At Victory Heights Primary School, we are aware that people learn in many different ways; we recognise the need to develop strategies that allow all children to learn in ways that best suit them, whether that be auditory, kinesthetic or visual.
Through our teaching, we aim to:
- Enable children to become confident, resourceful, enquiring and independent learners
- Foster children’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with other people
- Develop children’s self-respect and encourage children to respect the ideas, attitudes, values, and feelings of others
- Show respect for all cultures and, in doing so, promote positive attitudes towards other people
- Help children grow into responsible, independent and positive people
- Foster a love of learning so they develop positive lifelong habits and values.
- We offer opportunities for children to learn in different ways.
Activities are planned which promote:
- Asking and answering questions
- Investigation and problem solving
- Creative thinking
- Critical thinking
- Reflective thinking
These activities are organised in a variety of ways:
- Group work
Inter-year group work
Cross key stage work
Display is highly valued and children’s work across all subjects is celebrated, providing them with a sense of recognition and achievement.
At Victory Heights Primary School, we believe that assessment is an essential part of teaching and learning. The main benefits of assessment enable each teacher to find out what pupils know, understand and can do and then plan appropriate progression throughout all curriculum areas, tailored to the learning needs and abilities of the specific child. Formative and summative assessments take place and regular feedback will be given to parents. Children will be given a National Curriculum level assessment in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. We are also committed to reporting on social as well as academic progress.
How we assess?
As part of Dubai School inspection requirements, VHPS uses internal and external data to track attainment and progress. Using the National EYFS framework and National curriculum in England – children use success criteria in lessons and language for learning to assess their understanding. Teachers then, select statements in all subjects areas that the child is secure on an make a judgment as to whether they are at or exceeding age expectations. Children are also assessed using international benchmark tests.
In Year 3, 4 and 5, CAT 4 and at the end of year 4,5 and 6 – Progress Test. In line with the UAE National Agenda Parameter as a method of monitoring Dubai’s private school’s improvement, external and international benchmarking assessments in TIMS and PIRLS take place for Year 5 children. All of this information gives us a 360-degree picture of children at VHPS and is wholeheartedly taken into consideration to nurture, challenge and inspire.
A progress report to parents goes home at the end of Term 1 and a full academic report at the end of Term 3.
We pride ourselves on regular communication with home alongside the two calendar parent consultation meeting.