Learning Primary School

Primary School

Head’s Welcome

Being the parent of a Primary child and child who has made the steps from Primary into Secondary, I understand the need to ensure that my children are in a happy, safe and stimulating environment and that is exactly what we provide at NCBIS.

Through the incorporation of the British National Curriculum and the IBO Primary Years Programme, our children are gaining knowledge and understanding of the world around them; equipping them for our rapidly changing world. You can read more about the specifics of our curriculum on the Academics page of this website and by following the links provided.

There are four phases within our Primary School:

  • The Early Years (Nursery and Reception)
  • Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
  • Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)
  • Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)
Sarah Neild, Head of Primary

Our children come from over 60 Nationalities and we celebrate this through our various events throughout the year including International Week and Home Languages days. NCBIS is proud to uphold and actively promote the fundamental British Values:

We want to inspire our students to take action and embed the Global Goals for Sustainable Development within our curriculum as well as involve our school community with local charities.

We are fortunate to have an active Parents’ Group and warmly welcome any parent who would like to become more involved in the life of our Primary School. Our website is only a snapshot of what makes NCBIS distinctive in Cairo and therefore we enjoy welcoming you to visit our school so you that can experience and appreciate NCBIS first hand.

In the previous academic year, NCBIS was host to evaluations from COBIS, BSME, CIS, IBO, ISI and the Dutch Ministry of Education. You can read the quotes around our school grounds from these evaluations that show why we at NCBIS are Bringing out the best in everyone!

Sarah Neild-Le Conte

Head of Primary

sarah.neild@ncbis.co.uk

How We Learn

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) at NCBIS allows us to deliver a comprehensive, international education to our students. It is delivered using the NCBIS Scope & Sequence documents, which have been custom made to include the objectives of the English National Curriculum and modified to meet the needs of our programme of inquiry and our host country, Egypt. They also better reflect the international diversity that is present in our classrooms.

PYP

The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.

The PYP is organised according to:

  • The written curriculum, which explains what our students will learn.
  • The taught curriculum, which sets out how educators teach the PYP.
  • The assessed curriculum, which details the principles and practice of effective assessment in the PYP.

Read more on the PYP: www.ibo.com

Our planning framework expects teachers to work with essential elements — knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action, that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future.

Our teachers are also aware of the UN’s Strategic Development Goals and look for opportunities to bring them to the attention of students, challenging our learners to make a difference with the goals.

To support learning our Primary School is divided into three key stages – Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Early Years covers our classes in Nursery (3-4yrs) and Reception (4-5yrs), Key Stage 1 represents our classes in Year 1 (5-6yrs), Year 2 (6-7yrs) and Year 3 (7-8yrs), and our Key Stage 2 represents our classes in Year 4 (8-9yrs), Year 5 (9-10yrs) and Year 6 (10-11yrs).

The Early Years department provides a stimulating and high-quality education, in a safe and caring environment, for children aged between 3 and 5 years. We aim to give children the very best possible start to their education and provide a firm foundation on which their future education can be built. The Early Years curriculum is based on the UK Foundation Stage and is delivered through the inquiry topics each term, supported by the rigorous teaching of phonics through the UK Letters and Sounds programme. Structured, well-planned play is an important feature of the curriculum and play-based learning is essential to our vision of developing learners with a positive and creative mindset that enables them to achieve success at school and in later life; achieved through a happy atmosphere and safe and stimulating physical environment that is conducive to academic learning as well as personal and social growth. The curriculum encourages the individual development of each child through a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching and is lively, exciting and challenging! Early Years department is housed in its own building with a secure outdoor learning environment that is accessed by all the classrooms directly. The outdoor learning environment includes a purpose-built outdoor learning space, a large sandpit (a great favourite of our younger learners!), a cushioned tiled area for developing gross motor skills and an artificially grassed area that houses learning centres such as construction, a reading corner, water play, phonics and number skills. The area is covered by purpose-built shades, allowing access all year round.

