Islamic Education is taught as one of our core subjects and is delivered by specialist teachers. We follow the Ministry of Education approved curriculum for Islamic Education for all of our Muslim students from Year 1 onwards. Islamic A is for students whose native tongue is Arabic and is, therefore, taught in the Arabic language. Islamic B is taught to other Muslim students and is delivered in English.
The curriculum addresses various areas of the child’s development. In the lower years, short Surahs, Hadeeth, Du’aa’, personal attitudes, environmental issues and socialising skills are all integrated into the curriculum. In later years, longer Surahs with interpretation, (Tafseer) and Islamic history and culture expand the breadth of study.
Trips, extra-curricular activities, (e.g. school clubs and competitions to improve Qur’an recitation), and assemblies/workshops presented by community partners on various topics within the Islamic Education curriculum enrich learning and help children progress, especially with the transference of knowledge to the practicalities of everyday life.
We aim to ensure that all of our children develop a general awareness of Islamic traditions and culture so as to better understand the context in which they live in Dubai. To this end, assemblies are shared with the whole school. We also encourage our Muslim students to share some of their personal experiences with their peers, (e.g. their celebrations of Eid), to further extend all students’ knowledge in a relevant and meaningful way.
Aims of the Islamic Education Curriculum for all Muslim Students
We provide a strong Islamic Education curriculum which supports our Muslim students in realising their educational and personal goals in relation to Islamic teachings. This will equip them to lead successful professional and personal lives, becoming positive and active contributors to society.
Research has shown that learning any language is beneficial to our overall development as effective learners as well as being a key skill in itself in an increasingly multicultural world. In the context of Dubai, Arabic, in particular, also helps children appreciate the richness and diversity of the Emirati culture in which we live. Arabic language is, therefore, a core subject in our curriculum, delivered by our team of qualified, experienced Arabic teachers.
Learning Arabic presents a new and exciting challenge for students; the direction and formation of text is very different to most of their native languages. Lessons are interactive and planned to make learning enjoyable and engaging to develop the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Assessment is done informally throughout lessons and formally by end-of-term assessments. Provision is made for students enrolling in Jebel Ali who have never studied Arabic to enable them to progress at an appropriate level and pace.
We adhere to the curriculum laid down by The Ministry of Education. Most students follow the programme for Arabic B which is for non-native speakers. Students who qualify under guidelines as first language speakers follow the programme for Arabic A which is delivered entirely in Arabic to ensure the children develop the requisite skills in their native language.
To offer another dimension to our languages programme, we also teach French in KS2. As with Arabic, French is delivered by teachers with specialist expertise. Lessons are fun and interactive and teach children about French culture as well as French language.
The music programme is based on the National Curriculum of England. The main areas of focus are Listening and Appraising, Performing and Composing. Thematic links are made with other areas of the curriculum where relevant and topics are supplemented with music from local Emirati culture. Music lessons are taught by specialist teachers in a dedicated and well-resourced music room.
By responding to music and engaging in practical music making, children have the opportunity to:
Develop attitudes and attributes that support learning in other subject areas and that are required for life and work, for example listening skills, concentration, coordination, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence, sensitivity towards others and teamwork.
All children start to read music and play the recorder during their class music lessons in Years 2-4. In addition, they have lots of hands on experience of playing percussion instruments. Children who demonstrate a keen attitude toward music are also encouraged to take up an orchestral instrument. The CMA Instrumental Programme offers children in Key Stage Two the opportunity to learn violin, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, drum kit and trumpet. Professional instrumental teachers from the Centre for Musical Arts, (based at the Gold and Diamond Park), teach group lessons, (maximum of 4 pupils), for 30 minutes per week. Lessons take place on a rota to minimise disruption to the curriculum. The school runs a ‘rent to buy’ scheme for the more expensive instruments.
The Music Department offers a range of after school activities:
The Music Department organises a Musical Soiree towards the end of Term Two, featuring the extra-curricular ensembles mentioned above and the most talented solo performers.
