Curriculum

GEMS Winchester School Fujairah offers a value-based British education and is one of the few reasonably priced private schools in Fujairah to offer world-class standards of education.

Curriculum: National Curriculum for England

 

Grades: Kindergarten 1 (KG1) to Grade 11*

At GEMS Winchester School Fujairah we teach the traditional UK curriculum but in an international context where the UAE Ministry of Education syllabus is incorporated into the curriculum structure.

In addition to the development of specific skills and competencies, the curriculum emphasizes enquiry, creativity, analytical evaluation and other skills needed to meet the challenges of the future.

 

Course Structure

Students are introduced to English, Mathematics and Science through activities that include the teaching of:

  • Shapes
  • Colours
  • Letters
  • Numbers
  • Seasons

 

KG1 and KG2

Age:  4 and 5 years old

The KG of school introduces young learners to school-life, as students develop their motor skills, foundation-level numeracy and literacy skills, and self-esteem through play-based learning activities in a safe and exciting environment.

 

Grades 1, 2 & 3

Age: 6, 7 & 8 years old

Students are still discovering their skills and competencies, and at this stage they are introduced to subjects that will lay the foundation for learning as they go into higher year levels. Learning is still exciting and the learning atmosphere is stimulating.

Core Subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Other Subjects:

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • UAE Social Studies.
  • Arabic A (for Arabic speakers)
  • Arabic B (for non-Arabic speakers)
  • Islamic Studies (for Muslim students) or Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) (for non-Muslim students)
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Art

 

Grades 4, 5 & 6

Age: 9 years old to 15 years old

Students start to rationalise and think independently. The curriculum sets challenging targets and its methodical implementation encourages each student to pursue individual targets and goals. Older students are ready for creative and accelerated learning; they become aware of the need to set daily goals and have long-term objectives.

 Core Subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

 Other Subjects

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • UAE Social Studies.
  • Arabic A (for Arabic speakers)
  • Arabic B (for non-Arabic speakers)
  • Islamic Studies (for Muslim students) or Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCEE) (for non-Muslim students)
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Art
  • French

 

Grades 7 – 10

WSF covers the National Curriculum for England in KS3 and KS4.

Delivering Arabic and Islamic education as required by the Ministry of Education.

  • Subjects offered:
  • Arabic
  • Islamic
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Music
  • Art
  • Information Technology
  • Physical Education

Recognise our cultural diversity and utilise the UAE’s distinctive geography and rich history as a resource for learning through the UAE Social Studies programme.

To allow students to acquire and develop skills in speaking, listening, literacy and numeracy.  Incorporate regular assessment and reporting.

 

To facilitate Secondary students to apply and to join universities of their choosing in a wide range of countries and to provide guidance to assist the process.

Providing exam qualifications provision through CIE and Edexcel examinations

 

Breadth

Breadth will allow students to have contact with different elements of learning – knowledge, skills, concepts and attitudes – and the different areas of learning- aesthetic, creative, human and social, linguistic and literary, mathematical, moral, physical, scientific, spiritual and technological.

Balance

Balance will allow each area of learning and experience appropriate attention. Local, regional and international comparisons will be made in discussions concerning the best balance across the curriculum.

Coherence

Coherence will be achieved through planning and discussion with schemes of work for all courses at all levels documented in advance. Monitoring aims to consider individual student progress over their whole curriculum.

 

Relevance will be achieved:

Through recognition of previous learning, with clear records maintained of work completed and standards achieved;

Through planned progression;

Through careful counselling of subject in selection of subject options in year 9, where maximum freedom of choice for the student (within the inevitable constraints) will be a high priority.

 

This will be especially true in key stage 4 where this principle underpins all of the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) the students require to make vital curriculum choices.

 

Differentiation will be achieved:

Through detailed and appropriate planning and discussion of students individual needs;

Through teaching style and method;

Through teacher response to individual’s work triggered by regular assessment of aural and written contributions.

 

Curriculum planning will take place throughout the year. Every effort will be made to match the resources of the school to the needs of the students, though it is accepted that issues related to variability may compromise curriculum ideals.

 

Inclusion

WFS recognizes that every student has specific learning needs. The school is developing provision with specific learning needs. When necessary, an educational review is carried out by the head of inclusion, to determine the nature and extent of the special needs, to inform school practice. A register is kept of those students who receive SEND (Special Educational Needs) support EAL (English Additional Language) provision and AGnT (Able Gifted and Talented)  students. Individual policies exist to inform all procedures.

 

Moral education and Personal Social Health Education

The need for students need to be healthy, to stay safe, to enjoy and achieve economic well being and to make a positive contribution to the community lies at the heart of primary and secondary curriculum. The programme is integrated into the primary and secondary curriculums through dedicated periods.

 

*Winchester School Fujairah will grow each year adding higher grades until it has all grades from KG1 to Grade 12 by 2020. This means that Grade 9 will open in September 2017, Grade 10 in September 2018, Grade 11 in 2019 and Grade 12 in September 2020.