Our secondary curriculum is always evolving

At Amity International School, we prepare students for jobs that have yet to be invented. We believe in a life of careers rather than a career for life. Our curriculum allows students to learn and gain experiences that will empower them in their personal and professional lives beyond Amity.

 

We pride ourselves on the individual care and support provided by our effective pastoral structure, the exceptional academic achievements of our pupils and the development of skills and attributes through learning experiences beyond the classroom. All of our subjects and courses are taught and supported by highly qualified and experienced professionals using excellent resources in world-class facilities.

 

A key element in our curriculum is the pursuit of a positive ‘attitude to learning. Students are assessed and graded in their commitment to the following attributes:

 

  1. Willingness to engage their intellectual curiosity inside and outside of class.

  2. Their level of self-reliance, resilience and independent drive.

  3. Their level of reflection and response to feedback. We’ve established tutoring, reporting and marking practices that we believe to be the best international practices worldwide. Students receive high quality and individualised feedback on their work, which helps them to make progress. According to the acclaimed educationalist Professor John Hattie, such systems have the single greatest impact on progress.

  4. Their drive to improve. We spend significant time discussing the importance of establishing a growth mindset both in class and in student’s tutor periods.

 

House system and School Council

We believe that a strong student voice is at the heart of learning. Pupils should enjoy and feel empowered by their education.  All Amity pupils belong to a House, which fosters a spirit of togetherness and collaboation. There are four houses: Murabba, Hosn, Jahili and Mezyad. Each House has form representatives and House captains, which together make up the School Council,. The School Council meets fortnightly to discuss and debate issues related to learning and school environment. Regular House competitions ensure our pupils are challenged whilst striving for excellence.

 

More about Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)

Our Key Stage 3 British Curriculum is designed to give a broad exposure to a wide variety of subjects and to develop students' understanding, knowledge and learning skills.

Our aim is to nurture pupils who are tolerant, caring and enjoy learning. We aim to stretch and challenge our KS3 pupils across the curriculum, developing intellectual curiosity and high-quality leadership skills. To meet these aims, we provide a wide range of subjects within the curriculum, an extensive co-curricular programme and a well-structured and exciting scholarship programme. 

All pupils at Amity International School study the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science delivered as weekly Physics, Biology and Chemistry lessons
  • Arabic (Native & Non- Native)
  • A choice of two modern languages (from German, French and Spanish) or one modern language plus EAL (English as an Additional Language) for those pupils new to the English language.
  • Geography
  • History
  • Moral Education
  • Social Studies
  • Islamic Studies for Muslim pupils
  • Music
  • PE
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Computing

 

More about Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

We provide a broad and balanced Key Stage 4 British Curriculum for our Year 10 and 11 pupils. At the end of the two-year programme, which includes a combination of core, mandatory subjects and additional subjects chosen by each student, pupils take GCSE examinations. GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) are academic qualifications for each subject, which means students receive a certificate for each for the core and additional subject taken during the two-year course.

 

Core GCSE subjects: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Arabic
  • Social Studies (non-examined)
  • PSHME (non-examined)
  • Physical Education (non-examined)

 

Additional GCSE subjects (pupils choose four options from the following):

 

  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • German
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Physical Education (Examined)

 

 

Moral Education Programme in Secondary

The UAE Moral Education Programme (MEP) was initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and officially launched in March 2017.

 

The aim of this curriculum is to build character, instill an ethical outlook, foster a sense of community and endear culture using the holistic environment of the school, the home, extended family and the wider community - locally and globally.

 

At Amity, we deliver the Moral Education curriculum in both academic and pastoral settings. A spiral curriculum is in place to ensure that all the above mentioned values and aims are covered within the existing curriculum, with a termly focus on specific facets such as: Character and Morality, The Individual and the Community, Civic Studies and Cultural Studies.

 

In addition, we have a series of moral values we highlight and celebrate every month:

  • September – Courage
  • October – Resilience
  • November – Tolerance
  • December – Independence
  • January – Responsibility
  • February – Respect
  • March – Empathy
  • April – Integrity
  • May – Mindfulness
  • June – Teamwork
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Our curriculum will continue to evolve as the need for various skill sets, such as coding and entrepreneurship, become essential for students' future.

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More about Years 7- 9

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We implement a broad curriculum in Years 7 to 9 to expose students to a wide range of subjects, as well as to develop the skills needed for future success.

 

Every student studies the following subjects: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Arabic
  • Science
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science and ICT
  • Personal, Social, Health and Moral Education (PSHME)
  • Music and Drama

 

In addition, students choose a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) and study the Ministry Arabic Curriculum containing Arabic, Social Studies and Islamic Studies for our Muslim students. Non-Muslim students are offered a course of Philosophy for Children and Critical Thinking.

 

To prepare students for Years 10 to 11, we place particular emphasis to develop research, analysis, evaluation, essay writing and presentation skills.

Moral Education Programme for Secondary

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The UAE Moral Education Programme (MEP) was initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and officially launched in March 2017.

 

We aim to build character, instill an ethical outlook, foster a sense of community and endear culture using the holistic environment of the school, the home, extended family and the wider community - locally and globally.

 

 

Arabic

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We aim to ensure our students are strong in Arabic, Islamic (Muslim students only) and Social Studies by effectively teaching them how to read, write and communicate. Students also participate in events as a team of Arabic Ambassadors, to improve their skills and to show them how important Arabic and Social Studies are.

 

Muslim students will also focus on the Islamic Studies course provided by the Ministry of Education, which can help them acquire GCSE Islamic Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More about Years 10 to 11

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Students will be able to choose between 7 and 10 GCSE subjects. Our core curriculum includes: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Arabic
  • Social Studies (non-examined)
  • PSHME (non-examined)
  • Physical Education

 

In addition, students could choose to follow a wide range of additional GCSEs from the following options:

 

Art and Design

Design and Technology

ICT

German

French

Spanish

Business Studies

Drama

Food Technology and Nutrition

Government and Politics

Media Studies

Statistics

Computer Science and IT

Economics

Geography

History

Music

Textiles

 

Please note: We will try our very best to accommodate the first choice of every student, however, sometimes it’s not possible to combine a specific combination of subjects. In this instance, an alternative will need to be chosen.

 

More detailed information about the various subject options can be found in the annual GCSE course guide which is produced when students choose options in Year 9.

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