Curriculum

Offering a world-class education founded on an elaborated National Curriculum for England (NCfE), GEMS Al Barsha National School will take every student on a new journey of academic achievement.

Al Barsha National School will deliver an international curriculum that is sensitive and respectful of Arabic culture and local traditions. Our enhanced National Curriculum for England will integrate 21st century skills and competencies to develop confident, resilient and adaptable students for an ever-changing world.

The curriculum is imaginatively designed to provide a wealth of opportunities where students can take intelligent risks, ask questions to satisfy their intellectual curiosity and explore ideas to deepen their understanding while promoting critical thinking skills. Everything we do will allow students to develop their knowledge, understanding and creativity through a curriculum underpinned by enterprise and innovation. In turn, this will foster our students’ readiness for some of the finest universities both in the UAE and overseas and their employability. Enterprise capability includes innovation, creativity, risk-management and risk taking, a can-do attitude and the drive to make ideas happen. This concept embraces future employment as well as future entrepreneurs.

GEMS Al Barsha National School follows:

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage
  • The National Curriculum for England
  • International accredited UK based Qualification Pathways (IGCSE/GCSE)
  • The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A Levels).

In FS1 and FS2 girls and boys will be taught co-educationally with girls and boys taught together in every class. From Y1 onwards girls and boys will be taught separately.

Mandatory subjects

As per the rules and regulations in the UAE, it is mandatory for:

  • All Muslim students to study Islamic Education from Year 1 to Year 12 inclusive.
  • All Arab students (registered at the school with an Arab passport) to study Arabic as a first language from Year 1 to Year 12 inclusive.
  • All students registered at the school with a non-Arab passport to study Arabic as an additional language from Year 1 to Year 9 inclusive. 

Our curriculum will be delivered by passionate and highly qualified UK trained teachers and the best Arabic Language teachers with a proven track record.

 

Subject overview

Early Years Foundation Stage

Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Arabic Language, Islamic Education

Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2

English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Digital Learning, Arabic language, UAE Social Studies, Islamic Education, (PSHE), Enterprise Education, Design & Technology, Arts (Drama/Music/Art/) and Physical Education

Key Stage 2 - Years 3 to 6

English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Digital Learning, Arabic language, UAE Social Studies, Islamic Education, PSHE, Enterprise Education, Spanish in Year 6, Design and Technology, Arts (Drama/Music/Art/) and Physical Education

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 and 8

English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Digital Learning, Arabic language, UAE Social Studies, Islamic Education, PSHE) Enterprise Education, Spanish, Design and Technology, Arts (Drama/Music/Art/) and Physical Education

 

* Key Stage 4 and 5 in future years will cater to a variety of academic needs and interests.