Dubai
British curriculum
Ages 3 to 11

Smart Vision School

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CurriculumBritish
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 11
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school is not available for a twelve year old child.

Important notes about this school

SVS will be welcoming pupils into its secondary section, beginning August 2019.

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Number of students

Capacity 1000

Number of nationalities represented in the school

18

Max. number of students per class

20

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic

Use of technology in the classroom

Classrooms are equipped with the latest Epson UI 595wi touch-enabled interactive technology, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity throughout.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students

All pupils applying the Smart Vision School will undertake a screening assessment.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

For pupils entering EYFS, (FS1 and FS2) the screening process entails assessing a variety of skills such as: identifying basic shapes and letters, demonstrating fine motor and large motor skills, following directions, identifying shapes and drawing shapes that are identical or different and the ability to recall and repeat sentences. For pupils entering Primary (Yr.1 and Yr.2), the readiness screening includes 8 skills areas: Vocabulary, Identifying letters, phonemic awareness, comprehension, mathematical knowledge, developmental spelling ability and handwriting. For pupils entering Primary (Yr. 3 to Yr.6), the screening involves reading comprehension, writing, handwriting and mathematics skills appropriate for their current year level.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

SVS is an inclusive school and the integration of SEND/AEN students is a very important aspect of its provision and commitment to equality of opportunity, enabling all students to access the curriculum and achieve high standards.

Learning support offered

The types of support for individual pupils will be determined by the SEND Department, in conjunction with parents, teachers and professionals. Support may be provided by:

- A differentiated approach by the classroom teacher
- In-class support by a Learning Support Teacher or Teacher Assistant
- Withdrawal from class for small group work
- An Individual Learning Support Assistant
- Support from appropriate outside agencies, such as Speech and Language Therapy. - Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Play Therapy

School start time

8:00

School finish time

KG1 - KG2: 12:15
KG3 - G5: 14:00

Supervised care before/after school

SVS offers a paid afternoon day care programme for EYFS children, giving parents the flexibility in picking their child up later in the afternoon. Children enrolled in this programme remain after EYFS school hours and enjoy a range of fun activities; art, music &movement and supervised free play in our inside and outside playground facilities.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

SVS offers a range of ECAs which change each term from Dance, Music, sport, and creative subjects. pupils are also able to participate in a number of paid activities which are offered by external agencies with whom we work in close partnership.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

- 20 metres swimming pool with 4 lanes and a separate learner pool
- 100 metres athletics track
- 3 sports fields with quality surfaces and facilities

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Smart Vision School provides a broad inclusive programme following the National Curriculum for England. The curriculum focuses on important life skills that are developed across subjects and beyond the classroom, extending pupils’ personal and academic development.
A strong sense of community across Smart Vision school is of paramount importance. Engagement through small class size and participation by all stakeholders is a cornerstone of our school.

Teaching approach of the school

Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mixture of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Play is essential for children's development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, think about problems and relate to others. All students learn by taking part in structured learning and play that is planned and guided by the teachers to meet the identified needs of each student. The school's teachers are continually assessing the balance between activities led by children, and activities led or guided by adults, responding to each student's emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through positive interaction and engagement.

In planning and guiding children's learning activities, our teachers reflect on the different ways that children learn and include different learning experiences and opportunities in their teaching. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

- Playing and exploring - all students investigate and participate in different experiences
- Active learning - all students are persistent and keep on trying when they encounter difficulties, with the teacher and students celebrating and enjoying their achievements
- Creating and thinking critically - all students are encouraged to develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

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