The Key Stage 1 encompasses Year 1, 2 and 3 children. We believe learning is achieved through a happy atmosphere and safe and stimulating physical environment that is conducive to academic learning as well as personal and social growth. As such we take great pride in ensuring that our classrooms reflect the learning process and inspire intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and enthusiasm for learning. Inquiry learning is central to our student’s development and our vision that we need to prepare our students for a rapidly changing world where skills, values, attitudes and attributes are as important as knowledge. In inquiring into the world around them students are able to gain a deeper understanding of new concepts and to explore those concepts in real life situations. The outcomes of the UK National Curriculum for England are therefore taught through a combination of discrete skill based lessons and application through our inquiry approach to learning. The firm foundations provided by our Early Years department are built upon in the Key Stage 1, with the continuance of the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme. This provides the foundations for early reading and supports our Talk for Writing programme. students in Key Stage 1 are also supported by our team of specialist subject teachers; with specialist lessons provided in music, physical education and modern foreign languages. In addition to their academic studies, children are also encouraged to participate in our after school Extra Curricular Activities (ECA’s) programme, where a range of sporting, artistic and musical activities are offered to enrich the children’s learning experiences and to develop each student’s unique talents to help them achieve their potential.

The three years (Years 4-6) that form our Key Stage 2 continue to build upon and develop the skills, values, attitudes, attributes, knowledge and conceptual understanding that our students have gained in Key Stage 1. Every class is led in their learning by a teacher and a teaching assistant, and it is through a wide range of challenges and experiences that our students develop lively, questioning and informed minds. Our units of inquiry continue to deepen student’s understanding of the world around them and this is again underpinned by the UK National Curriculum outcomes. Local educational visits and residential events in country and overseas add breadth and interest to our programme of study, bringing to life the students learning and developing both their academic learning as well as their personal and social growth. Choice and challenge, both within the curriculum and the extra-curricular programmes, is offered through our specialist lessons in music, physical education and modern foreign languages and involvement in school productions, sports competitions, musical events and our after school activity programme. High academic and social standards are our expectations and as our students transition to Secondary School at the end of Year 6, we are confident that they leave us as caring international students committed to the traditional values of honesty, courtesy, respect, integrity and fair play.

JASS

The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is an accredited learning programme designed to support students through the transition from primary to secondary education. Here at NCBIS, we are using JASS as a way of improving students’ self-confidence, developing key interpersonal skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving, as well as helping to build sustainable and healthy living habits. Students collect evidence of their work across the four JASS sections – Me and My World, My Interests, Get Active, Stay Active & Adventure – storing it either in their JASS folder or online at e-Jass.

Upon successful completion of the four sections, students are awarded JASS certificate and pin badge.

If you would like more information visit the JASS website: www.JASSchools.org.uk

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Curriculum

In the Primary School, we have taken the UK National Curriculum for England and sequenced it into a series of subject-specific, comprehensive Scope & Sequence documents, which we teach through the pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child, including their social, physical, emotional and cultural needs as well as their all-important academic needs.

Information on the curriculum followed for all three phases is covered in our curriculum guides, which explain the specific units of inquiry your child will be studying in each year group and the key mathematical and language concepts covered. Information on our specialist subject programme is also included.

Our Curriculum Guides

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

We teach using six themes every year. Each year group from Year 2 covers the themes once a year to make up a well rounded, balanced curriculum. At the planning stage of each unit, we look at how we can enhance the unit based on teacher and student reflections from the previous years which gives us an ever-improving program that evolves with the needs and interest of our students.

We welcome questions and suggestions about our units of inquiry. We would love for you to get involved and help us develop our program even further. If you have ideas for experiences, trips, or activities that would fit with any particular unit please get in touch with us.
You can email our Deputy Head christina.seeley@ncbis.co.uk or you can reach us on Twitter: @NCBISPrimary

Primary School Staff

John Bagust

John Bagust

Principal

John.Bagust@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Sarah Neild

Sarah Neild

Head of Primary School

Primary Leadership Team

sarah.neild@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Tracy Connor

Tracy Connor

Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Primary Leadership Team

tracy.connor@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Christina Seeley

Christina Seeley

Deputy Head (Academic)

Primary Leadership Team

christina.seeley@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Kirsten Rockingham

Kirsten Rockingham

Nursery Teacher and Year Group Leader and Creativity Co.

