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Primary Department

Dar Es Salaam Independent School


DIS is learning community. We all come from different backgrounds and bring different experiences to this community. We want to share and develop our strengths.


Everyone who is part of DIS should leave here having grown intellectually and socially with memories of last a lifetime.


Our aims are:

  • To enable every child to achieve their best.
  • To provide a stimulating environment in which all participants feel safe and confident and work collaboratively.
  • To ensure that our standards and expectations are of the highest possible level.
  • To celebrate our differences.
  • To promote independent learning.
  • To create responsible global citizens.


We will provide a complete curriculum for which English is the medium of instruction but never forgetting that Kiswahili is the language of Tanzania. Pupils attending our school will have the opportunity to become completely bi lingual.


Our goals and attainment targets will be measured against similar institutions through collaboration with other school.



In DIS. We aim to provide a happy and stimulating environment, in which children enjoy learning and rate encouraged to do their best. We aim to educate the whole child and provide as many learning experiences as possible. In this way, we feel the child can learn to make choices. Solve problems, became independent and set their own high standards. We endeavour to deliver a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum working from the childs individual needs, strengths and weaknesses. The curriculum attainment targets are based on the national Curriculum of England and Wales but with Tanzania topic areas. In September Parents are given details of what their child will be covering in the class and their attainment is reported in May / June.


We believe that can only be successfully and achieve the very best for he child if home and school have a good relationship and work closely together.


To this end, we hope that this brochure will be informative and useful. If you need more details on the curriculum for your childs particular class, there are  booklets for each year group available in school.

DIS  provide a range of subjects. The four core subjects are: Maths, English, Kiswahili and Science. Others subjects are: Social studies (History and Geography), Home Economics, IT , Art, Design and Technology, P.E, Swimming, French (class 3 onwards) Music and P.S.H.E including citizenship.


Mathematics Attainments Targets.

There are five attainment targets in mathematics and these are:

  • Using and applying Maths
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape and space
  • Handling data

We use the Heinemann Mathematics as a core in the school and materials are not only excellent but well loved by the pupils. This scheme has recently up date. We have found out that the syllabus for Tanzania concentrates on pure number work and so our methods and examples will be different from those which parents are used to. The Manths scheme has a very thorough check up system, however, and you are welcome to raise any points that you may have. We integrate Maths as far as possible into other subjects.


English Attainments Targets:

The medium of instruction in the school is English and the three attainment targets are:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

We use a variety of methods to assure a whole language approach e.g. creative play and drama, which involves the pupils in speaking and listening. We use the Oxford Reading Tree as a core reading scheme and have a library to ensure access to a variety of books. We encourage writers workshop approach to writing and pupils write for many audiences. i.e letters to friends, stories, poems, newspaper articles/ list notices etc. 

We use the look, cover, write, check method of teaching spelling and emphasize the extension of vocabulary through dictation.


From the first class in the school, pupils are encourage to take a pride in their presentation and letter formation is very important. We pay attention to having a literacy hour every day and a new textbook has been adopted in class 4 and 5.


Kiswahili Attainments Targets

The attainments targets in Kiswahili are the same as for English and because most of pupils have Kiswahili as their first language it is easy to keep the quality and encourage progress. Again, activities are introduced everyday through a literacy hour. We are constantly on the lookout for good Kiswahili material. We have Kiswahili textbooks in every class and also books in the library that are n Kiswahili.


We have full sets of the Junior African Writers scheme in Kiswahili and English at all levels.


No pupils in this school will ever be punished for speaking kiswahili but we do realize that most pupils need considerable practice in English. We want pupils need considerable practice in English. We want pupils to be bi-lingual and take pride in the fact that they are able to communication in more that one language.


Science Attainments Targets:

There are four attainment targets in Science and these are:

  • Scientific investigation
  • Life and Living processes
  • Material and their properties
  • Physical processes


We aim for the child to develop scientific skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes, which they need to, understand themselves and the world around them.


Humanities Attainments Targets:

History and Geography are mainly taught through topic work. The pupils are given an opportunity to develop an awareness of the past and its relationship to the present using different sources of information. They are also encourage to understand about places and experience skills for physical, human and environmental geography.


ICT Attainments Targets

ICT is used to extend many areas of the  curriculum. Through the use of computers, the children acquire confidence and skills in using IT. The children are using APPLE MacINTOSH computers as well as IBMs. The school is connected to the Internet and all computers are networked for full access.


Art, Design and technology Attainments Targets:

Art, Design and Technology are developed and applied across the curriculum in all classes. Children are encourage to compare the skills in knowledge and understanding, investigating and making, ate , craft and design.


P.E / Swimming Attainments Targets:

These sessions develop physical control, mental alertness and personal confidence for each child. This helps children to learn to work cooperatively. These sessions are taught twice a week. There is one lesson of PE and one of swimming for each class, weekly.

French Attainments Targets:

French in our school is taught as a second or third language and the shills primary students acquire offer an excellent course on which to build, and the ability to be gin to understand the language and speak with confidence.


Music attainments Targets

Music which has been called universal language engages the children and teachers some of the basic academic structure that lay behind it. Children are taught to listen, perform and compose music. The school has many resources for music including a piano. This year (2003) we will be concentrating on improving our music teaching.


Home Economics Attainment Targets.  

From nursery onwards, pupils are encourage to explore this subject. It includes health education, home skills and food knowledge and preparation. We have a well equipped home economics unit.


Personal Social and Health Education, including Citizenship Attainments Targets.

This subject is the one in which our students explore moral, religious and social values. They are able to discuss and compare stories from different religions and culture. We promote the celebration of our differences as outlined in our philosophy.


Special Needs.

DIS takes into account the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interest that children bring into our school. Some experience difficulties in the area of leaning and require extra support or extension activities. Any special needs children are identified as soon as possible. Work is then differentiated to meet these needs and progress is carefully monitored.


A timetable for children with special need has been organized to support such children on one to one basis within a small learning group. We a special needs coordinator in the school.


Afternoon Activities

Pupils are able to choose either sports, home economics, drama activities of extra help. During extra help time pupils are coached in English and Mathematics. Since we started this programme it has proved to be very helpful to the pupils.


Every day there are sports activities according to the time table.


Assessment, Recording and Reporting

We have many ways to ascertain the level at which students are working. This is an on going process involving marking of work and feedback to students. Staff in the course of the year carry out assessment informally. Informative assessment is carried out each term through tests. Exams are taken at end of each year.

Records of progress are kept for each child and contain:

         A  portfolio of work and attainment record

         Termly and weekly plans that record and plan aspects of all areas of the curriculum.

         The teachers individual records

         The individual reading record

         Twice yearly report cards


Reporting to parents is done verbally each term followed by a written report in term 1 and 3.


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