year heralded the opening of our swimming pool.
KGIS students have the opportunity to participate in school trips (such as Turkey in 2013) as well as other educational field trips throughout the year to support classroom learning.
Please refer to the table attached for a list of subjects offered.
Subjects taught in Arabic:
The subjects taught in Arabic are Social Studies, Islamic and Arabic.
Social Studies considers the Culture, History and Geography of the region of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. In the senior classes students have been encouraged to produce assignments to teach an aspect of the syllabus to each other.
With Oman being a Muslim country, Islamic plays an important role in the life of the Omani students at the school. Prayer rooms are available to support the Muslim students maintain their faith allowing for prayers at the appropriate time of the day. We also encourage the students to participate in Quran reading competitions. The students who participated were very successful.
In Oman it is compulsory for Arabic to be taken to grade 12 by Omani students. In grade 9 and 10 students do Classical Arabic for their IGCSE exams. In grade 11 & 12 Omani students have a choice of doing the AS and A2 Arabic or if they decide to follow the bilingual course they will do the Arabic course prescribed by the Ministry.
In all classes the methodologies used are in keeping with what the ministry requires; encouraging the students to be thinkers and using questioning techniques to encourage every student to have chance to participate in the class. When beneficial to learning, power points and videos are included to enhance class discussions.
At KGIS we offer English and Spanish as alternate languages. In the bilingual course English is compulsory while in AS and A2 this is not the case and can be elected as an option subject.
The English team is a very dynamic group of teachers encouraging the students to participate in acting and leading the students in producing some dramatic pieces which are edited to be relevant to the school situation. During 'Space Week' the students, with the help of their teacher, produced and acted in an adaptation of “Touched By An Alien”. In the junior grades the students are encouraged to really come to grips with the literature they are reading by doing some exciting activities linked to the work they were studying.
In grade 10 while studying “The Hunger Games” students throughout the school collected cans of food for charity and depending on the number of cans collected, a certain number of water balloons were allocated to be used in the “water balloon war”. The year 7s were studying “Holes” which had a very prominent part linked to a peach pie competition so the students baked various different “peach pies” which were tasted and judged accordingly. The 9’s did a study on “Stone Cold” where an important part was charity work so the year 9’s did some charity work and wrote a report on this, as well as organising a bake sale which over 300 Rials for charity. In the more senior classes modern teaching styles encourage students’ individuality by encouraging them to share their opinions while reasoning, deliberating, and reflecting on the work assigned.
Spanish classes are small and ensure all students get some kind of individual attention. The use of visual aids greatly aids in the learning of the subject and all students are encouraged to participate during the lesson and actually pronounce the Spanish words correctly.
The Mathematics department is very interested in ensuring a high level of understanding in the subject thus teachers use methodologies that enhance understanding. In Mathematics lessons a number of varying methodologies are implemented to try and appeal to all types of learners. The use of interactive white boards and power points cater for the Visual and Auditory learners. The “round the world” style lesson caters for the Auditory and Kinesthetic learners.
It is also important that students get a chance to discuss their mathematics with each other and this is encouraged by using “Think, Pair, Share” style of teaching – students get a chance to think through the problem on their own, discuss with their partner and finally share in a class discussion.
The use of Tarsia Puzzles helps the students solve puzzles at the same time as doing mathematics and so making learning more fun. At the end of one particular unit students produced their own trivial pursuit type game which encouraged revision of the topic. The games are then played by other students in the class.
The use of mini white boards allows for all students to try a problem and for no one to be singled out as having the wrong answer.
The mathematics team also encouraged the use of two websites Edmodo and Myimaths to aid students in gaining a better understanding. Myimaths is a UK based website which the school subscribes to annually. Myimaths provides many different levels of mathematics. Homework is set on this website which students complete and have it marked immediately.
If the students don’t do well the first time they can try again with similar problems until they manage to improve. All the students’ activities are recorded and staff can see how many times a piece of work was tried to gain the percentage grade. This website thus helps encourages students to be responsible for their own learning. The website also provides lessons which can be worked through to help with understanding. Edmodo is used to communicate information to the students. When a PowerPoint is used during lessons these are loaded onto the website allowing students 24 hours a day to access the information. Students and staff can pose questions to the teacher and students respectively. Such questions are answered online.
