Learning Primary School

Primary School

Head’s Welcome

Hello, I am Matt Walsh, the Head of Primary at NCBIS. I’ve been teaching for over 20 years now and I’ve been in school leadership for 14 years both in the UK and internationally. I have enjoyed developing my leadership and management in different settings (though I still consider myself a class teacher at heart!) and have certainly learned a lot in my time so far at NCBIS.

We managed to keep the school safely open for face-to-face (or mask-to-mask) learning last academic year and we are working closely with our community to ensure another productive year of learning. 

This year we are proudly implementing our new Primary curriculum which is a bespoke international curriculum enhanced from the National Curriculum for England. Through this structured framework of learning our children will be developing their knowledge and skills in a variety of subjects through cross-curricular topics that have been tailored for each year group, equipping them for our rapidly changing world. You can read more about the specifics of our curriculum on the Curriculum tab of this website.

Everything we do at NCBIS is based around our values and delivering our mission to provide a learning environment that fosters both academic achievement and personal growth for everyone. We have recently become a Pathway School in the High Performance Learning (HPL) Programme. This honours our motto to ‘Bring Out the Best in Everyone’.

Matt Walsh
Matt Walsh

Our children come from over 70 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 can experience and appreciate NCBIS first hand.
In the past 3 years, NCBIS has been host to evaluations from COBIS, BSME, CIS, IBO, ISI and the Dutch Ministry of Education.

Matt Walsh
Head of Primary
matt.walsh@ncbis.co.uk

How We Learn

At NCBIS we have high expectations of all of our learners. There are several factors working in conjunction to enable our learners to achieve high outcomes: 

  • The NCBIS curriculum has clearly structured and progressive learning objectives 
  • The High Performance Learning (HPL) programme enables the students to develop academic and emotional learning behaviours and attributes to give them the tools to scaffold their learning to a high level
  • The NCBIS assessment system involves periodic assessments by which a student’s learning can be measured, along with effective ‘assessment for learning’ which is a teaching and learning strategy by which the student is given the tools and opportunity to evaluate and be in control of their own learning. 
  • Much of the learning in class is project-based or inquiry-based allowing the learning from several subjects to be linked together, and making the learning more purposeful. For example, in Year 3 one of the projects in the Water Water topic is for the students to work together to make a solar-powered irrigation system for the school garden. This involves Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills and is also heavily linked with  English and Geography learning.
  • Student Voice is highly valued at NCBIS; the students have a say in what they learn and how they will learn it. When the students feel part of the learning process the outcomes are improved. 
  • Student physical and mental wellbeing is prioritised at NCBIS, through the school day and through the curriculum. Happy students learn well!
  • Class Teachers deliver the learning for the majority of the curriculum. Specialist Teachers cover Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Drama and Physical Education. The Class Teachers and Specialist Teachers work together to ensure the students receive a broad and balanced curriculum. 

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 Early Years Foundation Stage framework, and is delivered through a mixture of learning topics and student-led learning experiences. Structured, well-planned play is an important feature of the Early Years 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 main areas are communication and language; physical development and personal, social & emotional development, but the children also start learning essential phonics and maths knowledge and skills. 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! The 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 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 Lower Phase 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. Purposeful learning (through projects and inquiries) is central to our pupil’s development and our vision that we need to prepare our pupils for a rapidly changing world where skills, values, attitudes and attributes are as important as knowledge. In inquiring into the world around them pupils 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 Lower Phase, with the continuance of the NCBIS Phonics programme. This provides the foundations for early reading and supports our writing programme. Pupils in the Lower Phase 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 (ECAs) programme, where a range of sporting, artistic and musical activities are offered to enrich the children’s learning experiences and to develop each pupil’s unique talents to help them achieve their potential.

Years 3-6 continue to build upon and develop the skills, values, attitudes, attributes, knowledge and conceptual understanding that our students have gained in Years 1 and 2. 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 pupils develop lively, questioning and informed minds. Our units of inquiry continue to deepen pupil’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 pupils’ 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 expectation and as our pupils transition to Secondary School at the end of Year 6, we are confident that they leave us as caring international pupils committed to the traditional values of honesty, courtesy, respect, integrity and fair play.

Curriculum

In the Primary School we follow a bespoke international curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum for England. We are recognised by the International Baccalaureate as an IB World School and use methodologies including project-based and inquiry-based learning to support our young learners. The NCBIS Primary curriculum has been tailored to the school’s context in line with the school’s aspirational mission and values.

There are unique topics every year which cover the curriculum in exciting contexts, and a themes framework which runs vertically through Primary to develop STEM and Global Citizenship characteristics and skills in all learners.  Each curriculum topic has been carefully planned to enable our students to achieve challenging learning outcomes, as well as enriching experiences to add context, meaning and fun.

