FOUNDATION STAGE & PRIMARY
We use Dubai, the exciting plans for the future of Dubai, and the unique culture and heritage of the UAE, to make learning relevant and exciting for our children. In all classes we encourage the children to make choices and to become resilient, to ensure that every child makes as much progress as possible.
At The Aquila School we are understand the importance of children leading their own learning and learning through structured play. Our Foundation Stage children will have access to a number of learning areas both indoors and outdoors.
The curriculum followed in FS1 and FS2 is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, adapted by our staff to have a global dimension and to be relevant to children living here in the UAE. From FS1 the children will have the opportunity to take part in weekly PE, swimming and music lessons. Both native and non-native speakers will take part in daily Arabic lessons.
Areas of learning in Foundation Stage:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Mathematic Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
At The Aquila School we are committed to providing children with engaging, relevant learning activities that help them make as much progress as possible in all areas of the curriculum and prepare them for the next steps in their education- real learning for a real future.
The curriculum followed in Years 1 to 6 is based on the National Curriculum for England, adapted by our staff to have a global dimension and to be relevant to children living here in the UAE. The core of the curriculum is set but teachers are empowered to group areas of learning together to create topics which are of interest and of relevance to children in their class. We also value cross-curricular learning so that children make links between different subjects. In addition we pay equal status to the teaching of Arabic, Islamic, UAE Social Studies and Moral Education which make up the local Ministry of Education curriculum.
Regardless of the age of a child and their previous experiences our skilful teachers ensure every child learns what they need to learn right now.
Subjects in Years 1 to 6:
- Spanish (from Year 3 up)
- Islamic Studies (for our Muslim students)
- Art and design
- Design and technology
- Physical Education
- UAE Social Studies
- Moral Education
Beyond the Classroom
Students at The Aquila School are provided with many opportunities to develop and thrive. Learning is not limited to the classroom, but can also take place outdoors or through an educational visit, or a community service project. Lessons are lively, fun and challenging, and provide children with many opportunities to think critically and independently.
Social and Emotional Development
In addition to the British curriculum, our school values, ethos and teaching approaches encourage children to develop collaborative enquiry skills, and understand that they are important individuals who can make a positive difference to the lives of others. Our aim is to promote curiosity, to encourage students to ask questions, and to teach them to use their skills and knowledge confidently in real life situations.