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 10

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)

Year 10-11 GCSE/IGCSE

GEMS Founders School Al Mizhar offers students a choice of courses leading to university entry. Students in Years 10 and 11 are prepared for examinations in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

What is GCSE?

GCSE stands for the (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education and is a highly regarded qualification across the world.

GCSE courses are renowned for developing vital educational skills, including recall of knowledge, oral skills, problem-solving, initiative, teamwork and investigative skills. The resulting qualification provides a foundation for higher-level courses, such as A and AS Levels, the Advanced International Certificate of Education and the International Baccalaureate.

 

What level are GCSEs?

These exams are at Level 2 and are regarded as preparation for A Level exams at Level 3.

Where are IGCSEs accepted and recognized?

GCSE is a high-profile qualification. It has the same value in admitting students to institutes of further education and employment as the UK equivalent GCSE and GCE ‘O’ Level.

GCSE has an excellent reputation among international schools worldwide. GCSEs are recognized as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to universities and colleges around the world.

 

Are GCSEs accepted for University entrance?

Having good passes in GCSE examinations certainly enhances a student’s university application. Passes in English First Language and Mathematics GCSE are mandatory for most university courses in the United Kingdom; passes in additional subjects are desirable.

 

For more information click on the following link to read our Introduction to GCSEs Information Booklet  GFM KS4 Information and Introduction Booklet

 

We recommend that you arrange to visit the school and discuss your options with our staff. Email [email protected] to arrange an appointment.