Curriculum

Offering a world-class education founded on an elaborated National Curriculum for England (NCfE)

Cambridge International School -Dubai follows the National Curriculum of England. This Curriculum, commonly known as the "British' National Curriculum, is extensively used by international schools around the world. It is a detailed, planned and integrated scheme covering a child's whole school experience, from the age of 3 to 18. It is a skill-based curriculum, served by many excellent textbooks and resources, with its own testing mechanism. It fits into the English public examination system (GCSE, AS & A Level, Btech), which is accepted by universities throughout the world.

An Education for Life

The National Curriculum for England provides students with an education that is recognized and held in esteem around the world. Acknowledged for its high academic standards and its well-rounded approach to education, the curriculum provides students with transferability and the opportunity to gain access to reputable universities, worldwide. Students from Cambridge International School have been accepted to prestigious universities around the world.

The school follows The National Curriculum for England and is organised on the basis of Key Stages, which are categorised as follows:

 

Key Stage Age Year Groups Performance Levels
Foundation Stage 3-5 FS1 and FS2  
Key Stage 1 5-7 Year 1 and Year 2  
Key Stage 2 7-11 Year 3- Year 6  
Key Stage 3 11-14 Year 7- Year 9 3-8
Key Stage 4 14-16 Year 10 and 11 IGCSE defined/BTech
Key Stage 5 16-18 Year 12 and 13 As/A2/Btech

 
Performance Levels

For each subject and for each Key Stage, programmes of study are set out to determine what students should be taught. Targets to be attained are identified to set the expected standard of students' performance. These standards of performance are set out in 8 Level descriptions.

Foundation Stage (FS1 and FS2)

Age: 3 years old and 4 years old

The Early Years Foundation Stage programme has 7 areas of learning.

3 prime areas:

  • Communication and Language: English (Arabic and French are also included, at introductory levels)
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World – Technology
  • Expressive Arts and Designs

Each area of learning is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of child-initiated/adult-led activities. In the Early Years we recognise the characteristics of effective learning as:

Playing and Exploring

The 7 core areas of learning are developed through a number of teaching methods, including Active Learning.

Active Learning

There are four guiding principles that shape our Early Years practice:

  • Unique child: Every child is a unique individual who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Enabling environments: Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs.
  • Learning and development: We recognise that all children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

Fostering values of happiness, compassion and respect is at the heart of our Early Years programme. We use these values to channelize the seven areas of learning and help our young learners reach their highest potential as they form new friendships.

Departments and Subjects

The Kindergarten programme for children aged 3 to 5 is called the Foundation Stage. It is designed to prepare children to begin the National Curriculum for England, which begins around the age of five in Key Stage 1 and continues through to Key Stage 4.

A child's progress is closely monitored and assessed against appropriate age performance standards. Every encouragement and help is provided for children to attain their full potential.

The early learning goals of the foundation stage details are:

  • Confident to try things, initiate ideas and speak in a group;
  • Able to maintain attention, concentrate and sit still;
  • Interesting, excited and motivated to learn
  • Respectful of their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people
  • Showing a range of feelings including joy, awe, wonder and sorrow

Subjects taught in Key stage 1 includes:

English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French, Computing, Social Studies, Design & Technology, Art, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Music and Physical Education Children learn best when they actively participate in the learning process.

Learning through structured play and a regular programme of field trips forms an integral part of the Kindergarten and Key Stage 1 curriculum.

Supported by a well-resourced library, computer facilities and music studio, students in Kindergarten and Key Stage 1 are encouraged to explore and develop their natural abilities and talents.

By the end of Year 2, it is expected that all students would have developed social skills, an enthusiasm for learning, will be able to read and write and use simple mathematics at a level appropriate for their age or beyond. They will have gained a significantly improved understanding of our world through knowledge of elementary history, geography and science. Of course, they will have begun to develop their creative talents in art and music alongside their physical development through dance, games and gymnastic activities.

Key Stage 2

Year 3 to Year 6

Students in this programme follow Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum for England, which continues to build on the foundations that are established in Kindergarten and Key Stage 1.

Ongoing assessment ensures that each child's progress and development are continuous and meet predetermined standards. We encourage students to think independently, use their initiative and to participate in a meaningful and active manner in the learning process.

English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Studies, Social Studies, Art, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Music and Physical Education Children learn best when they actively participate in the learning process.

A selection of extra-curricular activities broadens the opportunities for students to enhance their natural abilities and to challenge themselves through development of new interest areas. Extra-curricular activities may include drama, choir, computers, art and design, a variety of sports activities and a number of school clubs.

Throughout the educational experience at Cambridge International School-Dubai, students are involved in learning the practical use and application of Information and Communications Technology.

Development of leadership qualities and skills is put into practical application in Key Stage 2 providing each student the opportunity to share class and school responsibilities that nurture organisational skills, co-operation, accountability and team spirit.

By the end of Year 6, our aim is that all students will have gained a well-rounded education. They will have matured through understanding and character development, have developed articulate expression and confidence and will be well prepared for their secondary education.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 to Year 9

Subjects in Key Stage 3 includes:

  • English
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Computer Sciences/ICT
  • French
  • Art and Design
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Arabic/Islamic studies

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

In Key Stage 4 the IGCSE curriculum (Years 10 and 11) is introduced.

A range of subjects, catering for a variety of academic needs and interests, are offered. These include the following compulsory subjects:

  • English
  • Literature
  • Computer Science
  • ICT, Mathematics
  • Business Studies
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Environmental Management
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Creative Media
  • Arabic
  • Islamic
  • French
  • Global perspective

A and AS levels

During the final two years of school, students sit for AS and A levels. Again, a wide range of subjects are offered which assist in preparing students for higher studies or a multitude of career opportunities.

Key leadership qualities are very important in these senior years. Students in these classes will be challenged to accept and develop responsibilities as leaders and citizens of the world.

Subject options available in the A-Levels are:

  • Accounting
  • Applied ICT
  • Arabic, Art & Design
  • Biology, Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • Literature
  • Environmental Management
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Travel & Tourism
  • BTECH - Business Studies
  • IT
  • Media Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Science