kirsten.rockingham@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Ginny Everett

Ginny Everett

Nursery Teacher

ginny.everett@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Elaine Ann Hall

Elaine Ann Hall

Reception Teacher

elaine.hall@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Mandy Carydias

Mandy Carydias

Reception Teacher and Year Group Leader and KS2 Language Co.

mandy.carydias@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Ada Ma

Ada Ma

Reception Teacher

ada.ma@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Jane Evans

Jane Evans

Year 1 Teacher

jane.evans@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Ausra Marshall

Ausra Marshall

Year 1 Teacher

ausra.marshall@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Trevor Kearsley

Trevor Kearsley

Year 2 Teacher and Year Group Leader and EYFS & KS1 Maths Co.

trevor.kearsley@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Iemke Dry

Iemke Dry

Year 2 Teacher

iemke.dry@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Rasha Imam

Rasha Imam

Year 2 Teacher

rasha.iman@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Clare Purdy

Clare Purdy

Year 3 Teacher and Year Group Leader and Science Co.

clare.purdy@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall

Year 3 Teacher

chris.marshall@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones

Year 3 Teacher

adrian.jones@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Mariana Cooke

Mariana Cooke

Year 4 Teacher, Year Group Leader and Social Studies Co. and Health and Safety Committee

mariana.cooke@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Michelle Brazil

Michelle Brazil

Year 4 Teacher

michelle.brazil@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Luke Chesters

Luke Chesters

Year 4 Teacher

luke.chesters@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Nooshin Behbod

Nooshin Behbod

Year 5 Teacher and Year Group Leader & KS2 Maths

nooshin.behbod@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Francesca Blythe

Francesca Blythe

Year 5 Teacher

francesca.blythe@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Erasmus Dry

Erasmus Dry

Year 6 Teacher, Year Group Leader, ICT and STEAM

erasmus.dry@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Sam Blythe

Sam Blythe

Year 6 Teacher

sam.blythe@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Emma Potter

Emma Potter

Year 6 Teacher

emma.potter@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Claire Simpson

Claire Simpson

SENCO Head of Inclusive Learning

claire.simpson@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Paul Kauffman

Paul Kauffman

EAL Teacher

Inclusive Learning Department

paul.kauffman@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Barbara Knewstubb

Barbara Knewstubb

Inclusive Learning Teacher

Inclusive Learning Department

barbara.knewstubb@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Farah Hassan

Farah Hassan

Inclusive Learning Assistant Teacher

Inclusive Learning Department

farah.hassan@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Israa Ragab

Israa Ragab

Inclusive Learning Assistant Teacher

Inclusive Learning Department

israa.ragab@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Rienke van Nieuwland

Rienke van Nieuwland

Inclusive Learning Teacher

Inclusive Learning Department

rienke.vannieuwland@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips

Inclusive Learning Teacher

Inclusive Learning Department

neil.phillips@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Mohammed Elgayar

Mohammed Elgayar

EAL Teacher

Inclusive Learning Department

mohammed.elgayar@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

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Riham Sharahbil

Riham Sharahbil

Inclusive Learning Assistant

Inclusive Learning Department

riham.sharahbil@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

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Gillian McAllister

Gillian McAllister

Inclusive Learning Specialist

Inclusive Learning Department

gillian.mcallister@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Alex Stagogiannis

Alex Stagogiannis

Head Of Languages

Head of Languages

Primary School

Biography
Yves Joly

Yves Joly

French/ Spanish Teacher

MFL Department

yves.joly@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Rana Zafer

Rana Zafer

French Teacher

rana.zafer@ncbis.co.uk

Modern Foreign Languages

Biography
Ghada Osama

Ghada Osama

Arabic Teacher

Modern Foreign languages Department

ghada.osama@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Waleed Ayed

Waleed Ayed

Arabic Teacher

Modern Foreign languages Department

waleed.ayed@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Zaheer Abbas

Zaheer Abbas

ECA Coordinator

PE Department

zaheer.abbas@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Thomas Bradshaw

