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Departments and Subjects

Students at GEMS Royal Dubai School follow National Curriculum for England where they may transfer to or from other National Curriculum schools around the world.  The subjects that are available at GEMS Royal Dubai School are:

  • Art
  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • French (from Year 2 onwards)
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies (from Year 1 onwards)
  • ICT
  • Geography
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Music
  • Technology

The National Curriculum for England provides the structure for the GEMS Royal Dubai School and ensures a seamless transition for our pupils when transferring between any other British curriculum school around the globe.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into six areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • Communication, language and literacy.
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world.
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

In Key Stages 1 and 2 the children will study the following subjects:

Core subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • ICT

Foundation subjects:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social,Health  Education and Citizenship
  • French (from Year 1)

From Year 1 the children learn Arabic, inline with the Ministry of Education regulations in Dubai. They will also learn about the history, culture and traditions of Dubai.

Foundation Stage

We want our youngest pupils to have a happy and confident start to their learning journey. We aim to develop their curiosity, imagination and a thirst for learning. Therefore, their classrooms have been designed especially to make them feel comfortable, secure and ready to learn. Everything they need is within their bright colourful play space, such as washroom facilities and direct access to a shaded and well resourced outside area.

The curriculum is delivered through carefully structured play activities and practical experiences and is supported by a programme of visits and outings. Our caring staff create a vibrant environment and through observation and listening are able to ensure that each individual is supported through the Stepping Stones towards the Early Learning Goals. In this way we ensure our pupils have all the skills and attitudes they will need to succeed in Year 1.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage I specialist teachers work alongside our experienced form teachers to ensure a broad and motivating curriculum and consistently high standards for the all round development of our pupils. We begin to look at the children’s preferred learning styles and help them to understand themselves as learners.
Children learn to enquire, question, hypothesise, use their imagination and develop their physical, creative, mathematical and language skills. We also ensure that our pupils develop the social skills to be confident and responsible members of their class and school community. Whilst setting high academic standards, we also ensure there is an emphasis on fun and lots of practical experience both inside and beyond the school boundaries.


Key Stage 2

In Key stage 2 we aim for the highest possible standards and ensure our pupils are able to meet the additional challenge by setting individual targets and encouraging long term goals. Personalised learning, ongoing assessment, a range of groupings and teaching approaches and a selection of extra curricular activities all help to motivate and inspire, develop natural ability and encourage new interests.

During this phase our pupils will develop the skills to be effective and confident communicators and independent, responsible members of our school community. They will begin to grow in awareness about their role in the wider community and we will provide many opportunities for them to practice the skills they will need when they leave us. We want all our children and their families to experience success and to be proud of themselves and their achievements.

Many extra curricular activities are offered in conjunction with these subjects.  These activities can be viewed in the 'Extra Curricular' Section of this website.






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