THE STAR CURRICULUM

Star Al Twar’s curriculum promotes excellence and independence, providing children with the intellectual tools and strategies to think for themselves.

In the Foundation Stage we plan the curriculum to ensure that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the EYFS curriculum.

We fully support the principle that young children learn through play, and by engaging in well-planned structured activities.

At Star Al Twar, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based upon the 7 areas of Learning and Development:

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

We aim to create a Foundation Stage which provides a holistic learning environment that supports the development of cognitive, social and language skills. We strive to provide the children with a classroom of resources inspired and driven by their own interests. This allows for a meaningful context for children to develop skills at their own pace in an enjoyable and challenging learning environment, which in turn creates lifelong independent learners with a positive attitudes towards learning.

Here at Star International School, Al Twar, we meet the needs of all our children through:

 

  • Providing a wide range of opportunities that build upon and extend children’s knowledge, experience and interests in order to develop their self-esteem and confidence level. This will in turn help motivate and support children to learn effectively
  • Quality teaching based on the children’s current interests
  • Using a wide range of teaching strategies based on children’s learning needs
  • Providing a safe and supportive learning environment in which the contribution of all children is valued
  • Well-resourced, creative classrooms using resources that will engage all children
  • Monitoring children’s progress and taking action to provide support or extension as necessary
  • Developing strong partnerships with parents

Primary

The primary school at Star Al Twar include children in Year 1 – Year 6.  The primary school is separated into two phases:

  • Key Stage 1 – Year 1 and 2
  • Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

The children follow the National Curriculum of England which is planned effectively, providing continuity and progression. It promotes an enjoyment of learning and a commitment to learning and achieving.

The Key Curriculum Subjects include:

  • Literacy (English)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • ICT
  • Arabic
  • Islamic studies (Muslim students)
  • Social Studies
  • Moral Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • History
  • Geography
  • PSHE
  • French (KS2)
  • Physical Education
  • Swimming

The Primary curriculum is taught through discrete subjects with cross curricular links throughout.  The core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT are taught separately, while Geography, History, Music, Art and PSHE are taught thematically within creatively planned topic lessons. This themed approach provides a meaningful context for learning which helps to engage the children and make learning interesting and fun.

Throughout all areas of the curriculum, students are challenged to apply their knowledge and understanding in a wide range of contexts.  Children are encouraged to think critically, talk openly and express explicitly about their learning. Self reflection is a vital skill in the learning process, which is embedded through the use of self and peer assessment, where students are actively seeking improvement in their own work. The building of self-confidence is central in all of the above and allows pupils to take ownership of their work, solve problems and undertake new tasks and challenges.

Secondary

In Key Stages 3 and 4, full coverage of the National Curriculum of England ensures that students are meeting UK standards. The curriculum is planned effectively, providing continuity and progression. It promotes an enjoyment and a commitment to learning and achieving.

The secondary curriculum provided by Star International School provides the students with a broad and balanced curriculum suited to the needs of individual children. Specialist teachers are found in all departments who adopt a creative range of teaching strategies and collaborate across departments in order to make cross curricular links wherever possible across all subjects.

 

KS3 Key Curriculum Subjects include:

  • Literacy (English)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • ICT
  • Arabic
  • Islamic studies (Muslim students)
  • Social Studies
  • Moral Education
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Business Studies
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Swimming

KS4

Key Stage 4, marks the beginning of the GCSE course.  Some of what is studied at Key Stage 4 is compulsory, the remainder of the Key Stage 4 curriculum is optional.  We encourage students to choose their subjects based on their skills, talents, and preferred way of working.

The following subjects form the programme of study at Key Stage 4:

Compulsory Subjects

Examined

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Combined or Separate)
  • Arabic (Arabic A Students / Optional for Arabic B Students)

Non-Examined

  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Moral Education
  • Islamic Studies (For Muslim students)

Optional Subjects

Examined

  • Arabic B
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art & Design
  • ICT
  • Media Studies
  • Separate Science
  • Psychology
  • Business Studies

Specialist Subjects

Arabic Language

Within the Foundation Stage, all students study Arabic together.  From Key Stage One, Arabic language classes at Star are divided into two sections:

Arabic A – For native Arabic speakers

The curriculum for Arabic A follows the UAE Ministry of Education syllabus and is enhanced by a range of resource and activities that promote active and purposeful learning.

Arabic B – For non-native Arabic speakers

 

The Arabic B students are divided into differentiated levels within each year group to ensure that appropriate support is provided for each student.

Arabic is an extremely important part of the curriculum at Star.  Children are encouraged to extend their Arabic skills in real life contexts.  Extra-curricular activities further enhance their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Islamic Education

Islamic Education is a subject taught for Muslim students.  It is taught in Arabic for Native speakers, and in English for those students who speak Arabic as an additional language.

The Islamic department follows the Ministry of Education syllabus.  The learning of Islamic concepts are combined with practical examples related to real life experiences.  Our enthusiastic and dedicated teachers explain prescribed Islamic topics that include Hadiths, Aqidah (Faith), and Akhlaq (Manners), Islamic History, Islamic Social Studies together with the appropriate Surahs from the Noble Qu’ran.

Social Studies

Our Social Studies lessons provide children with in-depth knowledge, skills and understanding of the culture, heritage and traditions of the UAE and the Middle East.

Social Studies lessons follow the UAE Ministry of Education syllabus, and is taught from Years 2 to 11.  Through engaging projects and discussions the students develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and presentation skills.

As well as allocated Social Studies lessons, an awareness of the UAE history, geography and traditions is embedded in throughout the curriculum.

Computing

The programme of study for Computing focuses on three main aspects: Digital Literacy, E-Safety and Computer Science.  At Star, we integrate the use of ICT throughout the curriculum.

All students have a timetabled lesson in the ICT suit each week. In addition to this, the students use IPADs and Tablets within the classroom to support research and cross curricular learning opportunities.  All classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard which is used to further enhance their learning experiences.  Within our secondary department we also have a ‘bring your own device’ policy, which further increases the student’s access to ICT on a daily basis.

French

We offer French lessons for students in Year 3 onwards.  The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages.  Learning an additional foreign language at a young age provides the children with a sound basis on which they can build on in Key Stage 3 and 4.  Students are taught in mixed ability classes and receive weekly lessons.