Subject Information

Key Stage Information

Students at GEMS Royal Dubai School follow an enriched version of the New National Curriculum for England,where they may transfer to or from other National Curriculum schools around the world. The school is a COBIS member and support students wanting to transition between the UK and UAE.

The subjects that are available at GEMS Royal Dubai School are:

  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • Creative Arts (Music, Drama & Art)
  • French (from Year 3 onwards)
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Computing
  • Geography
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Digital Learning
  • Moral Education 

The National Curriculum for England provides the structure for GEMS Royal Dubai School and ensures a seamless transition for our students when transferring between any other British curriculum schools around the globe, supported by our COBIS status.

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
  • Digital Learning
  • Social Studies
  • Moral Education (Year 2 to Year 6)

Foundation subjects:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social, Health  Education and Citizenship
  • French (from Year 3)

First and second Arabic language lessons and Islamic Education (for our Muslim pupils) are taught from Year 1 in accordance with local Ministry requirements. In FS1, Arabic First Language Speakers spend a weekly allocated time with an Arabic teacher engaging in play-based activities to further enhance their Arabic language skills. In FS2 children will receive two 30 minute sessions of Arabic as a class; with differentiated activities for first and second language speakers. French is also taught as an additional language from Year 3.

Success develops naturally in children who are happy, well-motivated and given the encouragement to push themselves. We therefore encourage students at GEMS RDS to be prepared to take a few risks along the way, knowing they will always be supported.


Foundation Stage

At our GEMS Dubai school, we know how young children learn, and provide a stimulating environment in which they flourish.

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

We take seriously our role in encouraging children to develop the leadership skills, resilience and confidence which will help them succeed in a challenging world. In Key Stage 1, this means specialist teachers working alongside our experienced class teachers to ensure a broad and motivating curriculum whilst achieving consistently high standards for the all-round development of our students. Each child is treated as an individual, and at GEMS RDS we look at the youngsters’ preferred learning styles and help them to understand themselves as learners.

With its outstanding academic record, first-class facilities and excellent pastoral care, GEMS Royal Dubai School offers all students the chance to excel both inside and outside the classroom. They 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

With a friendly atmosphere, the children are well mannered and eager to learn. High standards are expected and met, and each child is regarded as an individual. In Key Stage 2 there are many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, with students thriving in a stimulating environment and making use of the excellent facilities on campus.

With a combination of traditional and modern teaching methods, each child is encouraged to develop into an independent learner and succeed to the best of their ability. This is achieved through aiming for the highest possible standards and ensuring that all students are able to meet challenges by setting individual targets and encouraging long-term goals. Personalised learning, ongoing assessment, a range of teaching approaches, as well as a selection of extra-curricular activities, all help to motivate and inspire, develop natural ability and encourage new interests.

The GEMS Royal Dubai School seeks to encourage and develop a range of gifts and talents amongst its students. It has high academic standards and aspirations, but also encourages artistic, creative and sporting excellence. We are confident that the overall effect of children receiving such a broad curriculum will be that they discover their skills and interests, and will gain the self-belief and a willingness to live their lives to the full.