Key Stage One at FPS

Key Stage 1 Mini-School

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. 

Loren Anderson

Head of Mini-School FS
& Key Stage 1

Meet The Head of Mini-School FS & Key Stage 1

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Head Teacher for the Mini-School for FS and Years 1 and 2. I feel privileged to be working alongside such supportive and enthusiastic parents. I am really looking forward to working with you and your amazing children.

Explore the Key Stage 1 Curriculum

  • Overview

    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. 

    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 1 prepared for Key stage 2 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 will prepare for the UAE International Benchmark assessments as prescribed by the KHDA. 

  • Subjects Taught

    • English 
    • Mathematics 
    • Science 
    • Enterprise  
    • Social Studies 
    • Moral Education   
    • Thematic Curriculum
      which is a project-based approach to learning that encompasses History, Geography and Visual and Performing Arts. 
    • Personal, Social and Health Education 
  • Specialist Subjects

    • Arabic (for native speakers and for non-native speakers) 
    • Islamic Education 
    • Physical Education 
    • Desert School 
    • Computing 
  • Enrichment Opportunities

    Key Stage One’s curriculum is enhanced through an extensive range of extra-curricular activities and education visits. The extra-curricular activities range from coding to arts and crafts to football skills to let’s speak French. The students love having the opportunity to learn a new skill or talent during the extra-curricular activities which take place after school. In addition to the extra-curricular activities, the students put their learning into a real life context during educational visits. In Key Stage One, the students go to a variety of places including Ski Dubai, a farm and Legoland. All education visits are related to the students learning and enhance the curriculum.  

  • Assessment

  • Extra Curricular Activities

    Information & Technology

    Creative Arts




    Science & Maths


     Dough Disco

     Friendship Club

    Football Skills

    Let's Speak Dutch

    Groovy Growers

     Little Chefs

     Arts and Crafts

     Eco Club

     Irish Dance Superstars

     Let's Speak French

    Desert Explorers

     Mini Enterprisers


     Netball Skills

     Arabic Songs


     Cosmic Yoga

     Qur'anic Stories


     Zumba Kids

     Arabic Home Learning


     Fine Motor Skills in Arabic




  • How many hours per subject do the children study?

    Each week, the children will have 5 hours of English (in addition to separate Phonics and Reading sessions), 5 hours of Maths, 2 hours of Science, 1 hour of Enterprise, 4 hours of Arabic, 2 hours of Islamic (if applicable), 1 hour of Social Studies, 1 hour of Moral Education, 2 hours of PE, 1 hour of Desert School, 1 hour of Computing and 2 hours of theme.  

  • Can the children wear their PE kit the whole day when they have PE?

    Yes, they can wear their PE kit to school on PE days.  

  • Does the school provide snack and lunch?

    No, every child should bring their own healthy snack and lunch to school. We have a no nuts policy due to students having severe allergies towards nuts.  

  • Who teaches the children Arabic?

    Arabic specialists teach the children Arabic. The students are split into groups, Arabic A for native Arabic speakers and Arabic B for non-native Arabic speakers.  

  • What devices do the students use in class?

    From Year 1, we have the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place. Children have the opportunity to use their own device within the school setting to enhance the curriculum further. We also have other devices available for students if they do not have their own. The devices are only used for educational purposes and during certain lessons.   

  • What Phonics scheme does the school use?  

    FPS follows Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme. The children have set lessons each day for Phonics in Years 1 and 2. The children complete the Phonics lessons with their class teacher.  

  • Do you follow a specific Maths scheme?  

    At FPS, we have adapted the curriculum to the Maths Mastery approach. A maths mastery approach has ambitious expectations for all learners, gaps in learning are immediately addressed, all learners’ access rich mathematical content and conceptual and procedural maths are taught together.  

  • How do I know my child is progressing?  

    Each half term, every parent is sent a data capture with a full report at the end of the academic year. We also have one target setting meeting at the beginning of the year and two parent consultation meetings throughout the school year.  The partnership between the school and home is vital so there is continual, open communication between the parents and class teacher.  



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