The Foundation Stage 1 and 2
Our dedicated and experienced teachers and full time teaching assistants in each class provide the highest of standards for care, learning and development of children from the first day they arrive at GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail. Learning is exciting, multisensory, collaborative and fun. Creative play is a key way in which young children learn. Planned and purposeful student initiated and adult facilitated play is recognised through research as a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. The individual needs of children are identified and programmes are developed to extend talents and develop needs. Children are taught by our teachers and teaching assistants through their stages of development and the expectations of the seven areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Knowledge and understanding of the world- Science, Design Technology, ICT, Environment, History, Geography)
- Creative development- Music, art, dance.
Key Stage 1: Years 1 and 2
The teaching programme for Years 1 and 2 is lively, engaging and designed to meet the identified needs of all our students. The programme corresponds to Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum for England. Through our student centred and motivating learning opportunities, we develop creative, confident and inquisitive learners. Full time teaching assistants in Year 1 and 2 help to ensure all children have excellent opportunities to access each activity and achieve their full potential. ICT is integrated into learning enhancing and inspiring learners and learning. Practical and purposeful learning is a core component of the daily life for all of our students across all year levels.
Key Stage 2: Years 3-6
The Key Stage 2 four year programme of study produces creative, focused and competent learners who take on greater ownership and understanding of their learning. Children ‘learn how to learn’ and programmes are based on children’s identified strengths and needs. Students continue to develop social and communicative skills so that they are confident in their ability to work with others, to lead and to be contributing citizens within the school and beyond. ICT is an integrated feature again in Key Stage 2 with technology being utilised to enhance and extend both teaching and learning. Children have an input into the planning and evaluation of their own learning and review progress against personal targets that they set for their own learning. Specialised sports, music, language and performance opportunities increase allowing children to have a variety of broad experiences while being able to specialise in areas of strength and talent.
Subjects taught in Key Stage 1 and 2, Years 1-6 include:
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Design and Technology
- Art and Design
- Physical Education (PE)
- Arabic Language
- Islamic Studies
- Modern Foreign Languages- French
- Personal, Social and Health education (PSHE)
Key Stage 3: Years 7-9
Our Secondary Key Stage Three curriculum provides uninterrupted continuation from our Key Stage Two Programmes and a very clear progression pathway for our Key Stage Four courses, including GCSEs and IGCSEs. We place high value on our curriculum being balanced and stimulating, fostering an academic culture which encourages students to become independent enquirers and thinkers, learners who read widely, challenge and question.
We aim to develop character in our students by ensuring our provision, both curricular and extra-curricular, fully engages them in their learning and that students are confident in developing and applying a range of skills which will ensure they can further their knowledge and enthusiasm across the academic, artistic, cultural and sporting disciplines.
The following subjects are taught at Key Stage Three:
- Islamic Studies
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Design Technology
Key Stage 4: Years 10-11
During Year 9, students have the opportunity to choose four option subjects to study at GCSE or IGCSE Level, alongside a number of core subjects. Unless special dispensation has been sought, all students have to take the following compulsory subjects:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Social Studies
- Physical Education (non-examined)
- Islamic Studies (For Muslim students only)
In addition to this there are a range of options from which the students select four additional subjects to study. Those students who may commence their GCSE studies with a low level of English may opt for Directed Study. This is a non-examined subject but provides the students with additional time and support for their other GCSE courses and English language development. Directed Study is also offered as an option to late-starters, joining the Academy during Term 1 of Year 10 and who have transferred from a different curriculum, thereby providing these students with an opportunity to make a manageable transition to Key Stage Four at GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail.
The option subjects include:
- Business Studies
- Media Studies
- Physical Education
- Design Technology - Product Design
- Design Technology - Textiles
- Economics (2017-18 onwards)
- Photography (2017-18 onwards)
- Film Studies (2017-18 onwards)
Throughout secondary school, students also undertake Impartial and Independent Careers Guidance, entrepreneurship, cross-curricular studies and Personal, Social & Health Education. All students are encouraged to participate in wider learning opportunities through the many clubs, societies and curricular group projects. Students are given opportunity to have tuition in learning a musical instrument, and will enjoy wider artistic, sporting and cultural events, including day and residential trips to complement in-school learning.