The English National Curriculum and American Curriculum

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A PLACE WHERE WE EXPLORE (Nursery and Foundation Stage 2)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we use the EYFS Framework which sets standards for the learning, development and care of all of our children. Our expertly skilled EYFS team delivers high-quality early education that supports an exciting, yet integrated, approach to early learning. With our meticulously planned and enriched environment, the EYFS team aim to ensure all children fulfil and exceed their potential.

The framework focuses on the three prime areas of learning (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development) and details the four specific areas which support the prime areas.

Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for your child to participate successfully in society and become lifelong learners:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
Your child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically
Continuous provision allows your child to learn through play and develop in the context of relationships and the environment around them. Al Mamoura Academy’s rich learning opportunities extend beyond the classroom and include our:

  • spacious shared area
  • outside learning

A PLACE WHERE WE GROW (Year 1-2)

In the Lower Primary, we aim to provide a successful, seamless transition from the EYFS curriculum into the English National Curriculum (ENC). We aim to provide a broad learning experience of English National Curriculum subjects alongside Ministry of Education ones. We encourage a rich variety of approaches to teaching and learning that cater for the different needs of individual children. The learning pathway is delivered through enquiry or ‘project-based learning’, a method of teaching which inspires a love of learning and deepens a student’s knowledge by challenging them to complete real-world tasks.

The range of subjects the students’ study are:

English National Curriculum:

  • English (Reading, Writing, Phonics)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Topic (History, Geography, Art, Design Technology)
  • Computing
  • Physical Education (Specialist Teacher)
  • Music (Specialist Teacher)
Ministry of Education:

  • Arabic
  • Islamic
  • Social Studies (Year 2 only)
  • Moral Education

A PLACE WHERE WE FLOURISH (Year 3-4)

In the Upper Primary, we aim to provide a successful, seamless transition between the different phases of the school. This transition encompasses the students’ journey from the Lower Primary, but also prepares them for their graduation into the exciting Middle School. In the Upper Primary, we enable children to adapt to new settings, quickly grasping teaching and learning methods and new expectations. This enhances the students’ academic performance and most importantly ensures their well-being in school.

The exciting and innovative curriculum we offer gives a complete learning experience to the child through the range of subjects covered below:

English National Curriculum:

  • English (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Topic (History, Geography, Art, Design Technology)
  • Computing
  • Physical Education (Specialist Teacher)
  • Music (Specialist Teacher)
Ministry of Education:

  • Arabic
  • Islamic
  • Social Studies
  • Moral Education

LEARNING FROM THE MIDDLE (Year 5-8)

In the Middle School years, Al Mamoura Academy’s rigorous curriculum focuses on supporting students to become independent learners and preparing them to succeed in Senior School and beyond.

Our Middle School learning program is an outstanding bespoke international curriculum which is designed to meet the developmental needs of young minds by offering a holistic program which encourages collaboration, creativity and developing innovative minds.

The subjects our students in Year 5 -8 study are:

Year 5 – homeroom teaching with some specialist lessons. These will include:

  • Arabic
  • Art – specialist
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology – specialist
  • English
  • Islamic
  • Mathematics
  • Moral Education
  • Music – specialist
  • Physical Education – specialist
  • Science – 2 homeroom and 1 specialist
  • Social Studies
  • Topic
Year 6 – 8 – specialist curriculum lessons for all subjects. These will be:

  • Arabic
  • Art
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Islamic
  • Maths
  • Moral Education
  • Music
  • PE
  • Science
  • Social Studies

We grow our students to be naturally motivated and actively engaged in their learning and our curriculum offers students a chance to engage in subjects with a specialist teacher from Year 5 onwards. Our curriculum also prepares our students for future pathways in either the English National Curriculum or the US curriculum.

TRIUMPHING FROM THE TOP (Year 9-13)

The Senior School curriculum is a skills-focused programme that provides students with a broad and balanced knowledge of key subjects, as well as effective critical thinking and communication skills.

In Year 9 our students start their decision-making process for their option years whether it will be English National Curriculum or US Curriculum. In order to guide them with the process they will have careers support from our Careers Adviser through Parent information meetings, assemblies, group chats and 1-1 chats.

ENGLISH NATIONAL CURRICULUM ROUTE

If our students follow the English National Curriculum, they will start their two-year examination course, which revolves around preparing for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSEs). The examination boards we use are Pearsons Edexcel and Cambridge. These widely recognised entrance qualifications are valuable assets for students seeking admission to their preferred university, and are excellent preparation for the challenges of university life.

Students study the core IGCSEs in English, Maths and Science. This course of study is complemented with a number of optional IGCSEs. Students are given a choice of three pathways where they would achieve between 7 and 11 IGCSEs.

The options available at IGCSEs for:

  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Arabic 1st Language
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Food and Nutrition
US CURRICULUM ROUTE

If our students follow the United States curriculum, they will follow the Massachusetts curriculum. The American Massachusetts State Curriculum is the most highly regarded of all study programmes in the United States and it is a four-year program which allows our students to achieve their High School Diploma at the end of Year 13 (Grade 12). The American High School Diploma is the standard qualification to gain entry into leading US universities and colleges. The diploma is also increasingly being recognised by other leading higher education institutes across the world.

Due to the highly regarded curriculum it has close ties to prestigious universities such as Harvard and MIT, and it stands above other curricula for its rigorous, comprehensive and forward-thinking design. It’s also considered to be more demanding – and therefore rewarding – than the American Common Core Curriculum.

The curriculum allows for flexibility at the end of each year where students have the chance to change their option subjects or to continue to embed their understanding further.

In order to achieve their High School Diploma, students will study the English, Maths and Science as well as three option subjects. Alongside these subjects they will have an enrichment course which will focus on study skills and careers.

The options available at US Curriculum for our students are:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Food and Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
A LEVELS

In the Post 16, most students will opt for three A-levels over the two years as well as the chance to study for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The A-level ensures students develop a mastery of several complementary or contrasting subject areas, whilst allowing them also to pursue options in areas of strong personal interest.

All of our A-level subjects are taught by specialist teachers who have a passion for their subject and who are there to support our students as they make their choices for university and beyond. The A-levels’ combination of rigour and specialism makes it an ideal preparation both for university and working life.

The options available at A Levels for our students are:

CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATION BOARD

  • History
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Computer Science
EDEXCEL EXAMINATION BOARD

  • Art and Design
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Politics
  • English Language & Literature
  • Modern Foreign Languages – French – Spanish
  • Psychology
  • EPQ Qualification
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION CURRICULUM

As a school who is situated in the UAE, we also run the Ministry of Education Curriculum.

Our students will study Arabic and Islamic studies alongside the English National Curriculum and US Curriculum. Our Native students will study both subjects until the end of their education. Our Non-Native students will study Arabic until Year 9 and then can opt to study Arabic in Year 10 onwards.

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