The curriculum followed is the National Curriculum for England, with
additional lessons in Arabic Language, Islamic Studies and Social
Studies to meet the requirements of the UAE Ministry of Education.
The National Curriculum for England defines two 'key stages'; Key Stage
1 through 2. In addition to offering education from Key Stage 1 to 2,
Al Muna Primary School offers Foundation classes for 3 to 5 year olds.
The National Curriculum Core subjects are: English, Mathematics and Science. Foundation subjects
are Design and Technology; Information and Communication Technology;
History; Geography; Modern Foreign Languages (Year 3 upwards); Music;
Art and Design; Physical Education and PSHCE. Due to Ministry of
Education regulations in the United Arab Emirates, Religious Education
is not taught. Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies are taught as
per UAE Ministry of Education guidelines.
Staff plan on a
weekly basis within the framework of the school's long and medium term
planning. Lessons are carefully differentiated to cater for mixed
A Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
programme called SEAL runs throughout the school. From Year 5, it also
The curriculum gives a complete learning
experience to the child. It is not only the lessons and activities that
are planned, organised and provided when at school, it is also the tone,
standards, quality and discipline of the school and the attitudes and
values it portrays. This is often referred to as “the hidden
curriculum”. The curriculum should be seen as much in terms of
experience, as of the knowledge and skills we believe the children
should acquire. It should also be thought of as being equally concerned
with personal qualities, behaviour and conduct.
In planning the
curriculum and putting it into practice, we ensure that excellence is
pursued and valued, that lessons are challenging and have pace and
direction. Whether the children are taught individually, in groups or as
part of a whole class, the teaching meets their individual needs.
Certain experiences, knowledge and skills that we promote, are essential
to the well rounded development of every pupil and form the basis to
future learning. On-going assessments take place in each Year Group, and
at certain times of the year there will be more formal assessments.
A Whole School Curriculum Plan, based on the National Curriculum for
England, serves as a framework for our teaching and learning and helps
ensure consistency and continuity between classes and across Year
Groups. Children are assessed after entry to the school and on an
on-going basis throughout the academic year. Assessments enable every
child’s progress to be carefully tracked. At the start of each term,
every parent receives an overview of the topics that will be studied.
The following paragraphs give some detail about each of the National Curriculum Subjects.
their years at Al Muna Academy the children will be encouraged
to develop their language abilities in the four key areas of speaking,
listening, reading and writing. The aim is to improve the child’s
fluency in using spoken and written language for a wide range of
purposes and to develop their understanding and critical appreciation of
the language of literature and of daily life.
Speaking and Listening
Spoken language comes naturally to most children, but there is a
continuing need for development and improvement. Most of the talking
young children take part in at home is casual and if they forget what
they wanted to say, or fail to make themselves clear, then there is
usually someone who will take over. As the children progress through the
Key Stages, it is the school's policy to encourage them to put longer
and more expressive units of speech together and to select a vocabulary
and a style appropriate to the occasion. Much of this is developed
through Drama and Speaking and Listening activities in Literacy. A
vital part of growth and personal development is learning to be a good
listener. Children are helped to handle increasingly complex speech by
their teachers and just as important, they are given opportunities for
group discussion, for a variety of purposes, with other children. They
will learn to plan and carry out an activity together, or to take into
account the opinions and ideas of others.
The ability to read is crucial to a child’s progress. At Al Muna
Primary School we seek to foster in every pupil a willingness to read
for enjoyment and for information and to progress towards the ability to
skim and scan textbooks and reference books for relevant information at
the same time as understanding the text. The vital foundations of this
process are laid in the early years. Parents can give tremendous support
to their children by demonstrating the enjoyment of reading and taking
every opportunity to stress how useful reading is, whether by pointing
out the signs and symbols in the street or labels in the shop or at
home. It is from this positive attitude to reading at home and in the
school that fluency in reading is achieved. Many of our younger
children learn to read by breaking words into sounds. Please encourage
your child to practise their sounds at home. Success in this area of
reading at a young age will help with spelling in later years.
Learning to write is a much more deliberate and painstaking process
than learning to speak; there are many things to think of all at the
same time. A high priority is given to developing the ability of your
child to learn to use English fluently and confidently, to receive and
communicate facts and ideas freely with accuracy, sometimes creatively
and with quality of expression.
