Curriculum

GEMS FirstPoint School - The Villa offers a vibrant & creative learning environment.

GEMS FirstPoint School has designed its curriculum around the global needs of our students. Fundamentally, we offer the National Curriculum for England; however, we also incorporate the goals and values of GEMS Education and the rich national influence of the UAE. This mix results in students being offered a modern, exciting and educationally advanced curriculum.

Core Curriculum: National Curriculum for England

Language of Instruction: English

The value of receiving an international education in a global environment cannot be measured, and students are encouraged to discover more about the world and are supported in doing so.

GEMS FirstPoint School follows the National Curriculum for England course structure for Foundation Stage through to Year 12.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) and Foundation Stage 2 (FS2)

Ages: 3 years old and 4 years old

During the foundation years of school, children are introduced to important areas of learning that act as the starting point for subjects when they move into more formal learning.

In Foundation Stage, learning is introductory and play based, as students are nurtured and welcomed into the world of education in a positive, colourful, fun and happy environment. Fundamental information is taught to students and students are watched to ensure they are at the standard for their age level.

The key areas of learning and development covered at this stage will be:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Language: Students in the Foundation Stage are introduced to Arabic language and dedicated lessons delivered by Arabic specialists take place from FS2. French and Spanish also appear as students are introduced to the world and the languages it consists of.

By the end of Foundation Stage, students will be confident and comfortable in the school environment and have basic knowledge of core concepts in order to prepare them to begin the British National Curriculum.

Primary School

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6)

Ages: 5 years old to 10 years old

In these years of school, students lay a solid foundation for learning that they will use for the rest of their lives. The National Curriculum for England has a very structured flow of learning that challenges and assesses students to ensure development in key academic areas is being met.

Subjects taught in these years include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Arabic (for native speakers and for non-native speakers)
  • Islamic Education
  • Thematic Curriculum: which is a project-based approach to learning that encompasses History, Geography and Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Enterprise

Our enriched international curriculum gives students a number of opportunities to develop competencies and an understanding of the world and cultures in it. The Ministry of Education (UAE) has developed a regionally renowned curriculum for the learning of Arabic and Islamic that is second-to-none. Followed correctly, students will finish Key Stage 2 prepared for entry into the higher levels of learning and be well rounded, intellectual and global learners ready to take on greater challenges.

Our curriculum throughout all ages encourages students to enquire and develop their critical thinking skills. Development of leadership qualities and skills will be put into practical application in Key Stage 2, providing each student with the opportunity to share class and school responsibilities that nurture organisational skills, co-operation, accountability and team spirit. Enterprise and entrepreneurship will be key features of school life.

Students in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will prepare for the UAE International Benchmark assessments as prescribed by the KHDA and at the end of Key Stages, the UK SATs assessments in English, Maths and Science.

Secondary School

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and Year 8)

Ages: 11 years old and 12 years old

The middle years of school make for a seamless transition from primary years to upper years learning. At these ages, students are growing rapidly and they are paying more attention to their own unique identity and their place in the world. Learning at this age strengthens subject competency alongside supporting students as they take on more enquiry-based learning to answer their own questions about the world.

Our classrooms are encouraging, supportive and structured to allow students to maximise their learning opportunity.

Core subject at this level:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Citizenship
  • Science
  • Computer Science
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Art and Design
  • Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Islamic Education
  • PSHCEE PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, Education)
  • Humanities

Key Stage 4 (Year 9 to Year 11)

Ages: 13 years old to 15 years old

Our senior students are inspired to learn through a range of interesting skills are those that an individual can utilise to communicate and actively participate in the world around them; these include work placement, university seminars and workshops, and other relevant activities that we feel will add value to student development and preparation.

Core Subjects

Core subjects at this stage consist of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Arabic (for Arabic students)
  • Physical Education
  • Islamic Education (for Muslim students)

Electives

Furthering our commitment to individual student-development, we offer a variety of elective subjects for students to select from when designing their curriculum. These electives include:

  • French  
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Art and Design
  • Psychology
  • Music

Technology

As a specialist technology school, a whole range of technologies will also be available:

  • Resistant Materials
  • Food Technology
  • Electronics
  • Textiles

Post-16 Level

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 & 13): A-Levels

Ages: 16 years old and 17 years old

The final two years of school significantly shape and prepare students for the years post-graduation. At this stage, they have a greater responsibility in designing their curriculum around their strengths, competencies and interests. This introduces them to the decision-making process that will become a significant part of their lives. Students are encouraged to seek support when selecting the subjects to suit their requirements or to match their graduation expectations.

FirstPoint Core Enrichment Programme

To supplement the A-levels, students will have the opportunity to complete an extended individual or group project and will also take part in the FirstPoint Core Enrichment Programme. These additional opportunities will ensure that students leave FirstPoint not only with excellent results, but also with a well-rounded education that will prepare them for university and the workplace.

Subjects Offered

By this stage, individual competencies have been developed significantly. As the pursuit of individual excellence is our commitment, the range of subjects available for students to study at this stage is broad and widely inclusive of many interest areas.

Subjects offered:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology: Engineering
  • Design Technology: Fashion Design
  • Design Technology: Product Design
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Spanish

Upon successful completion of these years, students will graduate from GEMS FirstPoint School - The Villa, ready for the world ahead of them and prepared to reach new heights and become the innovators of tomorrow!