The Primary School at Newlands
Year 1 to Year 4
As children transition to the primary phase, their enjoyment of learning will be visible to everyone who comes into contact with them. As they mature, the curriculum becomes a lot more structured and they are required to develop their depth of knowledge across a variety of subjects.
In Key Stage 2, teachers will develop themed subject and cross-curricular modules that combine citizenship, humanities and social learning. Key modules will address: forms of government and democracy; citizen’s rights and responsibilities; Dubai’s economic foundations; poverty; the causes and resolution of conflict and wars; pollution and corruption; the contribution of the ancients; the advance of science; discovery and colonisation. This programme will be enhanced in assemblies, through clubs and societies and with termly cross-curricular challenges for students to engage with, individually and in groups.
The curriculum will involve 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 Key Stage 3 and beyond, history and geography will be taught discretely and the social and cultural curriculum will be addressed through a mixture of assigned time and mapped activities taking place within subject programmes. Again, this approach will be enhanced in assemblies, through clubs and societies and with termly cross-curricular challenges for students to engage with, individually and in groups. Key modules will address: the global financial crisis; science and medical ethics; the advance of technology; the role of money and enterprise; the gains from trade and international cooperation; scarcity, the allocation of resources, the cost of industrial advance and environmental crises; and the value of innovation and progress.