KGIS boasts 5 science laboratories with a team of specialist teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
General science is compulsory in Grades 6 to 8 and is taught as three separate disciplines. For the bilingual course a science is a requirement and for this reason we do encourage all Omani students to do at least one Science subject for their IGCSE’s. For non-Omani students any or all of the sciences are elective subjects for both their IGCSE’s and/or AS and A2 exams. The nature of science requires a degree of experimentation and so experiments are conducted when necessary and also to aid in the understanding of the theory being covered or to help investigate a concept before being covered in class.
The science teachers use modern technology to aid in their explanations and to help students fully comprehend the content being covered. Students in the senior grades enjoy a field work trip to Dubai where they study coastal landforms such as mangroves and rock pools.
Under the heading 'Humanities' the subjects on offer are: Business Studies, Economics, Geography and History. All are taught by professionals in their field.
Business Studies lessons see the use of discussion current economic affairs as examples to support the various business models being offered. In Business Studies the use of a web based blog created by the senior subject teacher is used to give the students access to all the materials enjoyed during lessons and many more interesting and exciting news worthy business information. The subject, Business Studies is very fluid and one in which the real world examples are very important and are used daily.
Economics is the social science studying the behavior of individuals, households and industry. As with Business Studies, whereever possible, local examples are utilised to make the subject more relevant to the students completing the course.
Geography considers all aspects of the earth’s surface considering the physical land forms and how they are produced as well as the human aspects such as of how cities develop thus considering the impact on the earth. Part of the Geography course requires a field trip to Dubai where aspects of what is studied in class is looked at in the real world. Videos and interactive materials are used to bring the subject alive and to help the students grasp some of the problems faced by humans due to the ever changing physical earth as well as the changing social world we live in.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana). History studies the past in order to help learn from it. It encourages analytical thinking in students who must weigh up both sides of a historical event and argue the pros and cons to try and look at ways to avoid these events from happening again in the future. It is looking at the cause and effect of events with the view to providing some solutions to contempory events. As with Geography the teaching methodologies encourage the students to actively interact with the materials and allow for discussions with the teacher and peers studying the subject.
ICT & Computer Science:
The aim of the IGCSE in Computer Science at the KGIS is to enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the way computers work, and to apply computational skills to think about software and hardware solutions across all social contexts.
Students learn practical skills and gain experience from designing, writing, and testing computer programs which satisfy certain goals. The students also learn to reason, explain and evaluate computing solutions using a range of programming languages such as the very popular 'Python'.
Another important learning experience for the students at the KGIS is to study current and emerging trends in computing technologies, and the impact of these on individuals, society and the environment.
The aim of the IGCSE in Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the KGIS is to enable students to develop and apply skills in the use of application software. KGIS students will learn and understand a range of contexts using Microsoft Office and other related computer software.
Students will develop ICT-based solutions to address challenges, solve problems and develop an understanding of ICT systems in general.
KGIS students develop an awareness of the legal, social, ethical and environmental consequences of the use of ICT systems for individuals, organisations and society.
Art is mandatory for Grades 6 to 8 and can elected for study from Grade 9 with options including IGCSE and AS/A2 or Omani Bilingual Diploma.
Students in Grades 6 to 12 study Art with a specialist art teacher. They explore and develop skills in a range of expressive media and techniques across 2D, 3D and 4D within the genres of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and digital media. Students respond to their local environment as well as other places, objects, events and people including the work and concepts of historical and contemporary artists from diverse countries and cultures. Units of work are devised to engage and challenge students, encouraging creative and confident use of media and approaches so that they increase their own creativity and independence in art making along with enjoyment and understanding of the work of others.
In the art classroom differentiated teaching is very evident; often no two students will be at the same stage in producing their end art piece. Students are encouraged to show their own personalities and interests through the medium of art.
Physical Education is taken in all grades from grade 6 to grade 12. It is compulsory in the junior grades but in the senior grades it can be chosen as part of the bilingual course. We have a very active PE department which encourages all students to participate at some level in physical activities.
Our sporting facilities are expanding with the building of the swimming pool. The Gym is the next stage of the development and should be reading in the near future. Students take part in sports such as: football, basketball, volleyball, athletics, fitness, rhythmic (for girls) and now swimming. The students are encouraged to participate competitively when the students shows a strong enough interest in a specific discipline. We have had some very good results from our athletes during competition. The football team did very well when competing against others schools.