We encourage children to attempt mark making in FS1
and to develop this into writing words, lists and sentences in FS2. By
Year 1, children are encouraged to think about VCOP (vocabulary,
connectives, openers, punctuation) whenever they are writing. By
assessing children's writing on a termly basis and comparing writing
levels across the school’s entire age range, we are confident that
children will become successful writers by the time they reach year 6.
main aim of Mathematics teaching is to give the children the knowledge
and skills to enable them to use Mathematics comfortably in everyday
life. This means much more than 'doing sums' or being able to manipulate
numbers and symbols, although these are important.
children will be introduced to Mathematics in a practical way, using
apparatus and material. The handling of Mathematics apparatus and the
structured use of the immediate school environment will help the
children gain essential concepts, whilst practising and developing
skills which lead to a sound understanding of mathematical thinking and
computation. At the appropriate time, the children learn their tables
and have regular mental Maths tests. In years 4, 5 and 6, children are
in sets for Maths according to their mathematical ability. This enables
some children to enjoy small groups and a great deal of teacher
Science plays an important part in our curriculum. All children
experience a broad, balanced, continuous science curriculum that covers
work on living things and their environment, materials and their uses,
Earth and Space, Forces and Energy. By taking part in practical
activities, the children are taught the skills of scientific
investigation which include observation, planning, predicting,
hypothesizing, measuring and fair testing.
Science work is
linked closely with other areas of the curriculum, particularly
mathematics, language, Information & Communication Technology and
Design and Technology.
History, Geography and Social Studies
will develop their understanding of and their skills in Geography and
History through class projects and individual topic work. The National
Curriculum guidelines are used in the planning of the lessons. History
and Geography form the core of many of our cross curricular topics and
themes with UAE social studies integrated throughout.
Design Technology (DT)
children are given the opportunity to work with and gain experience of a
wide range of materials and techniques. The children are encouraged to
plan and make their designs and to evaluate the end product, often
suggesting improvements for their designs.
Physical Education (PE) and Swimming
Swimming and Outdoor Games are part of the normal timetable and an
important part of the National Curriculum. Parents are therefore asked
to send a note to the school to inform the class teacher if, for any
valid reason, their child is not able to take part in these activities,
i.e. ear infection, damaged ligaments. The children attend Physical
Education lessons in a well-equipped and spacious sports hall or
outside. In addition to this, from FS2, children have swimming classes
and are involved in various outdoor games. Specialist Teachers take the
children for Swimming and Physical Education. In swimming the children
are involved in the development of stroke technique. The school has
facilities for basketball, netball, football, rugby and badminton as
well as various other ball games.
In Physical Education the children learn to control
their movement in negotiating tasks with and without apparatus and to
develop a sensitive awareness to the quality of body movement. Dance
will give the pupil the opportunity to express ideas and emotions
creatively to music. In Games, children will develop hand eye
coordination and footwork by using a range of sports equipment so that
they can participate in a variety of activities from football to tennis.
The different areas of P.E are Dance, Games, Swimming, Athletics and
Gymnastics. In addition, during their residential visit to Dibba, Year 5
and 6 children embark on outdoor, adventurous activities.
Art is often integrated with other subject areas. We aim to give our
children the use of a wide range of materials and techniques as well as
introducing them to a variety of styles and media. In doing this we
introduce them to the works of great artists as well as providing the
freedom to develop their own style and approach.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
are introduced to a variety of software applications and have
controlled Internet access for their learning. All classes have access
to networked computers, interactive whiteboards and a wide range of
other software applications, including control technology.
We aim to develop the confidence of all children in the use of ICT so
that they will take on-going responsibility for their own learning and
we provide opportunities for them to decide which ICT application is
appropriate to use in their work.
well as singing, children engage in playing a range of percussion
instruments and electric keyboards. The main aim in Music is to help
children to enjoy being part of a musical experience of sound and rhythm
through listening, appraising and performing. In Year 2, children learn
to play the recorder and from Year 3, children may opt for the
opportunity to play an instrument.
Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSHE).
our SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), children
will learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of
a community. They will also learn the basic rules and skills for
keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. The children
will have opportunities to show they can take some responsibility for
themselves and their environment. The children learn about their own and
other people's feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights
of other children and adults. They will develop social skills such as
how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments
and resist bullying.
At appropriate stages, the children will also learn about themselves as
growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas.
They will become more mature, independent and self-confident and learn
about the wider world and their role in the communities within it.
Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies
teachers present the Arabic lessons and children follow the guidelines
as set out by the Ministry of Education, giving them an opportunity to
learn about the language of the United Arab Emirates. The content of the
lessons is relevant to the age of the children, with an emphasis on
listening and speaking. Children with Arabic as a first language are
taught these lessons in Arabic, following the Ministry curriculum.
French is taught throughout Key Stage 2 by a specialist French Teacher.
The lessons are designed primarily to develop the children's listening
and speaking skills. Reading and writing is included and a wide range of
visual and audio stimuli are used, the emphasis being placed upon
developing the child’s confidence in speaking French.
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