Thomas Bradshaw

Teacher of Physical Education

PE Department

thomas.bradshaw@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Anna Mike

Anna Mike

Teacher of Physical Education

PE Department

anna.mike@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Zoltan Szilagyi

Zoltan Szilagyi

Teacher of Physical Education

PE Department

zoltan.szilagyi@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Laura Cook

Laura Cook

Head of Key Stage 3

laura.cook@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

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Lala Akhundova

Lala Akhundova

Music Teacher

The Performing Arts Department

lala.akhundova@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

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Rebekah Thompson

Rebekah Thompson

Head of Music and Drama / Director of Performing Arts

rebekah.thompson@ncbis.co.uk

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Peter Beadell

Peter Beadell

Teacher of Music

The Performing Arts Department

peter.beadell@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

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Laura Berry

Laura Berry

Teacher of Art and Design

The Arts

laura.berry@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Walaa Rafik

Walaa Rafik

Primary Office Manager

Administrative Team

walaa.rafik@ncbis.co.uk

Administration

Biography
Shereen Fekry

Shereen Fekry

Personal Assistant to the Primary Leadership Team

Administrative Team

shereen.fekry@ncbis.co.uk

Administration

Biography

Inclusive Learning

At NCBIS we recognise that all students have individual needs regarding the rate and manner in which they learn and progress. We believe that all students can benefit from a range of learning approaches that consider their diverse needs and backgrounds, and we are committed to an inclusive learning culture where students of all abilities and educational needs can participate, make progress and feel valued.

Personalised learning programmes with specialist teachers

Whether your child requires English as an Additional Language (EAL), short term booster support or a more structured personal learning plan, NCBIS provides a range of additional and specialist learning support programmes to help your child maximise their potential, their gifts and their talents. Our strong and versatile whole school team of inclusive learning specialists focuses on early identification of any learning needs and on supporting all our students in successfully accessing the curriculum – from Early Years right through to IB Diploma level.

Levels of support

We graduate our levels of support to meet the changing needs of each individual student. Our learners can move between these flexible learning levels as they require more, or less, support.

Level 1

Quality first teaching provides support delivered through quality first teaching in a differentiated mainstream classroom. This level of support targets maximum access for all learners and offers extended learning challenges for high potential, gifted and talented learners. Our inclusive learning specialists work with all class teachers in supporting quality first teaching and helping to fine-tune specific learning techniques that work for each individual child.

Level 2

Booster/ short-term targeted support meets students’ needs within the mainstream classroom and students also are withdrawn from class once or twice a week for specialist support. This level of support includes students who are studying English as an Additional Language, an intensive English language course with personalised targets set for each learner.

Level 3

Longer term targeted support is provided by specialist teachers for learners who have specialist reports and assessments. This support ensures that our children receive highly tailored support linked with precise personal targets and with time scales agreed by students, parents and teachers.

English as an Additional Language

Children who do not speak English as their first language can access English language support with our English as an Additional Language (EAL) personalised programmes. Before or on entry to the school we assess their English speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency in order to determine the level of support needed for them to access the mainstream curriculum.

 EAL teachers and inclusive learning specialists then work closely with classroom teachers to ensure that your child’s English language needs are met in the mainstream classroom.  If your child is identified as requiring additional EAL support to develop their English Language skills, they will also attend EAL lessons taught by EAL specialist teachers.  

Additional Educational Needs at NCBIS

Additional needs are experienced by students who do not necessarily have a specific learning difficulty but who are faced with additional challenges. These may arise, for example, if your child has transferred from a school with a different curriculum or language of instruction, or when a child falls behind in their learning or finds they are underachieving. Learners with high potential abilities, gifts and talents also benefit from individualised learning targets and support.

We focus on early identification of all additional needs. Our learning specialists provide understanding and support so that we can minimise any barriers to learning faced by your child.

Supporting our high potential, gifted and talented learners

NCBIS recognises that high potential learners can require additional support and challenges to develop their abilities; if high potential learners are well catered for, they are more likely to be engaged in their learning and contribute positively in all areas at school.  

We identify these learners and provide opportunities for them to develop their abilities, gifts and talents both inside the classroom and through extra-curricular enrichment activities. We offer specialist advice for both families and teachers as we join together to inspire and celebrate these learners’ ever-evolving achievements.

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