Curriculum

GEMS Founders School – Dubai 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 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.

Students are introduced to English, Mathematics and Science through activities that include the teaching of:

  • shapes
  • colours
  • letters
  • numbers
  • seasons

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

Other Subjects

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • UAE Social Studies.
  • Arabic (for Arabic speakers)
  • Arabic (for non-Arabic speakers)
  • Islamic Studies (for Muslim students)

or

  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCEE) (for non-Muslim students)
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)

 

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

 

Other Subjects

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • UAE Social Studies.
  • Arabic (for Arabic speakers)
  • Arabic (for non-Arabic speakers)
  • Islamic Studies (for Muslim students)

or

  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCEE) (for non-Muslim students)
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • French (Year 3 to Year 6)

 

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

 

Other Subjects

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • French
  • Arabic (for Arabic speakers)
  • Arabic (for non-Arabic speakers)
  • Islamic Studies (for Muslim students)

or

  • Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCEE) (for non-Muslim students)
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)