Curriculum

GEMS Founders School – Al Mizhar offers a value-based British education and is one of the few reasonably priced private schools in Dubai to offer world-class standards of education.

Curriculum: National Curriculum for England

Year levels: Foundation Stage (FS) to Year 9

At GEMS Founders School - Al Mizhar, we teach the traditional UK curriculum but in an international context where the UAE Ministry of Education syllabus is incorporated into the curriculum structure.

In addition to the development of specific skills and competencies, the curriculum emphasizes enquiry, creativity, analytical evaluation and other skills needed to meet the challenges of the future.

Course Structure

Foundation Stage (FS1 and FS2)
Age: 3 years old and 4 years old

The Foundation Stage of school introduces young learners to school-life, as students develop their motor skills, foundation-level numeracy and literacy skills, and self-esteem through play-based learning activities in a safe and exciting environment.

The areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)
Age: 5 years old and 6 years old

Our Key Stage 1 students are still discovering their skills and competencies, and at this stage they are introduced to subjects that will lay the foundation for learning as they go into higher year levels. Learning is still exciting and the learning atmosphere is stimulating.

Core Subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Arabic first language
  • Arabic second language
  • UAE social studies
  • Moral education

Other Subjects:

  • Computing
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • UAE Social Studies.
  • Islamic Studies (For Muslim students)  or Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCEE) (for non-Muslim students)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Humanities –History and Geography
  • French (Y3 upwards)

 

Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6)
Age: 7 years old to 10 years old

During Key Stage 2, students start to rationalise and think independently. The curriculum sets challenging targets and its methodical implementation encourages each student to pursue individual targets and goals.

Core Subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Arabic first language
  • Arabic second language
  • UAE social studies
  • Moral education

Other Subjects

  • Computing
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • Islamic Studies (For Muslim students)  or Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCEE) (for non-Muslim students)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Humanities –History and Geography
  • French (Y3 upwards)

 

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 to Year 9)
Age: 11 years old to 14 years old

By Key Stage 3, the student is ready for creative and accelerated learning. The students become aware of the need to set daily goals and have long-term objectives.

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Arabic first language
  • Arabic second language
  • UAE social studies
  • Moral education

Other Subjects

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • French
  • Islamic Studies (For Muslim students)  or Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCEE) (for non-Muslim students)
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Humanities –History and Geography
  • French (Y3 upwards)