The Al Sahwa Kindergarten and Primary school has the feel of a small community with a big heart. Using the IB PYP framework, students and their parents are welcomed into our close-knit community and flourish in this environment. Our values of Respect, Service and Integrity resonate in teaching, learning and our actions.
“Omwana ni wa bhone” is an African proverb which means a child’s upbringing belongs to the community. At Al Sahwa, we are that community and each of us is responsible for the wellbeing of every student.
An Engaging Curriculum
Learning is engaging, interactive and relevant to students and their interests. Through the programme of inquiry, students have the opportunity to ask questions, discover and make meaning of the world around them. They are empowered to develop communication, self-management, research, thinking and social skills and become self-regulated learners; displaying agency and taking action.
Each class from KG1 to Grade 3 is supported by a homeroom teacher and assistant. In addition, Arabic, Specialist and Learning support teachers all work together to ensure that each child’s needs are met and that every student experiences success.
More information about the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) at Al Sahwa Schools can be found below.
“As an alumnus of Al Sahwa Schools, the vision and mission of the school has always been to build a community that is rich with the heritage and omani culture but with an international twist which offers students the opportunity of learning in an open-minded environment but still keeping their values close to heart.”
Noora Sajwani (Al Sahwa graduate and parent)
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students ages 3 to 12 (KG1 & 2, Grades 1 – Grade 5). It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry based learning.
The PYP covers the following subjects:
- Arabic language
- Islamic Studies
- Omani Social Studies
- Personal, Social and Emotional Education
- Physical Education
- Visual Art
Programme of Inquiry (POI)
Al Sahwa Schools Programme of Inquiry (POI) as a curriculum framework is unique to our context. It has been developed for our learners and characterised by:
- Opportunities to explore the commonalities of human experience.
- Inquire into local and global issues.
- Being supported by knowledge, concepts and skills from the traditional subject areas and utilising them in.
- Ways that transcend the confines of these subjects known as transdisciplinary (TD) learning and teaching revisited throughout the learners years of schooling, so that the end result is immersion in.
- Broad-ranging, in-depth, articulated curriculum content.
- Explore what it means to be Omani; celebrating learners own identity and culture.
- Contribute to the common ground that unifies the curriculums in all PYP schools.
All IB programmes include a culminating or consolidating learning experience in their final year. The PYP Exhibition is a culminating learning experience for Grade 5 learners prior to transitioning to the MYP.
In the PYP exhibition, learners demonstrate their understanding of an issue or opportunity they have chosen to explore. They undertake their investigation both individually and with their peers, together with the guidance of a mentor. The exhibition is a powerful demonstration of the learner agency, as well as the agency of the community that has nurtured them through their years in the PYP. The Exhibition is student-initiated and designed.The learning community participates in the exhibition, supporting and celebrating the development of internationally minded students who make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others.