The Primary curriculum is 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.

Three themes run through the Primary curriculum from Early Years to Year6.

These themes are:

In each of these themes, children develop not just the knowledge and skills, but also the attitudes and behaviours to help them become successful and caring citizens in the 21st century. 

In every year group there are topics that are specially linked to these themes but they also permeate the wider curriculum in many different ways. Below is the curriculum map which shows where the themes linked to specific topics:

Information on the curriculum followed for each year group is covered in our curriculum guides (linked below), which explain the specific topics the students will be studying and the key mathematical and language concepts covered. We also send parent overviews to parents at the start of each topic so the objectives and expectations are clear, and so that our students can thrive with a proactive home-school partnership.

Our Curriculum Guides and Parent Overviews

Y1 T1.1 All About Me

Y1 T1.2 Superheroes

Y1 T1.2 Up, Up and Away

Y2 T1.1 Body and Mind

Y2 T1.2 The Changing World

Y3 T1.1 Mighty Metals

Y3 T1.2 Hello H2O

Y4 T1.1 Dragons

Y4 T1.2 Natural Disasters

Y5 T1.1 Awesome Africa

Y5 T1.2 Frozen Kingdoms

Y6 T1.1 Lights, Camera, Actions

Y6 T1.2 Journeys

We welcome questions, suggestions and parental input about our topics. If you have any suggestions, you can email our Academic Deputy Head christina.seeley@ncbis.co.uk or you can reach us on Twitter: @NCBISPrimary

Primary School Staff

Trudie Masterson

Trudie Masterson

Principal

Principal

trudie.masterson@ncbis.co.uk

Primary & Secondary School

Biography
Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Head of Primary School

Primary Leadership Team

matt.walsh@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Rachael Small

Rachael Small

Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead

Primary Leadership Team

rachael.small@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, Year Group Leader & Art/DT Subject Leader

kirsten.rockingham@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Ginny Everett

Ginny Everett

Nursery Teacher

ginny.everett@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Mandy Carydias

Mandy Carydias

Reception Teacher

mandy.carydias@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Elaine Ann Hall

Elaine Ann Hall

Reception Teacher

elaine.hall@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Asif Abdul

Asif Abdul

IT Facilitator

ICT Department

asif.abdul@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Cathie Walsh

Cathie Walsh

Reception Teacher / Year Group Leader & EYFS Subject Leader

cathie.walsh@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Charlotte Karara

Charlotte Karara

Year 1 Teacher and Year 1 Group Leader / HPL

charlotte.karara@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Razanne Alayan

Razanne Alayan

Year 1 Teacher

razanne.alayan@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Rayana Kaissi

Rayana Kaissi

Year 1 Teacher

rayana.kaissi@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Luke Chesters

Luke Chesters

Year 2 Teacher / Year Group Leader & English Subject Leader

luke.chesters@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Jane Evans

Jane Evans

Year 2 Teacher

jane.evans@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Ada Ma

Ada Ma

Year 2 Teacher

ada.ma@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Clare Purdy

Clare Purdy

Year 3 Teacher / Year Group Leader & Science Subject Leader

clare.purdy@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Gregory Nicholls

Gregory Nicholls

Year 3 Teacher

gregory.nicholls@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall

Year 3 Teacher

chris.marshall@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Trevor Kearsley

Trevor Kearsley

Year 4 Teacher / Year Group Leader

trevor.kearsley@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Michelle Brazil

Michelle Brazil

Year 4 Teacher / PSHE Subject Leader

michelle.brazil@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones

Year 4 Teacher

adrian.jones@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Nooshin Behbod

Nooshin Behbod

Year 5 Teacher / Year Group Leader

nooshin.behbod@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Rasha Imam

Rasha Imam

Year 5 Teacher

rasha.imam@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Iemke Dry

Iemke Dry

Year 5 Teacher

iemke.dry@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Mariana Cooke

Mariana Cooke

Year 6 Teacher / Year Group Leader & Humanities Subject Leader

mariana.cooke@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Sara Nicholls

Sara Nicholls

Year 6 Teacher & Primary Maths Subject Leader

sara.nicholls@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Emma Potter

Emma Potter

Year 6 Teacher

emma.potter@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Noha Diaa

Noha Diaa

Doctor

medical@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Nesrine Lotfy

Nesrine Lotfy

Parent Liaison

nesrine.lotfy@ncbis.co.uk

Primary School

Biography
Walaa Rafik

Walaa Rafik

Primary Office Manager

Administrative Team

primaryoffice@ncbis.co.uk

Administration

Biography
Shereen Fekry

Shereen Fekry

Primary Leadership Team Personal Assistant

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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