Curriculum

Offering a world-class education founded on the CBSE curriculum for grades 1-5.

School Levels

The GEMS New Our Own Private High School, Sharjah, will commence Phase I with the Pre-primary and Primary levels. Middle, Secondary and Senior Secondary levels will be introduced subsequently each year.

 

Pre-primary level

  1. ‘SA’ADA’ (Kindergarten-1); Age: 4 years’ old
  2. ‘BAHDJA’ (Kindergarten-2); Age: 5 years’ old

 

Primary Level

Grades 1 to 5

Age: 6 years old to 10 years’ old 

 

The Pre-primary curriculum is aligned with the primary and middle school learning program ‘to nurture the intellect and conscience of each child in a caring and inspiring environment’.

 

A) Core values of the Curriculum at ‘SA’ADA’ and ‘BAHDJA’

On the basis of the School’s Vision and Mission as well as our children’s development and needs, the curriculum in ‘SA’ADA’ and ‘BAHDJA’ have aims, content, learning and teaching strategies with specific characteristics. The curriculum promotes comprehensive and balanced development in children through five developmental objectives:

  • cognitive and language development
  • numerical understanding
  • moral development
  • physical development
  • affective and social development

Curriculum aims and content, pedagogy and assessment will focus on the goal of enhancing children’s learning - their knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. We have designed learning activities with abundant sensory stimulation, appropriate content and pedagogy to facilitate children’s understanding. They will construct knowledge through sensory perception and personal experience and will apply their learning with spontaneity to everyday life.

To inculcate and promote an inclusive school culture, a whole school approach will address learner diversity and different learning needs. 

The types of activities include:

  1. STEAM activities to initiate design thinking at an early age
  2. Gross and fine motor activities
  3. ‘Quiet’ and ‘active’ experiences through ‘mindfulness’ 
  4. Individual, group and class activities
THE DAILY SCHEDULE- SA'ADA
S.NO ACTIVITIES DURATION
1 'AHA' - joyful learning through free, outdoor play 25
2 Morning huddle, whole class activities, conversations and sharing of life experiences, circle time 15
3 Learning Activities- involving construction, creation, exploration, language and early Mathematics 90
4 Skill Studio, Music, Art  60
5 Snack Time 20
6 Afternoon huddle, sharing the days' activities, conversation, circle time  15
7 'Home we go' 15

SCHEDULE FOR SA'ADA 1 and 2
TIME ACTIVITIES DURATION
7:20 Arrival  
7:30-7:55 'AHA' - joyful learning through free, outdoor play 25
7:55-8:10 Morning huddle, whole class activities, conversations and sharing of life experiences, circle time 15
8:10-8:40 Learning Activities- involving construction, creation, exploration, language and early mathematics 30
8:40-9:10 Learning Activities- involving construction, creation, exploration, language and early mathematics 30
9:10-9:30 Snack Time 20
9:30-10:00 Learning Activities- involving construction, creation, exploration, language and early mathematics 30
10:00-10:30 Skill Studio, Music, Art  30
10:30-11:00 Skill Studio, Music, Art  30
11:00-11:15 Afternoon huddle, sharing the days' activities, conversation, circle time  15
11:15-11:30 'Home we go' 15
11:30 Dispersal  

B) Core values of the Curriculum at ‘BAHDJA’, the Primary Level

The Primary Level curriculum is modelled to be an exciting journey providing ‘transformative learning’ opportunities for diverse learners. Based on the National Curriculum Framework-2005 and developed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training, New Delhi, the learning program will impact students at every stage as they navigate life in a complex, globalised and hyper connected world. 

Educators at GEMS New Our Own Private High School have designed an extraordinary dynamic curriculum, driven passionately with a comprehensive STEAM approach and mindfulness practices within the framework. It fosters a dual aim of enabling students to create beautiful work that makes a difference in their community and also prepares them for the world that they will meet upon leaving school. We provide students with sound knowledge and the capacity to be collaborative and creative in applying learning ideas into action.

We are a ‘dynamic school’ truly engaging with a ‘dynamic curriculum’, designed by ‘dynamic teachers’. 

We have all the vital ingredients for a great future.

Course Structure

  1. Languages
    • English
    • Arabic
    • Hindi/ Malayalam/ French
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science
  4. UAE Social Studies
  5. Islamic Studies (for Muslim students)
  6. Moral Education

Co-curricular Opportunities

  1. Performing Arts: drama, theatre, music (instrumental and vocal), communication, body kinesthetics
  2. Creative Arts: painting, sculpture, calligraphy, media studies,
  3. Physical Education: learning through ‘AHA’ outdoor joyful play

    Games - tennis, table tennis, badminton, basketball, football, athletics and indoor board games.

    GEMS New Our Own Private High School will be a centre for learning chess

SCHEDULE FOR 'BAHDJA'
TIME ACTIVITIES DURATION
7:20 Arrival  
7:30-7:45 Morning huddle 15
7:45-8:40 Learning Activity 1 55
8:40-9:35 Learning Activity 2 55
9:35-9:50 Snack Time 15
9:50-10:45 Learning Activity 3 55
10:45-11:40 Learning Activity 4 55
11:40-12:35 Learning Activity 5 55
12:35-12:55 Break 20
12:55-1:50 Learning Activity 6 55
1:50-2:00 Afternoon huddle 10
2:00 Dispersal  

The comprehensive STEAM Approach 

At GEMS New Our Own Private High School, STEAM is an educational framework that brings reality into the classroom. It connects the different subjects together in a way that they would relate to the business world and with each other. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The STEAM approach removes any traditional barriers separating these subject areas and provide an overall indulgence in project-based integrated learning.

Learning should be fun and self-driven. Hence, at our school we believe in a student-centered classroom where the teacher, from time to time, takes a step back and encourages students to explore, discuss and solve real-world problems. This practice ensures that we are preparing our students for the future.

The focus of a ‘comprehensive’ STEAM approach is to build on our students’ 21st Century Skills like critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, time and resource management while meeting the standards of the CBSE curriculum. This is achieved by promoting hands-on learning in our classrooms where every child succeeds.

 

An Example of the STEAM Approach

Science topic: Water Cycle

Mathematics topic: Dimensions and measurements

Arts: CA – Creating props PA – Performing the Drama

Technology: Using HD camera to shoot the act

Engineering: Resource management and Prop construction

Project: Students put together an act on the water cycle by designing their own props, writing script, and direction.

STEAM approach:

  • The teacher divides the class into two groups and assigns duties to be completed on a task sheet  
  • Both groups are provided with the necessary material
  • The teacher defines the time limit
  • Encourages the students to take charge/divide their work/choose a leader/create props/write script/manage their time and resources and complete their project at their own pace.

Mindfulness

We have designed a school wide, evidence-based, mindfulness curricula which benefits students through well-being, better social skills and greater academic and learning skills. These include faster information processing, greater focus, efficient working memory, more creativity and cognitive flexibility. Research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology shows that students who practice mindfulness at school, report high optimism, positive emotions, stronger self-identity, reduced anxiety, stress and depression and take better care of their health.