The curriculum of the school adheres to the framework of the National Curriculum for England (NCfE), which is largely subject- and stage- based. The NCfE provides an entitlement curriculum up to the end of Key Stage 3, which means that students in each age cohort study the same subjects, regardless of their background, nationality or level of academic attainment. In Key Stages 4 and 5, the curriculum adds options to a smaller entitlement core.
The curriculum also includes (a) Arabic and Islamic Studies, and (b) cross-curricular understanding in the key areas specified by KHDA and DSIB (personal responsibility, understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures, and community and environmental responsibility).
The approach to ensuring that students gain a truly international outlook, consistent with the school’s vision and mission, involves:
- decorating the facilities with flags, digital and display features that celebrate the diverse nationalities who live in Dubai
- regular assembly that engages the students in the modern life of Dubai and in thinking about global issues
- curriculum accommodations in NCfE subjects, that broaden students’ global knowledge and experience (for example, taking advantage of the recent NCfE changes that allow studies of Middle Eastern and Asian history alongside that of Britain and Europe)
- cross-curricular challenges each term that engage students in responses to global events such as the Olympics and Expo 2020, earthquakes and floods, environmental issues, civil wars, forced migration, poverty and educational disadvantage,)
- whole-school celebration of key festivals
- honouring the culture of the UAE and the Arab world, through assembly, playing and singing the National Anthem, making cultural visits and inviting speakers
- studying the role of the United Nations and UNESCO in promoting peace and international understanding
- partnering schools on other continents, with online exchanges between students and collaboration in investigating how peoples live
- studying the way that new technology and communication media – including social media - work in different countries while understanding different cultural sensitivities
- honouring the origin and identity of every student and staff member in the school, through recognising birthdays, festivals, dress, food preferences and anniversaries of important events
The curriculum involves students in learning important “life skills”: how to be safe, how to accept responsibility, how to live a healthy and prosperous life, how to care for others, and how to take reasonable risks in extending themselves and learning from experience.
In the foundation stage, all children are provided with living experiences and teaching that addresses: personal, social and emotional development; communication (including language and literacy); problem-solving, reasoning and numeracy; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical and creative development.