Building on Curiosity
Key Stage 1 is an integral part of a student’s learning, where we ensure progression in the development of essential life skills. Students are encouraged to learn through a sense of enquiry and develop a keen desire to know. The school aims to provide a happy, nurturing environment where each child is treated as an individual. With our strong well-defined curriculum, students grow into being well-rounded, happy and responsible people.
At Key Stage 2, a wide range of learning strategies are used to make learning effective for the different learning styles of the students. Both the assessment strategies and learning strategies are planned to help develop independent reflective learners. Differentiated learning ensures there is no ceiling set to learning.
The curriculum in Key Stage 2 includes Literacy, Numeracy, Science, French, Urdu, History, Geography, UAE Social studies, ICT, Art , PE and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
At this key stage, the learning process is aimed at gaining knowledge methodically and comprehensively.
Primary importance is placed on the core subjects of the National Curriculum (English, ICT, Maths and Science). Arabic, as the second language, is taught as a written and spoken language.
A choice of subjects – Urdu and French are offered as the 3rd language option. Co-curricular activities such as sports, drama, debate and theme based projects are organized on a regular basis. Art/ Craft, Painting, Library, Audio Visual classes and ICT skills are also part of the daily time- table. Field trips, picnics, environmental and educational trips are part of the extra-curricular activities.
The Primary school studies at The Apple International School promote healthy physical, emotional and spiritual growth as well as comprehensive academic progress. A ‘hands- on’ approach, exploration and discovery rather than rote learning, strengthens teamwork, encourages self- reliance, awakens intellectual curiosity and fosters global awareness. Small class- sizes allow effective teaching and ensure that individual needs and expectations are met.
Students are encouraged to develop:
- Research skills through independent enquiry
- Communication skills through drama, elocution, role – play, listening and speaking as an effective communicator.
- Social skills through mutual respect and tolerance, ability to deal and resolve conflict
Regular homework assignments allow study skills to be put into practice: students learn to manage time efficiently, follow instructions accurately and treat topics resourcefully. Progress of students is monitored by a dedicated team of specialist teachers under the Primary School Coordinator’s leadership.