Curriculum Information at GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

School Curriculum

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School proudly offers a bespoke curriculum, based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage framework and the National Curriculum for England, focusing on depth of understanding to prepare its international family of learners for success in an ever-evolving future.

Key knowledge, skills and understanding identified in the National Curriculum that underpin success in education, employment, lifelong learning and personal development are embedded in planning and taught alongside the Ministry of Education’s UAE Social Studies and Moral Education programmes and the JPS Wellbeing curriculum.

The curriculum at JPS is also underpinned by the GEMS core values of Global Citizenship, Growing By Learning, Leading Through Innovation and Pursuing Excellence. These values are embedded into curriculum planning so that pupils are not only prepared for academic success, but equipped to be well-rounded lifelong learners and responsible, proactive members of the global community, poised to engage the future with competence and confidence. The preparation of our pupils for their future in a world where globalisation and technology are driving rapid change requires that the curriculum at every point includes the use of IT and computing to enhance its delivery and to draw on world resources.

The outstanding ‘Creative Curriculum’ design helps to excite children about learning and provides relevant and meaningful learning experiences. GEMS Jumeirah Primary School provides a vibrant, inclusive and creative learning environment that encourages challenge, curiosity and choice. Our excellent standards create a learning programme that is exceptionally rich, relevant and fun.

Foundation Stage:

In the Foundation Stage, children learn through structured play planned around the seven interconnected areas of learning and development of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, which is based on a practical, hands-on approach and is crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. Children are guided with care through their stages of development and the expectations of the seven areas, namely:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Arabic is taught informally through songs by specialist Arabic teachers.

Primary Phase (Year 1 to Year 6):

The curriculum for the Primary Phase is lively, engaging and designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. We aim to develop creative, confident and inquisitive learners, who are ready to progress onto the next stage of learning by the end of the Primary Phase.

Highly qualified subject specialists teach Physical Education and Swimming, Music, Arabic and Islamic (to our Muslim students), in designated, well-resourced facilities and dedicated sessions in the Library, Science Lab and STEAM Room enhance the curriculum delivery of subjects by classroom teachers. A specialist French teacher teaches the Modern Foreign Language programme in Key Stage 2 and additional provision is made for native French speakers in Key Stage 1.

To ensure learning is meaningful and to increase opportunities for the application of knowledge, skills and understanding in real-life contexts, teachers make links across the curriculum wherever possible. Activities are planned and delivered to maximise first-hand experience and respond to children’s learning strengths. Visitors to school and external visits and residential trips to different places of interest enrich the curriculum each term.

Full time teaching assistants in Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) and shared specialist teaching assistants in Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6) support learning to ensure all children have excellent opportunities to access all aspects of the curriculum and achieve their full potential.