The English Curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to help students foster an enthusiasm and love for the subject through drawing upon modern pedagogical approaches, nurturing independent learning and through a selection of topics that balances the contemporary with the classic. A Jebel Ali School student will develop their ability to express their opinion with skill and confidence, learn to exercise their creative muscles in constructing their own texts, and cultivate an imaginative, analytical and inquiring approach towards literature.
Over the course of three years, our students will be given the fundamental skills to cope with both GCSE and Post-16 curricula in English and Literature. They will be exposed to an eclectic mix of literary forms and text types, ranging from regional poetry and Shakespeare, to texts firmly rooted in the 21st Century such as blogs, opinion articles and speech writing. Above all else, when students leave our English classrooms at the end of Key Stage 3, we want them to feel confident in themselves and in their potential for future success.
Mathematics will be taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7. We will cover all the main subject areas: Number, Algebra, Data and Shape, Space and Measure. Emphasis will be placed on students achieving a deeper understanding of the subject through a mixture of rich tasks and practical applications of topics learnt.
The fundamental goal of Science in Year 7 will be to enthuse students with a love of the subject while equipping them with the skills they need to develop an appreciation of Science in the world around them and developing the skills they need to tackle the New GCSE course with confidence. While learning to work scientifically students will also develop their problem solving, communication, literacy and mathematical skills. Students will be taught in mixed ability groups following a course loosely based on the UK National Curriculum.
Geography is about the world in which we live. It is unique in connecting the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Geographers explore the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places, environments and their interconnections. It aims to help students makes sense of an increasingly complex world. Case studies, which are both local and global, are examined and contrasted, as well as current affairs.
Historians study past events and circumstances to help gain a better understanding of the world around us today. Work is aimed at developing skills required for extended writing, using historical sources, and research. Students analyse, evaluate, and interpret both secondary and primary sources. These skills are invaluable in a contemporary world which is dominated by information and communications.
Social studies is considered to be a key subject area across the UAE. This course is aimed at understanding the local culture and environment as well as global cultures. It helps students to develop a sense of belonging and an awareness of Emirati and other cultures. This unique knowledge serves students to better understand the value of the Muslim society in which they live. Links could later be made with GCSE Global Citizenship.
The aim of Year 7 in Spanish is to give students a sound introduction to studying a language. Students will develop their Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills through a range of activities and creative opportunities. The main focus in Year 7 is on communication and developing independence when using the language. The course of study in Year 7 aims to widen the students’ vocabulary and improve their knowledge, understanding and application of grammatical structures. Students will also learn about elements of culture in Spanish speaking countries through a range of activities.
Year 7 lessons will give students the opportunity to learn Arabic and develop the skills to communicate in Modern Standard Arabic. They will be taught holistically using the latest technology; we encourage them to be creative and scaffold their learning to build competency. The aim is to develop knowledge and skills within the Arabic language that will allow them to excel at GSCE and A level. Moreover, students will be introduced to the world of Arabic culture in the United Arab Emirates and across the Middle East.
Our Muslim students will enjoy learning about the Islamic spirit, morals, and values. This course will include half an hour recitation lesson each week alongside the regular Islamic lesson. Students will gain confidence in reciting the Holy Quran and build awareness and understanding of their religion. This course will enhance their problem solving and develop independent learning skills while studying research-based topics. This may lead to a GCSE in Islamic Education in Year 11.
The Art and Design curriculum will aim to give all students an understanding and experience of Art & Design Technology techniques and approaches. It will also focus upon the links between Art, Design & Technology in its use of materials, drawing skills and graphic design.
The Art & Design Technology curriculum at Jebel Ali School will be based firmly on a problem solving approach to learning through designing and making. It will encourage closer links with Art & Design and lean heavily towards the skills, techniques and media used in both subjects. In particular, the designing and making aspects of product design will be the core of this approach.
In our initial year the subject ADT will be followed to reinforce Art, Design & Technology links for both subjects.
The Drama Curriculum at Key Stage 3 is constructed to give students a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of staging, acting and devising. Jebel Ali School students will learn how to write and interpret scripts and how to use and interpret space, as well as exploring how and why dramatists develop themes, character, sets, costumes and props. Further essential components of the Key Stage will involve understanding how historical and cultural contexts influence drama, studying the origins of comedy and tragedy in Ancient Greece, and investigating different dramatic genres.
In Year 7 the emphasis will be on practical music making in a variety of styles and genres. Students will develop their music skills through the three key music areas of performing, composing and listening. There will be opportunities to use music software such as Garageband and Sibelius for composing and recording music.
In key stage 3, students undertake a series of projects that follow the Computing National Curriculum. These projects involve a wide range of activities such as programming, theoretical concepts, mobile app design, animation, networking and a range of online applications to equip students with the necessary skills to become independent learners through their other subjects. Furthermore, they will become global citizens and be able to employ digital tools effectively, ethically and be aware how to stay safe while working online.
Students will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. They will have the opportunity to develop and improve their performance in competitive situations in a variety of sports. Physical activities include team and individual games, athletics, swimming, dance and gymnastics. In addition, students will learn the importance of living a healthy active lifestyle and how they can access this through the curriculum, extra-curricular and the wider community. Our holistic approach to education will provide students with opportunities to build character, develop leadership skills, and instil values such as fairness and respect.
Jebel Ali is committed to developing the whole child. Through a wide range of extra-curricular activities, we offer our students the chance to push their boundaries in several dimensions.
A comprehensive and varied range of activities and experiences strengthens our commitment to developing each student’s interests and special abilities. The encouragement to participate is a feature of our school community given to all students. This approach evolves into an expectation that all students will grow to understand the value of making a contribution that goes way beyond the academic curriculum. Current clubs and activities include swimming, cricket, rounders, netball, frisbee, tennis, dance mat, touch typing, painting in the style of famous artists, beginners origami, Quran, band, choir.