The information here is not exhaustive, but we hope that it gives parents and students an insight into the skills, concepts and ideas that they will encounter. Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum which includes the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, French or Spanish, Arabic, Geography, History, Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education. Information Technology skills are integrated into the context of each of these subject areas.

The curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 has its roots in the English National Curriculum, but has been further developed and adapted to the particular context of our school's international student body and our particular location.

Click on images below to view the Year Group VLE pages.

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For most subjects students are taught in their mixed ability form tutor groups. For Maths, French and Arabic students are placed in sets. In Maths and French the different sets follow the same curriculum. In Arabic, the different sets follow different courses to suit their different experience (or lack of previous experience) of the language. For Physical Education students are taught in separate gender groups.

The History and Geography of The Kingdom is a compulsory course, taken by all students in Y7. It is an indication of the schools commitment to developing an understanding of the host country. 

Islamic Civilization is a compulsory course where applicable, taken by all students in Y8 and Y9. It is an indication of the schools commitment to developing an understanding of the culture of the host country and the wider Islamic world. It focuses on the rich cultural heritage of Islam and its contributions to all aspects of the world.

Students are assessed in a variety of different ways, depending on what is appropriate to the subject and the nature of the skills or understanding that is being assessed. The types of assessment used include projects, assignments, end of unit tests, homework exercises, classwork exercises, orals, practical work, presentations and end of year exams.

Students receive two written reports in the year. The first report, which includes attainment and effort grades for each subject and a written comment from the form tutor is issued during term 2. The second report which includes subject skill grades and attainment and effort grades along with written comments from each subject teacher is issued at the end of the school year. Parent Consultations take place twice during the school year.

Homework is seen as an important aspect of the curriculum and students are expected to complete tasks by the specified date and to the best of their ability. A homework timetable operates for all students to help them organise their time. Students receive homework in three subjects each day and each should take about 30 to 40 minutes. Two homeworks are set per week in English, Maths, Science, Arabic and French/Spanish and one homework per week in other subjects.

Years 7, 8 & 9

  • Y7 Curriculum
  • Y8 Curriculum
  • Y9 Curriculum

PERSONAL SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION - Students have one PSHE lesson per week. Content covered includes Social, Personal and Health education

 

ENGLISH - The year 7 English Course emphasizes on developing critical literacy skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

 

MATHEMATICS  - The Year 7 Mathematics course is based on the English National Curriculum Key Stage 3. It covers all of the necessary elements of Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic and Data Handling. 

 

SCIENCE  - Students will gain considerable knowledge and understanding of science and also the ability to handle information and solve problems

 

LANGUAGES -  Choice of French or Spanish

 

ARABIC - There are three streams: First Language, Second Language and Non-Arabic Speakers. The aim is to provide students with a high standard of Arabic. 

 

GEOGRAPHY  - Looking at the planet on which we live by examining how natural and human processes are constantly changing it. 

 

HISTORY  - Areas studied in Y7

- What is History?

- The Roman Empire

- Islamic Empires

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY  - Preparing students for both the IGCSE ICT and Computer Studies Curricula.  Students will use: Spreadsheet, word processing, presentation authoring and Photoshop design. 

 

ART - The Art course teaches students to create art by developing an idea from initial drawings into a well-designed, coherent final piece. 

 

DRAMA - The aims of the course are to encourage creativity, develop ability, confidence and awareness. 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION  - comprises of a variety of activities which students are expected to progress through in terms of their understanding and skills

 

MUSIC  - Year 7 students will study performance, composition, listening skills and theory throughout the year. 

 

PERSONAL SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION - ‘Teaching Future Leaders’ curriculum. This curriculum equips students with cutting edge leadership skills for the 21st century work place.  

ENGLISH – The year 8 English course introduces students to the variety of skills they will be required to demonstrate throughout their studies in English. An emphasis is placed on developing critical literacy skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening.