The Key Stage One seasonal performances are organised every year for the enjoyment of family and friends. These are a combination of music, dance and drama.
The main Key Stage Two Production takes place in June. All students in Years 5 and 6 are encouraged to participate in a large scale musical. There is plenty of scope for acting, singing, dancing, playing in the band or helping backstage.
Use of technology forms an integral part of teaching and learning at Jebel Ali. Every classroom is equipped with a range of technology including interactive whiteboards, digital cameras and iPads. There are laptop trollies across the school which are used by the class teachers to support the curriculum in addition to ICT labs that provide facilities for the teaching of the Computing programme. Jebel Ali is a Google Apps for Education environment: this online system offers students a safe and varied platform on which to learn about online collaboration and effective use of technology through the use of e-mail and Google Drive.
The Computing programme is based upon the English National Curriculum (2014) and is taught by specialist teachers. The curriculum can be divided into four main sections:
From the earliest years, children begin to develop the skills and competences required in successful programming. Apps, robots and a range of software titles are used to develop their logical thinking and to create games and functional programs using visual programming. Children learn to write their own algorithms and can understand how these can be used to solve problems in the real world. They can work with variables and various forms of input and output as well as understand how computers communicate in binary.
This element of the curriculum challenges children to recognise, understand and discuss the influence of technology on their lives. The children learn some of the basic architecture of computers including the names of key components. They also study how the Internet works and the opportunities it offers for communication and collaboration.
From an early age, children select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices including laptops, iPads and cameras. Children learn to manipulate and combine text, images, sound, video and the web to create a product suitable for purpose. The curriculum supports children in becoming effective data handlers and they can collect, manipulate, interpret and present data in a meaningful way.
Children at Jebel Ali are taught to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. We use age appropriate resources so that they can recognise key areas such as acceptable/unacceptable behaviour, identifying a range of ways to report concerns, password security, protecting personal information, reliability, copyright, safe conduct and responsible digital citizenship.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, PE focuses on physical development. We achieve this by providing varied opportunities for our younger children to be active and interactive. Through exploration, as well as directed learning, they will develop their imagination, agility and control.
KS1 PE focuses on the acquisition and improvement of skills within the following areas:
As a result of quality teaching and learning, our children achieve their own personal best in all areas of PE.
In Years 3 to 6, we take the fundamental skills developed at KS1 and further enhance these by integrating them into activities such as: gymnastics, football, athletics, rugby, netball, basketball, rounders, swimming, cricket and dance. The standard of PE in the school far exceeds expectations of the English National Curriculum.
Throughout the PE programme, children also develop understanding of the importance of physical activity and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Sport has a prominent role at Jebel Ali School. The Physical Education department offers an extensive extracurricular programme on a weekly basis throughout the year. It is our philosophy that all children should be allowed to succeed through our inclusive approach. We expect our teams to be competing and achieving success in all Dubai School’s Sport Leagues and tournaments held each term, whilst at the same time allowing everyone who wants to take part to do so. We do this by entering B, C and D teams alongside our A Team. Whilst striving for success, the children at Jebel Ali School also enjoy sport through the fun sessions offered as well as being encouraged to support their peers through games.
Teams are coached by experienced and committed staff who are supported throughout the year by visiting professionals. Our main termly sports are:-
All students are welcome to attend and we continue to offer a wide range of both team and individual sports.
Our sporting year concludes with our ‘Sports Awards Evening’ held in June.
Every member of staff at Jebel Ali Primary School delivers at least one extracurricular activity per term. This results in the school being a hive of activity from 2.15pm to 3.00pm every day of the week. Activities this term are shown here.
Children at Jebel Ali School have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities offered by Gulf Star. These opportunities allow the children to develop new skills by offering activities that ordinarily would be unavailable, such as Karate, Robotics and Street Jazz.
Our Swimming partner is M&S Sports. They offer curriculum support in every KS1 swimming lesson and support Years 3 and 4 in KS2. This allows children to be taught in a lower staff to student ratio, allowing each individual more specific attention. M&S also leads our school swim squad sessions. There activities are shown here.