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PRIMARY SCHOOL

Welcome to the Primary School, where we have a fresh, creative approach to education. Kingfisher Lake Primary School encompasses years 1 to 6 and is a caring, nurturing environment managed and run by a team of professional and dedicated teachers who aim to lay a solid foundation and develop motivated, confident and happy children striving to achieve their personal best in every area of their development. Children are encouraged in their individual areas of strength and areas requiring improvement are closely monitored and developed. They progress rapidly during this phase intellectually, emotionally and socially, developing skills which underpin life-long learning.  With a highly favourable teacher to learner ratio, class teaching predominates in the Primary School Stages and the focus is on developing fundamental Literacy and Numeracy skills through a stimulating and integrated curriculum which is both creative and relevant. Continuing with the same aims as the preschool, this phase ensures the development of all aspects of the child: the physical, emotional, social, cognitive and the spiritual.

CURRICULUM

We follow the British National Curriculum, which forms the foundation of a dynamic syllabus adapted to suit the southern African environment. Whilst key areas of learning (Literacy, Mathematics and Science) remain fairly unchanged due to the global nature of their main elements, other subjects such as History and Geography (Humanities) have been carefully constructed to ensure an up-to-date, relevant learning experience. In the primary school, Religious Education is taught by means of an integrated calendar which, throughout the year, recognizes and respects a number of holy days belonging to different religions.

 Kingfisher Lake International Children’s College is registered with the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) under the Department for Education in England and has priority access to the British National Curriculum including associated assessments and tests. Our year 6 class writes the SATS examinations each year.

Whilst every effort is made to deliver a level of education that is recognized internationally, our aim at Kingfisher Lake is to observe the development of happy, confident, creative children who respect themselves, others and the environment in which they live.

Key Stage 1: Years 1 and 2

Following the excellent foundation set in grade R, our year 1 children enter formal education where the focus is on developing fundamental Literacy and Numeracy skills. We follow a comprehensive, multifaceted Literacy program, which immerses the children in language experiences promoting speech, listening, reading, writing and thinking skills in order to develop creative and critical thinkers who can read fluently and communicate confidently both verbally and non- verbally. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

Children today need to be equipped to participate in an increasingly numerical world and therefore it is crucial for the learners in this phase to gain a strong foundation in basic numeracy. The teaching of Mathematics is integrated with other learning areas and the children are required to apply their numerical understanding to real life situations in order to develop sound problem solving skills.

Kingfisher Lake boasts an outstanding Portuguese syllabus in Key Stage 1 that develops a strong foundation in the language elements, thus enabling learners to be conversant on a practical and written level. This paves the way for Portuguese in Key Stage 2, which encompasses more aspects of the language.

Other subjects include a comprehensive Science program, IT (Information Technology), Music, Art and Kingfisher Lake’s own sustainability subject, Green T (Green Technology). Physical Education forms a part of the weekly program for learners in Key Stage 1, as this is a fundamental part of their development. The importance of physical well-being cannot be stressed enough. The emphasis is on helping children to use their bodies effectively through participation in activities which develop spatial awareness, balance, control, co-ordination and motor skills.

By the end of year 2, our learners have experienced a creative and well balanced curriculum which adequately prepares them to apply their learnt skills to all learning areas offered in Key Stage 2.

Key Stage 2: Years 3 to 6   

This phase builds upon the solid foundation gained in Key Stage 1 at Kingfisher Lake. Here, the stage is set for a more in-depth exploration of the literary world – a love of reading – and a firm grasp on the wonder of Mathematics and its interconnectedness on our planet and beyond.

Portuguese is dealt with in more detail in Key Stage 2, with learners being exposed to more than just the language aspect of the subject. Here the children develop the skills to carry out mathematics, science, history, geography and art activities, all in Portuguese – just as they are doing in neighboring schools in Inhambane. Our learners are equipped to complete the official examinations offered at such schools.

Our provision of a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognize the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Humanities is introduced in this phase, as an official subject. This is a combination of History and Geography, since the two are so closely related. Humanities is a process of discovery and exploration, starting in our local area and moving further afield, gaining knowledge and curiosity about our fascinating world. Geography lessons will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge provides the tools and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.  History classes at Kingfisher Lake helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Mozambique’s past and that of the wider world. It sets out to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching aims to encourage pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgment. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

IT, Music, Art, Green T and Physical Education are all a part of the weekly schedule: a balance of formal, technological, creative and physical activities. A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

School Hours

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2): Monday to Friday from 08h00 – 13h00 daily.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6): Monday to Friday from 08h00 – 13h00 daily, with optional extramural activities until 15h00 Monday to Thursday. (See below)
The teachers are at school by 07h45.

Aftercare

Our aftercare runs Monday to Thursday during school terms from 13h00 – 15h00 on an ad hoc basis and is only available to children in years 1 and 2. This is available as a convenience to parents whose children are enrolled in different phases of the school. These learners may also participate in the Junior Extra Mural programs that are run privately.
Please refer to our Junior Extra Murals chart for details and prices.

Senior Primary Extra Murals

Extra murals are offered to children in years 3 to 6 only. These happen daily (Monday to Thursday) after school, offering the learners further opportunity to enrich their school experience. It also allows parents with children in different phases of the school a chance to collect them at one time.
Most of these activities are no extra cost, only where external expertise, transport and equipment is required. The availability and variety of activities change termly, so this information will be made available with the approach of each new term.
Please see your child’s class timetable for the days on which he or she may participate in Extra Murals. Years 3 and 4 activities take place twice a week and years 5 and 6 activities occur three days per week. All children finish school at 13h00 on a Friday.