 

MATHEMATICS - Covers all of the necessary elements of Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic and Data Handling. These include: Sequences and functions; Equations and formulae; Measures and Mensuration; Geometrical reasoning; Integers, powers and roots; Calculator methods; and solving problems

 

SCIENCE - Within the parameter of the syllabus, students will gain considerable knowledge and understanding of science and also the ability to handle information and solve problems. Experimental investigations are an integral part of the course.

 

LANGUAGES - Choice of French or Spanish

 

ARABIC - There are three streams: First Language, Second Language and Non-Arabic Speakers. The aim is to provide students with a high standard of Arabic.

 

GEOGRAPHY - Examination of world population, its growth and distribution. This is followed by focusing on the physical geography of coastal areas, weather and climate, and different ecosystems. Population and the physical geography of areas studied are then combined in studying global warming and its impacts.

 

HISTORY

Term 1 – Industrial Revolution

Term 2 - Slavery

Term 3 – Civil Rights

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY -

Term 1 - Website design - Level 1

Term 2 - Basic Flash - Level 1

Term 3 - Scratch

In parallel, students will be using different web 2.0 tools such as wikis, Vle, Q-rcode.

 

ART –

Term 1 - Image, Shape and Colour Harmonies

Term 2 - Applied Art: Carnival

Term 3 - Portraiture

 

DRAMA - The aims of the course are to encourage creativity, develop ability, confidence and awareness.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - The Year 8 Physical Education programme comprises of a variety of activities which students are expected to progress through in terms of their understanding and skills. There is an emphasis on fitness awareness.

 

MUSIC -

Term 1 - Reggae Music - Composition and Performance

Term 2 - History of Music - 20th Century Music and Theory of Music

Term 3 - Music for Film and Rhythms of the World and African Music

 

 

 

PERSONAL SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION - ‘Teaching Future Leaders’ curriculum. This curriculum equips students with cutting edge leadership skills for the 21st century work place.

ENGLISH - An emphasis is placed on developing critical literacy skills through reading, writing, speaking and listening.

MATHEMATICS – Course covers all of the necessary elements of Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic and Data Handling. These include: Sequences and series; Proportional reasoning; Pythagoras Theorem; Equations and formulae; Mensuration; Geometrical reasoning; Transformations; Simple trigonometry; Integers, powers and roots; Calculator methods; and solving problems.

Skills * develop logical, critical and creative thinking * develop an understanding of the principles and nature of the subject * develop patience and persistence in problem solving * transfer skills to alternative situations and to future developments * communicate clearly and confidently in writing and in graphical form.

SCIENCEThe Year 9 combined science covers: Photosynthesis, Plants and Plant Nutrition, Reaction of Metals, Patterns of Reactivity, the Periodic table and Formulae, Motion, Speed, Pressure, Moments, Heat Transfer, Magnetism and Electricity.

LANGUAGES - Choice of French or Spanish

ARABIC - There are three streams: First Language, Second Language and Non-Arabic Speakers. The aim is to provide students with a high standard of Arabic.

GEOGRAPHY - The topics investigated in Year 8 are further developed with new modules studied. Namely, Development, Weathering, Global Fashion, and Tourism.

HISTORY

Term 1 - Dictators and dictatorships

Term 2 - Genocide

Term 3 - The First World War

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Term 1 Database using File maker - Level 3

Term 2 Website design using Dreamweaver- Level 3

Term 3 Spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel - Level 3

In parallel, students will be working on projects using Excel, File maker and Dreamweaver.

ART

Term 1 - Islamic Art

Term 2 - Expressionist Art

Term 3 - Perspective

 

DRAMA - The aims of the course are to encourage creativity, develop ability, confidence and awareness.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - There is an emphasis on fitness awareness.

In Year 9 the students are expected to have developed their skills and a deeper knowledge, allowing them to progress to IGCSE Physical education if they so wish.

MUSIC

Term 1 – History of Music Podcast, Advanced Music Theory

Term 2 – Blues Music – Composition, Blues Music - Performance

Term 3 – Listening and Appraising of Music, Popular Music Song Compositions

OUTDOOR EDUCATION - The programme offers students opportunities to gain internationally recognised Sailing and Kayaking qualifications and outdoor life skills during two day courses in each sport.